Obituary: Jeanne Murielle (Gladu) Flynn


Jeanne Murielle (Gladu) Flynn

AUBURN – Jeanne Murielle (Gladu) Flynn, 83, of Auburn Maine, passed peacefully into eternal life on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice with her family and loved ones by her side.

She was born in Lewiston on August 5, 1938, daughter of the late Ronald and Loretta Gladu. She was educated at Lewiston Schools and graduated from the Class of 1957 at Lewiston High School where she distinguished herself as the Marching Band Majorette Leader. Her grace, style and beaming smile also landed her a job as a local model at Ward Brothers.

On April 18, 1959, Jeanne married a handsome sailor named Brian Flynn. They were married at SS Peter and Paul Basilica where they began their 51-year journey together, raising 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The odyssey would take them from Lewiston, Saco, Bellows Falls VT, Rumford, Westbrook, Bethel, and then to their final destination in Auburn.

As a young girl, she was very close to her parents on both sides of the family and bonded with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins ​​that would last a lifetime. She remembered spending time on the family farm where many innocent and mischievous childhood memories were made. Family would serve as a hallmark of her value system and remained her greatest source of joy as she raised her own family.

Jeanne fully embraced being a mother and her loving and warm welcome extended to everyone who entered her home. Who could count the shoelaces she tied, the meals she prepared, the beds she lined, the splinters she removed, the football games, dance recitals, baseball games, ski races? , the field hockey games, plays, basketball games, track and field competitions, concerts, and the graduation ceremonies and baptisms she has attended over the years. She was always there, compassionate, loyal and enthusiastic.

Jeanne was an extremely successful professional. She has held many sales-related positions, winning trips and accolades for her accomplishments. She was also a licensed real estate agent who quickly became one of the top local producers. However, her fondest memory from work is the time she spent as a young woman as a receptionist at Central Maine Medical Center, where her innate gift of being a kind and warm person was extended to everyone.

Jeanne was a deeply spiritual person and a devoted Catholic. She spent time in prayer devotions and gently said the Rosary with her granddaughters in the morning before school. One of his most lasting experiences was a religious pilgrimage in 2002 to the small village of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She had a true belief in the goodness of God and a special love for Blessed Mother Mary who shone on all who met her.

In addition to her family, Jeanne has spent time with her loving companion for over nine years, Donald St. Germain. She loved his laughter and his friendship and always wanted him by her side. She also loved the ocean and dining with her girlfriends.

Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Brian G. Flynn Sr., her parents Ronald and Loretta Gladu and her brother Robert Gladu.

Jeanne is survived by her companion Donald St. Germaine of Auburn, her sister Connie Traynor and her husband Leyon of Lewiston; son Brian G. Flynn Jr. and wife Marlene of Odessa, Fla., daughter Kelli Flynn Aitken of Auburn, Kara L. Pidgeon and husband Tim of York, Michele F. Lever of Auburn, Amy F. Boucher and husband Stephen of West Hartford, Connecticut; 13 grandchildren, Rory Flynn and wife Jen of Auburn, Maeghan Flynn, Shea Flynn, Devin Flynn, Erin Aitken, Liam Flynn, Branden Lever, Allarie Lever, Brooke Lever, Jordan Pidgeon, Shane Pidgeon, Madeline Boucher and Maisie Boucher; and three great-grandchildren. Hayden Flynn, Piper Flynn and Rowan Flynn.

Joan will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her beauty, grace and abundant spirit will live on in the hearts of those she touched.

A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday October 22 at 11 am at St. Philip’s Church. Commitment prayer to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lewiston.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, October 21, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pinette Dillingham & Lynch 305 Alfred A. Plourde Parkway Lewiston Funeral Home. Face masks recommended.

Online condolences and sharing of memories can be expressed at http://www.lynchbrothers.com

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