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John N. Flanagan, a retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda teacher, died Sunday (May 25, 2003) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.

Born in Saugerties, he graduated from high school there.

He served three years with the Army during World War II in the European Theater.

After graduating from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1950, he began his teaching career in Gouverneur, completing his master's degree in administration at St. Lawrence University in 1953.

From 1956 to 1959, he taught at Kenmore High School and was one of the original faculty at Kenmore East High School.

He retired in 1981 after 25 years of teaching mechanical drawing in the Ken-Ton School District.

His hobbies in retirement included a stained-glass business and reading. Friends and family recall his entertaining stories and wit.

Flanagan was a member of the American Legion, New York State and Kenmore Retired Teachers associations and Tan Tara Golf Club.

He also was one of the founding members of St. Edmund's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Marjorie Ellen Hasselbeck; two daughters, Katherine F. Ring of Watertown and Sheila A. of Newfane; a brother, Edward M. Jr. of Beaufort, S.C.; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edmund's Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in United German & French Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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