The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 15, 2004


Helen A. Flannery A woman dedicated to her family

Helen A. (Sowerbutts) Flannery, 74, of Carlisle, formerly of Concord and Fitchburg, died Saturday, October 9 at her home on Concord Street. She was the wife of the late Richard Flannery who died in 1979.

Born in Fitchburg on June 12, 1930 she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Healy) Sowerbutts. She attended Fitchburg parochial schools and in 1948 she graduated from St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg and later from the Shephard-Gill School of Practical Nursing in Boston.

From 1949 to 1964 Mrs. Flannery was employed as a nurse at The Cottage of Emerson Hospital, where she worked in the maternity ward. Previously, she was a private-duty nurse in the Boston area. She retired in 1964.

Following her marriage she moved to Concord and, in 1955, she and her husband built a home on Concord Street in Carlisle where she has lived for the past 49 years. She was dedicated to her family and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her four sons, William Flannery of Hollywood, Florida, Daniel Flannery of Westford, David Flannery of Carlisle, and Stephen Flannery of Reading, her daughter, Patricia Ann Flannery of Dracut, one brother, William Sowerbutts of Pennsylvania, two sisters, Claire Lambert and Katherine Lashua, both of Fitchburg, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, October 13 from the Joseph Dee & Son funeral Home, Concord, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Bernard Church. Celebrant of the Mass was the Rev. John A. Murray, pastor of St. Bernard's Church. Burial was in the family burial plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, where Father Murray read the committal prayers.

Contributions in Mrs. Flannery's memory may be made to Emerson Hospital, Hospice Program, ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. To send a condolence message to the family guest book, please visit

• Did you see the story on "Carlisle Village" in the Globe Northwest section last Sunday? It represented Carlisle so well because it was written by a Mosquito feature writer, Nancy Shohet West, who grew up and still lives in Carlisle. (See Shohet West's interviews with assistant principal, Michael Giurlando, on page 9, and school nurses, Kathy Horan and Lori Desjardin, on page 10.)

Jonathan A. Stevens of Maple Street, president of Ames Textile Corporation, was installed as chairman of the National Textile Association on September 20 at their 150th annual meeting. Stevens will serve a two-year term as chair of the association, which works closely with the U.S. Congress and Department of Commerce, European trade organizations and the World Trade Organization on the development of free and fair trade legislation and agreements, and provides member companies with information and resources in textile and related industries.

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