Madeline “Mady” S. (Quillici) Flanagan, 89, passed on Dec 9, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Springfield to the late Albert M. and Nora M. (Shea) Quillici, on April 27, 1930, she resided in Wilbraham from 1968 until 2018. Madeline was a graduate of the High School of Commerce, class of 1947, she served as Class Secretary and Concertmaster of the Orchestra. Upon graduation, she studied at the Katherine Feige Fashion Art School for two years, while being employed at Nirenstein’s National Realty Map Co. as a researcher and cartographer for many years. Her primary responsibility was to complete the “Atlas of the Business Areas of New York City.”
Madeline and her husband, Frank, were the owners and operators of the Lincoln House Restaurant, located at the “X” in Springfield for 13 years. Her last venture into the business world was as a legal secretary to Attorney Charles D. Canavan.
Madeline was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church, she could be seen regularly, as a greeter at the eleven o’clock Sunday Mass. She was a CCD teacher for 17 years and was the second recipient of the Pope Pius X award at St. Cecilia Church. She was a member of the St. Cecilia’s Women’s Club and served for many years, with her husband, as a Co-Captain for the annual Catholic Appeal.
An avid juggler, Mady performed at area parties and parades and other community events as “Silly the Clown.” She was a violinist with Old Post Orchestra, taught violin at Wilbraham Music, was a Producer at Wilbraham Public Access Channel and was a longtime member of the Wilbraham Grange, winning many awards for art work, vegetables and flowers.
Mady held the title of Ms. Senior Massachusetts 1999, and was a Past President of the MS. Massachusetts Senior America Cameo Club. She was also a member of the Democratic Town Committee, serving as Treasurer for several years.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her best friend and loving husband of 52 years, Francis “Frank” J. Flanagan, in 2008, two nephews; James and Richard Randall, her loving sister Mary and brother-in-law Robert Randall, her sister-in-law Mary “Mitzie Flanagan Murphy, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Joseph and Lenore Flanagan. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Betty Shaw and her husband Jim, Ellie Randall, widow of Richard Randall, Peggy Avezzie and her husband Harry, Marie Osgood and her husband Robert, Peter Flanagan, his wife Medina, Susan Flanagan, Francis Flanagan and his wife Carol, Kathleen Migeed and her husband Reda, Karen Lee, Dr. Kevin Flanagan and his wife Carol, and Judy Preman and her husband Neal and many great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 15th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Road, Wilbraham. Funeral will be Monday at 9:00 am at Wilbraham Funeral Home followed by a Mass at 10:00 am at St. Cecilia Church. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Madeline’s name to Hope Ministries at St. Cecilia’s Church, 42 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095, or to Sisters of St. Joseph, Development Office, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or Dakin Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101-6307.
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