Mary Flinn

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Mary FlinnMary K. Flinn, age 94 of Redwood Falls, passed away on May 15, 2019 at Seasons Hospice House after a rich and full life. According to her wishes, no public services will be held.  Memorials may be sent to Friends of the Park, c/o Minnwest Bank, PO Box 439, Redwood Falls, MN, 56283.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mary was born on July 23, 1924 to William and Dolores Schottenbauer in Clements, Minnesota. They moved to Redwood Falls before Mary started school and Mary attended elementary and high school in Redwood Falls. After graduating from high school in 1942, she attended the College of Saint Catherine and the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1946 with a degree in home economics. She married Jim Flinn on December 27, 1946. They returned to Redwood Falls after Jim finished medical school and lived there except during Jim’s internship and his military service during the Korean conflict. They built their house on Lincoln Street and Mary made it their home. Mary managed the household and filled the house with family, friends, art, books, and mementos of their adventures. They were married 72 years until his death earlier this year and shared a marriage that was a partnership filled with love and activities. They have five children.

After the children left home, Mary returned to college at Southwest State College and earned a fine arts degree with an emphasis in pottery in 1983. She then operated a business, The Gulch Pottery, selling her pottery. Mary was active in the community serving in leadership positions at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, the University of Minnesota alumni board, the Republican Party, and the Minnesota Medical Auxiliary. She also participated in the Belle Lettres Federated club, bridge club, and operated an art studio with close friends. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and food preparation as well as hunting, fishing, backpacking, attending U of MN football games, and visiting homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with her sister, Rose. Although declining health made these last few years difficult, she fiercely protected her independence.

Mary is survived by her family, including children and spouses, Mike and Brenda Flinn, Steve and Lenore Flinn, Kathy and Peter Polga, Laurie and Patrick Flinn Connelly and Nancy Flinn, her sister and brother-in-law, Rose and Don Andersen, her sister-in-law Nancy Newell, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and twenty four great-grandchildren who were her pride and joy.
She was Momsy, a planner with lists and schedules who made things happen. She used her creativity to fill our lives with food and art. She was the authority on cooking and was the resource to call for advice on any recipe or food preparation. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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  1. Jeff & Michelle Lammers says

    Prayers to the Flinn families!! Treasure all the memories which sound like there are many!!
    God’s blessings to you all.

  2. MaryKay Kerkhoff says

    My Sincerest Sympathy to Mary’s family!
    She was a lovely lady.
    May she rest in peace.

    Mary Kay Kerkhoff

  3. My deepest sympathy to the families of Mary Flinn…just remember the memories and stories of your parents and they will help you through the hardest times, I lost both my parents as well and thinking of all the good times, family times and stories is what helps me (besides painting), I knew them through my place of work and talking to them when I would see them…your memories and stories of Mary will keep living forever…I am so sorry for your loss. Keep your families close and hold tight to memories.

  4. William Sullivan says

    What an extraordinary woman. I remember with great joy our mountain adventure to the Big Horns. Mary never complained, was always on top of her game and was very welcoming to new adventures. We all shall miss Jim and Mary Flinn. Kristi and Bill Sullivan

  5. Barbara (Halder) Ferguson says

    My sympathies to the family ~

    Barb (Halder) Ferguson
    (I did on the job with Dr Flinn back in “84)

  6. My deepest condolences to Mary’s family and friends.
    A very decorative life, may her memory and legacies be forever cherished. May her soul rest in peace!

  7. Mary Gross says

    Mary & Jim were mentors to my husband Tom & me. They were the reason we moved to Redwood Falls in 1982. They were wonderful, kind, accepting people who can never be replaced.

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