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Pauline Flannery

Des Moines

Pauline Marjorie Flannery passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Des Moines, at the age of 92. A funeral service to celebrate Pauline's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Following a luncheon at the Kirkwood Room (adjacent to Lensing Funeral Home), burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City.
She was born April 16, 1925, the daughter of William and Alba (Hudachek) Fouchek of Lone Tree. She grew up on the Fouchek family farm and graduated from Lone Tree High School in 1942. As a child, she desired to be a teacher so after graduation she enrolled at the Iowa State Teachers College in a special course designed for teaching in rural, one-room country schoolhouses. She graduated from college in 1943 and began her teaching career. She taught in Pleasant Valley, Newport and Scott Township schools. She also served as the secretary for the Johnson County Rural Teacher's Association. During the summers she helped the war effort by working in a munitions factory.
On Feb. 23, 1949, Pauline was united in marriage to James Flannery at St. Mary's Church in Iowa City. They began farming east of Iowa City in Scott Township. While on the farm, they raised their sons William, Kenneth and Donald. Pauline was an avid gardener and grew beautiful flowers. She was an excellent cook. She enjoyed helping neighbors and playing cards. Pauline enjoyed photography and loved documenting all of her many travels.
In later years, Pauline and Jim spent the winter months in Florida and Arizona. They retired from farming in 1991 and moved to Longmont, Colo. On Nov. 5, 1993, Jim passed away and Pauline moved back to Iowa City. In 2013, she moved to Des Moines to be close to her family.
Pauline was a skilled writer and had a talent for writing rhyming poems for her family and friends. These poems would commemorate special occasions and good times. She composed her memoirs in writing as a keepsake for her family. She also liked to create scrapbooks and albums for her family. Her family cherishes these keepsakes. Pauline loved collecting shells from ocean beaches. She would create many wonderful crafts from these shells. She also enjoyed oil painting and ceramics. She gave her works of art to her family and friends. But above all, her first and foremost priority was her family.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, James; sons, William and Kenneth; her parents, William and Alba Fouchek; her sister, Helen Waldschmidt; and her brother, Harold Fouchek.
She is survived by her son, Don (Beth) Flannery and their children, Patricia (Geoffrey) Gallop, Jessica Flannery and Michael (Katharine) Flannery;
daughter-in-law, Susan Manning and her daughters, Kathryn and Elizabeth Flannery; sister-in-law, Marita McGurk; and many nieces and nephews in the Flannery, Fouchek, Walschmidt, McGurk and Halsch families.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.