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Official Obituary of

Rosemary W. (Wood) Flanagan

June 26, 1931 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Rosemary Flanagan Obituary

Rosemary W. Flanagan, 92, of Canton died peacefully in the company of family at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

Rosemary was born June 26, 1931 in Norwood, a daughter of the late Harold and Frances Sophia Wood. She graduated from Norwood High School and from Canton ATI. On July 5, 1952, she was married to John Flanagan at St. Mary’s Church, Canton with Rev. George Whitaker, celebrating the marriage. John predeceased her on January 13, 1990.

Rosemary and John operated the St. Lawrence Inn in Canton for many years, she loved being the hostess and making many friendships. She enjoyed sewing, cats, gardening, feeding the birds in her backyard, wintering in Florida and traveling to see lighthouses. She was also a Cub Scout Den Mother.

Rosemary in survived by four children, John Jr. “Jack” (Kathy) Flanagan, Lynn (Steven) Lawrence, Paul (Sharon) Flanagan and Bruce (Jennie) Flanagan; grandchildren, Sean (Heather) Flanagan, Kyle (Sara) Flanagan, Harry (Amanda) Lawrence, Delaney Lawrence, Shannon (Gordon) Gehring, Brendan and Connor Flanagan and Jada Flanagan; great-grandchildren Shea and Cam Joseph Flanagan, Oliver and Wesley Lawrence and Graham Gehring. Also surviving are a step-sister Mary Louise Morris and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601 or at, or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or at

A graveside service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the spring.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at Arrangements for Rosemary W. Flanagan are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.

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