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Dorothy Flynn

October 26, 1924 — June 8, 2021

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Dorothy Flynn, age 96, died June 8, 2021, in Essentia Health, Fargo, ND.

Dorothy Elizabeth Wanzek was born October 26, 1924, to Vincent and Agnes (Kerber) Wanzek in Windsor, ND. Dorothy attended Moon Lake School and graduated from St. John's Academy, Jamestown, ND. She worked at First National Bank in Jamestown after graduation.

Dorothy married Charles M. Flynn on July 23, 1946, at St. Mathias' Church in Windsor. Dorothy was a loving mother to her nine children. The young family moved from Gackle, ND, to Dilworth, MN, then Moorhead, MN, followed by Oriska, ND, and finally back to Moorhead where they settled in for the long run. Dorothy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moorhead for over 65 years and was an active member of the Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters.

Dorothy started waitressing as the children grew. It gave her an opportunity to put her people skills to work. She started at the Gardner Hotel and then moved to the Oak Manor, Holiday Inn, and eventually the West Fargo VFW. For a year, Dorothy operated the luncheon counter at the Cass County Courthouse, Fargo.

A neighbor told her she should apply for a custodian job at Moorhead State University. This led to Dorothy working 23 years as a custodian at Moorhead State. She retired at age 77, but her retirement was short-lived. A couple of months later she took a job at Golden Living Nursing Home in the kitchen doing food preparation. Dorothy worked there until she was 87.

Dorothy showed her love by baking and cooking for you. Neighbors bought her lemon meringue pies. It was just one of her many specialties she would whip up in her spare time. Caramel and cinnamon rolls, angel food cake and her chocolate Texas sheet cake were regular offerings at family gatherings. Roast beef dinners with all the fixings were a regular Sunday offering for whoever was in town. In Dorothy's home there was always room for more people to join in the family dinner.

Dorothy was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

She leaves behind seven children, Jack (Deb Parker), Mike (Pat Michel), Pat (Marlene), Nancy Johnson (Loren), Dan (Karla Larson), Teresa Lepage, and Colleen Flynn-Odney (Nels); daughters-in-law, Cheryl Flynn and Bette Flynn; twenty grandchildren, Emily Eddy (Andy), Adam (Sarah), Aaron (Amber), Chris (Cheryl Stubbe), Nathan, Tony, Tim (Pam Coon), Sara Jirovec (Paul), Bryan, Rebecca Rooney (Patrick), Mackenzie Flynn Enukidze, Brendon (Lisa), Erica Trost (Jared), Rhonda Walsh (Tom), Noah Johnson, Daniel, Eric, Olivia Lepage, Ian and Elsa Odney; 28 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was the last surviving member of the Vincent and Agnes Wanzek family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Alphonse, Jerome, Casimer, Ronald, Leo, Vincent, Marvin and Richard; sisters, Virginia and Isabel; sons, Louie and Dennis; daughter-in-law, Susan (JoJo) Johnson-Flynn; granddaughter, Maria; and former husband, Charles Flynn.

There will be a visitation Sunday, June 13, from 6 - 8 PM, with a prayer service at 8 PM, in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM, Monday, June 14, 2021, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead. Visitation will begin at 10 AM, in the church.

Interment will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Moorhead.


JUN 13. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CT)

Korsmo Funeral Chapel

409 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Prayer Service

JUN 13. 8:00 PM (CT)

Korsmo Funeral Chapel

409 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Mass of Christian Burial

JUN 14. 11:00 AM (CT)

St. Joseph Catholic Church

218 10th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

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