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Frances M. Flanary

January 5, 2017

Topeka–Frances M. Flanary, 92, formerly of Maple Hill died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at a Topeka Hospital.

She was born July 30, 1924 near St. Marys, the daughter of John and Ellen Elizabeth “Nellie” Laymon Bernritter.  Frances graduated from St. Marys High School.

Frances drove a school bus for the Maple Hill Schools and later worked for the State of Kansas in the Revenue and Animal Health Departments.  She was a member of the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church.

On September 12, 1946 she was united in marriage to Barney Flanary Jr. at Lawrence.  He preceded her in death on January 1, 2005; she was also preceded in death by a son, Guy and a granddaughter, Theresa Janosik; brothers, William, Donald, Frank and John Bernritter; sisters, Bessie Still, Dorothy Crawford, Irene Fitzgerald and Priscilla Still.

Survivors include her son, Frank (Nancy) Flanary, Maple Hill; her daughter, Arlene (Greg) Janosik, Topeka; sisters, Philomena Ellis, Emporia and Helen Graham, Topeka; four grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 P..M. Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church.  Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Flanary will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church and sent in care of the funeral home.  To read a full obituary or to leave an online condolence, please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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6 thoughts on “Frances M. Flanary

  1. Arlene and Frank, I am so sorry about your mom and hated that I could not make the funeral. I have good memories of her and know you will miss her very much. May God’s peace help you in the days to come. Blessings to your family.

  2. So sorry to learn of Frances’s passing, I’ve known her for over 79 years. We were married within a month of each other. She and my husband,Edwin, were just a few months different in age. I have pictures of them as very small children. Hugs and prayers.

  3. Dear Flanary family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I knew your parents through the dental office I work in. Gage Dental. I had the pleasure of seeing your mom,and my coworker, Ginger Bohn, would see your dad. They were wonderful people. I lost my mom several years ago, and I always loved getting my ” mom hug” from Frances. She was a special lady. She will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Barbara Keck

  4. Frank, Arlene and Family,
    Your Mom and My Aunt Frances will greatly be missed by all.
    I’ll always remember the times I spent at the “Flanary Farm”: in Maple
    Hill. Gathering eggs from the many chickens she had, was very exciting to a City girl.
    Now, i will miss seeing her and giving her a little hug when she
    came in for her “checks” at the HC. I always made sure everyone
    knew that “this is my Aunt, so be good too her”: she always Smiled
    at that.
    Thinking of All,
    Love, Donna G.

  5. Dear Arlene, Frank and family,
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to your families during this difficult time. Frances was the sweetest, caring lady and she will be missed by all who knew her. She and Barney were treasured friends of my parents and I am sure they will all be planning many fun times once they reunite up in “heaven”. May God bless and help you all through the days ahead as you remember your wonderful mom and grandmother.
    Joyce and Bob Gudenkauf

  6. I send my condolences to Mrs. Flanary’s family. I and my parents knew your parents very well.

    Robert (Bob) Hoferer, JR
    St. Marys

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