Patrick Melvin Flannery, age 97, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at his home in Elk Grove, CA. Pat was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Patrick L. and Gertrude (Meehan) Flannery. Pat married Elizabeth (Betty) Michels in 1945, after spotting her at a local bingo game five years earlier when he was 17 and she only 15. They were very happily married for almost 71 years, until Betty passed in April, 2016. Pat is survived by his six daughters and their families: Gerry Hill of Atlanta, GA; Rosemary Costa of Elk Grove; Terry Sterling of Fallon, Nevada; Regina Reichenberg of Elk Grove; Kathy Lee of Elk Grove; and Janine Flannery of Springfield, VA. Pat is also survived by two of his younger sisters, Dolores Hirschfeld and LaVerne Wayhart, both of Pittsburgh, PA, and his special niece Joan Kness of Canonsburg, PA. Pat enjoyed his twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife Betty, Pat was preceded in death by his son Richard J. Flannery in 1984, his granddaughter Robyn L. Reichenberg in 2003, and his niece Nancy (Flannery) McGuinness in 2004.
Pat grew up in a very poor, working-class section of Pittsburgh, but he didn't let that stop him from getting an education and advancing himself through the years. Pat proudly served (1942-1945) in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radioman on PBM aircraft surveilling coastlines for enemy submarines. When he was discharged from the military at the war's end, even as a young man of 23, Pat knew education would be his ticket to a good future, and set out to earn an accounting degree from Robert Morris College (Pittsburgh, PA, 1948). He later took additional night classes at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Pat had interesting and varied jobs during his lifetime, always looking for a better opportunity to support his growing family. Pat was a forward thinker, with an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1958, Pat was quick to realize the long-term benefits of investing in mutual funds and the financial security they could provide in later years, and he became an enthusiastic salesman and early investor. In 1964, he dared to move his growing family of 7 children from Pittsburgh to northern California for a job transfer with his then-employer, Manpower, Inc. Later, he and his wife Betty owned and managed three Sacramento-area employment agencies for many years. Pat was an outgoing and friendly person, and loved interacting with people. For decades, he was a member of Toastmasters International (both in Pittsburgh and Sacramento), and won several local and regional awards for his speeches. He won First Place in his area's division for Humorous Speech when he was 88 years old! Betty and Pat also owned and operated Casino Monte Carlo, a company that staged casino parties for many local non-profit organizations for twelve years. Pat was a devoted follower of Notre Dame football, and frequently had a $1 bet going with his grandsons on the games. He was very interested in genealogy, and had traced his family's Irish roots back to the 1800s, finding a few surprises along the way. Pat was a life-long and devoted Catholic, and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in South Sacramento and later Good Shepherd Church in Elk Grove.
Pat had a quick and wonderful sense of humor. Even in his later years, he never forgot a joke, and was always ready with one to tell you. When someone new would say “nice to meet you”, it was not unusual for Pat to respond “I know”, with a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face.
Pat's family would like to thank the City of Elk Grove for honoring Pat with a military banner hung across the street from the Civic Center. Pat was very proud of his military service and his banner acknowledging it, and would frequently take visiting family and friends to see it.
Visitation and rosary will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 9 AM at St. Mary's Cemetery and Funeral Center, 6509 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento CA 95820. A Celebration Mass will be held following the rosary. Burial at St. Mary's will follow the Mass. A reception will be held immediately after the burial for friends and family. Donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society at Good Shepherd Church, 9539 Racquet Court, Elk Grove CA 95758.
See St. Mary's website for additional information at: www.cfcsacramento.org/obituaries/