Jeanne Murielle (Gladu) Flynn

AUBURN – Jeanne Murielle (Gladu) Flynn, 83, of Auburn Maine, passed into eternal life peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice with family and loved ones supportively by her side.

She was born in Lewiston on August 5, 1938, the daughter of the late Ronald and Loretta Gladu. She was educated in Lewiston schools and was a graduate of the class of 1957 at Lewiston High School where she distinguished herself as Head Majorette for the marching band. Her grace, style, and radiant smile also earned her a local modeling job at Ward Brothers.

On April 18, 1959, Jeanne married a handsome Marine named Brian Flynn. They were married at the Basilica of SS Peter and Paul where they would begin their lifetime journey of 51 years together, raising 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The odyssey would take them from Lewiston, to Saco, to Bellows Falls VT, to Rumford, to Westbrook, to Bethel, and then to her final destination in Auburn.

As a young girl, she was very close to her relatives on both sides of the family, and she made bonds with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins that would last a lifetime. She reminisced of spending time on the family farm where many innocent and mischievous childhood memories were made. Family would serve as the hallmark of her value system and remained her greatest source of joy as she raised her own family.

Jeanne embraced being a mother to the fullest and her loving, warm welcome radiated to all who entered her home. Who could count the shoelaces she tied, the meals she made, the beds she tucked in, the splinters she removed, the football games, dance recitals, baseball games, ski races, field hockey games, plays, basketball games, track meets, concerts, and graduations, and baptisms she attended over the years. She was always there, compassionate, loyal, and enthusiastic.

Jeanne was an extremely successful professional. She worked in many sales related positions winning trips and accolades for her achievements. She was also a licensed real estate agent who quickly became a top local producer. However, her fondest memory of work was the time she spent as a young woman as a receptionist at Central Maine Medical Center where her innate gift of being a kind, warm person was extended to all.

Jeanne was a deeply spiritual person and a devoted Catholic. She spent time in prayer devotions and sweetly said the rosary with her granddaughters in the morning before school. One of her most enduring experiences was traveling on a religious pilgrimage in 2002 to the small village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She had a true belief in the goodness of God and a special love for the Blessed Mother Mary that radiated out to all who met her.

In addition to family, Jeanne spent time with her loving companion of over nine years, Donald St. Germain. She enjoyed his laughter and friendship and always wanted him by her side. She also loved the ocean and dinners with her girlfriends.

Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Brian G. Flynn Sr., parents Ronald and Loretta Gladu, and brother Robert Gladu.

Jeanne is survived by companion Donald St. Germaine of Auburn, sister Connie Traynor and husband Leyon of Lewiston; son Brian G. Flynn Jr. and wife Marlene of Odessa, Fla., daughter Kelli Flynn Aitken of Auburn, Kara L. Pidgeon and husband Tim of York, Michele F. Lever of Auburn, Amy F. Boucher and husband Stephen of West Hartford, Conn.; 13 grandchildren, Rory Flynn and wife Jen of Auburn, Maeghan Flynn, Shea Flynn, Devin Flynn, Erin Aitken, Liam Flynn, Branden Lever, Allarie Lever, Brooke Lever, Jordan Pidgeon, Shane Pidgeon, Madeline Boucher and Maisie Boucher; and three great-grandchildren. Hayden Flynn, Piper Flynn, and Rowan Flynn.

Jeanne will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her. Her beauty, grace and abundant spirit will live on in the hearts of those she touched.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday October 22nd 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Church. Committal prayers to follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lewiston.

Family and friends are invited to visit Thursday Oct. 21, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pinette Dillingham & Lynch Funeral Home 305 Alfred A. Plourde Parkway Lewiston. Face masks recommended.

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