Norma J. Flynn

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MINOOKA – Norma J. Flynn, 81, of Minooka passed away peacefully Thursday, September 14, 2017 following a courageous battle with pneumonia. She was born December 14, 1935 in Dwight, daughter of Ira and Eathel Doades Hollis. After graduation from Dwight High School, she began her professional career. First employed at Joliet Arsenal, then Romeoville High School and Minooka Community High School, she was also the Channahon Township Clerk for several years. Norma especially enjoy-ed time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. She was known to all that visited as an excellent cook with large family Thanksgiving feasts as one of her many specialties. Any woman who can prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for 40 people, and it all be completed perfectly at the same time, is a woman who had a special talent for celebrating life with her family. She enjoyed visiting and managing the family farm, where she hosted numerous family reunions. When she traveled, Ireland and Hawaii were her favorite places. Norma is survived by three sons: Ronald (Cynthia) Flynn of Plainfield; Donald (Gabrielle) Flynn of Medina, Ohio; and Patrick (Julie) Flynn of Noblesville, Indiana; and two daughters: Donna (Michael) Hatfield of Garden Ridge, Texas; and Sharon (Michael) Phares of Naperville. She was blessed with 21 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 46 years, Ambrose, in 2004; and her two sisters: Edith Lund and Betty Simpson. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, September 18, in St. Mary Catholic Church, Minooka. Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Minooka. Visitation was Sunday from 2 until 6 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York,  NY  10016  or www.kidney.org/donate or the American Heart Association, 3816 Pay-sphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or https.//donatenow.heart.org would be appreciated.