Mary T. Flannery, 75, of Chestnut Hill, a community volunteer who had been a member of the Chestnut Hill Local staff for 25 years, died of congestive heart failure May 1 at Abington Hospital.

Mrs. Flannery had started work at the Local as a receptionist and was classified advertising manager when she retired in 2007.

Earlier she had worked as a pre-school teacher in the nursery school at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.

A longtime community volunteer, Mrs. Flannery had for many years assisted contestants in the Montgomery County Special Olympics in the swimming, golf and bowling competitions.

She also was an active volunteer for the Chestnut Hill Community Association at its annual dinner, at Pastorius Park concerts and other events. She collected surplus food from area supermarkets for the dining room at St. Vincent’s Church in Germantown, worked at the annual clothing drive at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill and served as an overnight host for homeless families at area churches participating in the Northwest Interfaith Hospitality Network.

She also volunteered at St. Joseph’s Villa in Flourtown, a nursing home, transporting residents from their rooms to hairdresser appointments.

Mrs. Flannery is survived by a daughter, Maureen Hervada; sons Michael, John, Matthew, Martin and Brian, and 12 grandchildren. Her husband of 41 years, John Flannery, died in 2002.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 4 at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, with interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham. Memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics Montgomery County, 980 Harvest Drive, Suite 203, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

  • Wxmarkmc

    I was a classmate of her son Brian at OMC. She was a sweet and very kind woman. My prayers to her family.