Jul 4, 1932 - Apr 30, 2017
Rosalie Helen Flanagan, 84, of Riverton died Sunday, April 30, 2017 at her home in Riverton, Wyoming. A rosary will be Friday evening, 7:00 p.m., May 5, 2017 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., May 6, 2017 at the church. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Rosalie Helen Giesler was born July 4, 1932 in Laramie, Wyoming to Roland and Lulu (Austin) Giesler. She always thought that being born on the fourth of July was extremely fortunate and loved the fireworks that celebrated her birthday. She received her education from grade school to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. It was at the University that she met her future husband Phillip Flanagan. They were married on June 22, 1957. Rosalie taught school in Rawlins, Casper, Gallup New Mexico and Riverton. She was also one of the original teachers of President Johnson's adult classes on Poverty where she helped with GED classes. She received her training for this venture at the University of Colorado. She also worked with Phillip Flanagan and Associates and General Nuclear. Over the last 35 years Rosalie took care of her husband’s business ventures after his passing.
Rosalie and Phil moved to Riverton in 1958 raising their 4 children. Through the years Mrs. Flanagan enjoyed working with the Cub Scouts, Brownies, St. Margaret's School, Little League and 4-H. She enjoyed following her children and grandchildren adventures in Football, Basketball, Swimming, Skiing and Barrel Racing among other things. Rosalie also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, genealogy, playing with her dogs and gardening.
One of the things Rosalie was most proud of was her ability to fund worthy individuals who might need a little push to finish their college education and to fund scholarships at Saint Margaret's School.
Mrs. Flanagan considered herself very fortunate for having been born in the United States, born in Wyoming, and born Catholic. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Riverton.
She is survived by her four children; Phillip Edward Flanagan, III of Aurora, CO, Cynthia Jo Flanagan of Riverton, Patricia Kim Heil and husband Rodney of Riverton and Lars Michael Flanagan and wife JoAnne of Riverton and her 7 grand kids Justine McOmie, Sierra Tate, Macey Heil, Caleb Heil, Jacob Nuss, Jace Flanagan and Carlee Flanagan; and her 5 Great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip E. Flanagan in 1982; her parents Roland and Lulu Giesler; two brothers, John and Jim Giesler; and sister Joan Marusich.
Memorials may be made to the St. Margaret’s Foundation in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.