SISTER MARY GRACE FLYNN, VHM
Sister Mary Grace Myriam Flynn, VHM, member of the Mount de Chantal community of Sisters of the Visitation since 1945, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at Mount de Chantal. She was 81. Born in Wheeling, she was the daughter of the late James and Frances Gilligan Flynn and was also preceded in death by her sister Lenore Flynn Griffith.
A 1944 graduate of Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University, a master’s degree in library science from The Catholic University of America, and Montessori Teacher Certification from the Michigan Montessori School.
Her service at Mount de Chantal included librarian and teacher of English, Latin, and religion in the academy; teacher and director in the Mount Montessori program; dormitory counselor; member of the academy Board of Trustees from 1975 to 2005; and directress of the formation program for the community of Visitation Sisters. Between 1974 and 2000, she was elected and served six terms of three years as superior of the community. In service to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston she was a vice-president of the Diocesan Council of Sisters and a member of numerous committees. From 1984 to 1996 she was a councilor of the Second Federation of the Visitation Order in the United States. This federation includes communities and schools in the Dioceses of Washington, DC, St. Louis MO, Minneapolis-St. Paul MN, Brooklyn NY and Wheeling-Charleston.
With Sister Mary Loyola Lynn, VHM, Sister Mary Grace compiled an index published in 1968 of works in English by Saint Francis de Sales, cofounder of the Visitation Order. In 2007 she prepared a compilation entitled Select Salesian Subjects published by De Sales Resources and Ministries of Stella Niagara, New York.
Sister Mary Grace is survived by a niece, Mimi Griffith, and three nephews, John, James and Andrew Griffith, and their families.
Friends will be received in the Mount de Chantal chapel, 410 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, on Friday, January 9th from noon until 6:00 pm and on Saturday, January 10th from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm when a funeral Mass will be celebrated in the chapel with Father Walter Buckius, SJ, as main celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Visitation, 410 Washington Avenue, Wheeling WV 26003.
Arrangements are by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling.