Mary  Flynn

Obituary of Mary Flynn

Mary Evelyn Flynn, 78, of Jacksonville, IL passed away Friday, December 29, 2017. She was born on May 9, 1939 in Springfield the eldest daughter of Richard and Leota Burmeister.

Mary attended Scared Heart Academy in Springfield, IL playing first clarinet in school orchestra and graduating valedictorian in 1957. She completed nurses training at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN the following year and traveled south to her first nursing assignment at the former Norris Hospital in Jacksonville working in the Emergency Room.

It was during this stay that Mary met her future husband, Mike, on a blind date accompanying mutual friends, as

was the custom of the time. Mary and Mike fell in love, wed on June 10, 1961 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, and were married for 51 years until Mike preceded her in death on April 21, 2013.

Mary and Mike are survived by seven children - six boys and one girl. Danny (Michelle) Flynn of Springfield, Jeannie (Ken) Krebs of Edwardsville, Steve (Kathy) Flynn of Chesterfield, MO, Ronnie (Meena) Flynn of New York City, Chris Flynn of Wellesley, MA, Andy (Aimee) Flynn of Brooklyn, NY, and Mark (Vivian) Flynn of New York City; and 14 grandchildren, Michael Flynn, Cole and Jessica Krebs, Meaghan, Shannon, Abigail, Jack, Anya, Alex, Sonya, David, Sophia, Josephine and Frances Flynn.

Mary is also survived by five siblings, Chuck (Joan) Burmeister of Springfield, Julia Burmeister of Chicago, Jim (Marian) Burmeister of Springfield , Cathy (Dick) Glatz of St. Louis, and Bob (Bev) Burmeister of Springfield; and she was preceded in death by one brother, Dick Burmeister and one sister, Jane Burmeister.

Mary was above all else a mother; she found her greatest joy and fulfillment in nurturing, guiding and providing for her children. She was an adventurer in heart and in practice whose zest for life was evidenced by her traveling, hiking, singing, ATV riding, paragliding, whale watching, and reading. And also she was a friend establishing many lifelong relationships, in particular her prayer group amongst others, in Jacksonville community and beyond.

Mary and Mike farmed east of town, and after raising their children, Mary returned to her nursing career working at the Morgan County Jail and retiring from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2004. Mary was also an avid sports fan cheering for the University of Notre Dame football team, the University of North Carolina basketball team, and the Boston Bruins hockey team.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Church of Our Saviour with burial at Calvary Cemetery. The family will meet friends 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Williamson Funeral Home. A prayer service will be conducted at 3:45 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to American Lung Association. involved/ways-to-give/ > Memorial & Honors Gift. Condolences may be left online at