Constance Flanigan Boase (nee Constance Barclay Weil), 86, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013. Connie was born in 1926 to Carol Suzanne (Wallace) and Laurence Jacob Weil in Cleveland, younger sister to D. Wallace Weil.
Connie grew up primarily in Cleveland and Shaker Heights. Ever the bright student, she entered Oberlin College at age 16 and graduated in 1946 at the age of 19, with a teaching degree. While a student at Oberlin College, she went on a blind date with Naval Ensign Thomas C. Flanigan, who was stationed at Oberlin with his V-12 unit. When Tom got his orders to ship out to the South Pacific, Connie took a train to New Orleans, where they married in January 1945, before his deployment.
Upon Tom's return, the couple settled in Cleveland, where four of their children were born. In 1958, they moved back to Oberlin, where their fifth child, Mary Beth, was born. Tom preceded Connie in death in 1979.
Connie, like her mother, taught elementary students in the Oberlin schools for many years. Education was highly valued by Connie and she fostered a love of learning and reading in her students, as well as in her own children. Her daughter, Kathleen and granddaughter, Kristina, followed in her footsteps and also became teachers.
Connie had a lifelong commitment to volunteering and was active on the boards of the Lorain County Mental Health Association and Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation and raised funds for the American Lung Association. She had helped in the family’s business General Plug & Manufacturing Co.
Connie was instrumental in the planning and development of Kendal Retirement Community in Oberlin. In October 1993, Connie became one of the first Kendal residents. She served on many Kendal committees over the years and played a critical role in the building of the beautiful Kendal swimming pool.
While at Kendal, Connie met fellow resident and widower, Paul Boase. She and Paul married in July 1996 and spent four wonderful years together, particularly enjoying extensive traveling. A highlight was their 90-day world cruise that took them from Hawaii to New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, India, Egypt, Italy and other points along the way. Paul preceded Connie death in the year 2000.
Throughout the years, Connie found great pleasure in her reading, music, playing bridge, ping pong, water-walking, and her family, of whom she was very proud.
She is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, brother, nieces and nephews and their children. These are: Kathleen Lindeman (husband Dennis, daughters, Merideth (Scott) Fitzpatrick, Kristina (Joe) McCarron, Morgan and Meghan McCarron); Kevin Flanigan (wife Gail, children, Megan, Ryan and Kaitlin Flanigan), Ellen Deeter (husband David, daughter, Carole Deeter), Susan Flanigan, and Mary Beth Stibbins (husband Tom, children, Michael, Matthew and Jennifer Stibbins), and D. Wallace Weil and his family.
The family wishes to acknowledge the care and comfort given by Kendal, EMH Healthcare, Grace Hospital, and Evelyn Smitko.
A memorial service, honoring Connie's life, will be 2 P.M., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Kendal Auditorium in Oberlin. Memorial contributions can be made to American Lung Association, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd., Suite 260, Independence, OH 44131.
Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria handled arrangements.