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Charlotte Elaine Jenot Flanagan Merz

1929 - 2024


Charlotte Elaine Jenot Flanagan Merz passed away peacefully at home on January 23rd, 2024. Charlotte was born to Timothy James Jenot and Doris (Lent) Jenot on May 1st, 1929, in Binghamton, NY. Charlotte is predeceased by both her parents; sister; Irene Linville; Brother, Donald Jenot; and her first husband Gerald Gage Flanagan. She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Frederick Merz ; sister: Georgia Simons; children: Jeffrey (Diane) Flanagan, Gary (Heather) Flanagan, Janice (George) Medlar; grandchildren: Peter (Kathryn) Flanagan, Mary (Craig) Fitzgerald, Michael Scott, Caroline (David) Cooper; great grandchildren: Liam and Claire Flanagan, Mac, Joseph and Luke Fitzgerld, Barrett and Sawyer Cooper; sister-in-law: Joan (Irv) Crumb; brother-in-law: Walter (Fran) Merz, Raymond (Kathy) Merz; and dozens of nieces & nephews. Char graduated from Chenango Forks School and attended business school in Binghamton. She retired in 1992 after 25 years as a secretary in the Wappingers school district and 7 years as an elementary librarian in Greene, NY schools. In 1949 Charlotte and Gerald were married and settled in Smithville Flats, NY where they built their dream home and raised their three children. Char was first and foremost devoted to her family. She loved them all very much and they brought great joy to her life. A teacher at heart, she was always involved in helping children. As the elementary librarian in Greene, NY she fostered a love for books and reading. Char was a Sunday school teacher in Greene for several years as well as a Girl Scout leader. She especially enjoyed her time as swimming instructor at Echo Lake and is fondly remembered by her former students. Char had many interests and led an active life. She enjoyed swimming, skiing, boating on the Hudson, travelling, birding, antiquing, family gatherings and of course living at the “Hideaway”. Char cherished her memories of Greene, Echo Lake and the Flanagan family. Camping at a Cook Park in Greene helped keep her in touch and provided many “walks down Memory Lane”. But above all was her love of family. The family wishes to thank the staff of Hudson Valley Hospice for all their support and care during the past 5 months. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 27th, 12pm – 1pm at Fishkill United Methodist Church. Following the visitation there will a funeral service at 1pm. A celebration of life will take place later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a children’s charity of your choice or Hudson Valley Hospice. Arrangements under the supervision of Delehanty Funeral Home, Wappingers Falls, NY.


Saturday, January 27

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Fishkill United Methodist Church

38 Broad Street, Fishkill, NY 12524


Saturday, January 27

1:00 PM

Fishkill United Methodist Church

38 Broad Street, Fishkill, NY 12524


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