Madeline Veronica Flihan

13 January, 193818 September, 2020

Madeline Sanders DiRuzzo Flihan, 82, passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at Onslow Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Madeline (Mat) was born January 13, 1938 in Utica, NY, daughter of the late George and Frances Sanders. From a young age she was raised by her mother and late step-father Vincent DiRuzzo.

She is preceded in death by loving husband of fifty years, Robert Flihan. She has had the blessings of friendship and companionship with Herb Ripley with whom she shared the last four years.

Madeline is survived by her five children who she loved more than life: Tim (Leslie) Flihan, Mari-Frances (Earl) Futral, Julie (David) Shay, Robert (Janelle) Flihan and Cathy Burnette as will as 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was blessed everyday to be their Nannie. She is also survived by two sisters and their spouses, Teresa Pannofino and the late Leonard, Kathy Vanno and the late Joseph, sister-in-law Terry Labella and the late Nick, Micheal and Teresa Flihan and the late John and Norma Flihan.

She also leaves behind friends who were more like family, Kathryn and Richard Smith, as well as childhood friends, Gracie Pugliese and Camille Lorento.

Madeline spent many years as a registered nurse and her service to people continued throughout her life. She was an active member of Northwoods Methodist Church where her relationship with Jesus grew as well as many friendships. She served in many capacities in her church body and that brought her much joy. She doted upon her children and grandchildren always an example of God's Love.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm, Wednesday September 23, 2020 at Northwoods United Methodist Church. At a later date, a celebration of life will be held in Utica, NY, where burial will take place. Family and friends are welcome, but please wear a mask for the safety of each other.

Arrangements of Johnson Funeral Home of Jacksonville, NC.

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Rosalie Balsamo Armstrong

21 September 2020

We just want to express our sympathy to the family & friends of Madeline. We praise God that we know she is in heaven now. I am so glad I got to talk to her a few times lately after so many years. My brother Russ married her sister Theresa. We will be in prayer for all of you. Ray & Roe Armstrong (Balsamo)


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