Belinda C. "Bella" Flanagan

July 24, 1907October 8, 2012

Belinda C. “Bella” (Merola) Flanagan, age 105, of Somerset passed a Monday, October 8, 2012 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Joseph R. Flanagan.

Mrs. Flanagan was born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Domenico and Genoveffa (Mollo) Merola, and has been a resident of Somerset for 58 years. She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church and a devoted mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her three children; Joseph R. Flanagan, Jr., of Somerset, Randall T. Flanagan and his wife Kathleen of Westport and Theresa M. Haley of Fall River; three grandchildren; Scott T. Flanagan, Jason Haley and Nina Haley; three great-grandchildren; Cameron Hasenfus and Riley and Lexi Bella Flanagan and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Flanagan was also the sister of the late Florence Steel, Mary Sperduti, Helen Patota, Hilda McGraw, and Alice, Renaldo, Charles, Carolyn, and Ermine Merola.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9am from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT ROSE E. SULLIVAN, 866 County St., Somerset followed by her funeral mass at 10am in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 530 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea. Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Southcoast VNA, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Somerset. For directions or to send a tribute visit:



  • Visitation Wednesday, October 10, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, October 11, 2012


  • Burial

Belinda C. "Bella" Flanagan

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October 12, 2012

Theresa, I am so sorry to hear about your mother..I remember her well..She was such a nice lady....My thoughts & prayers are with you...Linda King Pelletier

Richard Sherman

October 10, 2012

Bella was and will always shine in our hearts, we love you always. The Shermans

October 10, 2012

Joe, Terry, Randy and family. I'am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mom. Try to hold on to the happy memories. I always remember how much fun she was to be around and the good times I would have with her. She was an unique and special person.
Our deepest sympathy, Paula (Borges) and Steve Miller

October 10, 2012

Joe, we are saddened by the news of the loss of your Mom. We all celebrated with her on her 105th birthday. Your Mom was a very special lady, she was an inspiration to all of us. Joe. know that you have been a kind and loving son. Our love and our prayers are with you and your family.

Ron Silvia

October 10, 2012

Joe, Terry and Randy,

My deepest sympathies are with you during this sad time. I recall the days of our youth on Globe Street during those immediate years before your move to Somerset in 1954. Your Mom had that motherly touch, which I was also privileged to recognize and appreciate.

I regret that I will not be able to participate in her funeral arrangements, as I depart tomorrow for a reunion with my Vietnam War unit comrades.

I'll miss sending her annual birthday cards acknowledging her long and sustained life.

Your friend for 65 years -

Lisa Willette

October 9, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Bella's death she was one of my favorite clients. I will miss her dearly. I know Terry and Joe are feeling a tremendous loss and I want to send my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this wonderful lady. Bella I love you and will keep you forever in my heart...

kevin furtado

October 9, 2012

Sorry to hear about your mom I remember her when you use to come into my dads gas station.I will say a prayer for her.
Kevin Furtado

Nina Haley

October 9, 2012

Nana, you were my inspection in life. You always treated me like a princess, words cannot describe the amount of sadness I feel. I have lost one of the most loveing and kind hearted women I have ever known. I know you are in a much better place and by papas side so that puts my mind somewhat at ease. You will be truley missed and never forgotten. I love you more then words could ever discribe, always and forever in my mind and in my heart you are and always have been my guardian angle I love you so much nana. My love and prayers always your granddaughter Nina xoxoxo