ANNETTE BAKER FLAHERTY passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019 at her home in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, at the age of 99. She was the wife of the late John P. Flaherty, Sr., who died on March 19, 1973. Annette was born at home on June 25, 1920 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Effie Dean and Roderick Edward Baker. She grew up in Gloucester, as part of a large extended family. Annette moved to Brookline, MA, as a sixth grader and graduated from Brookline High School.Annette attended Boston University, earning a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Practical Letters in 1942, and a Master of English Literature. Annette married John in 1949. While raising their family in South Weymouth, MA, Annette received her teaching certificate from the State College at Bridgewater and taught sixth grade for many years. In 1971, Annette and her family moved to Annandale, Virginia, because of her husband’s work with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Annette enjoyed a long career as the National Area Coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in Washington D.C. In that role, she traveled to all the United States to work with the local AARP chapters.Annette was an avid reader of all types of literature. She loved to travel nationally and internationally. Annette enjoyed swimming in the ocean waves, ballroom dancing, birdwatching, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, museums and theatre. After retiring in 1986 to Stone Harbor, NJ, she became a dedicated bridge player, participated in the Garden Club, Civic Club, and Book Clubs and developed close friendships in the community.Annette is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth A. Flaherty and Jan M. Flaherty (Richard J. Bradfield, Sr.), and her three grandchildren, Lindsay E. Murdock, Christine M. Murdock LePosa and John Bradley Murdock. She was predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen R. Flaherty, her son, John P. Flaherty, Jr., and her sisters, Elizabeth Horan and Florence G. Creeden. Annette is also survived by her niece, Anne Creeden Meloni, her nephew, Leonard Creeden, several nephews, grandnephews and grandnieces, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.No public service is planned. Contributions may be made in Annette’s name to one of her favorite causes, Habitat for Humanity.Condolences at www.radzieta.com
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