John Anthony Flavin
John Anthony Flavin
John Anthony Flavin was born on November 30, 1953 in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He attended Hometown Elementary prior to graduating from Oak Lawn Community High School. He furthered his education at Chicago State University, Arizona State University, and the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He received his bachelor's of arts degree in education and began a rewarding career as a teacher. John's style of discipline, passion for teaching, love of children, and understanding of his subjects made him a favorite among students. Being a first grade teacher, he enlightened and empowered students and has remained as one of the influential people in their lives. He retired from South Washington County School district after 20 years as an educator. On June 27, 1992, he was united in marriage to his best friend and soul mate, Nora Riesselman. John adored his family. He knew Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was a member of the Gideon's International and took every opportunity he could to bring the good news of Christ to others. His mission trips brought him to India, Mexico, Ukraine, Israel, and Ethiopia. John enjoyed traveling with Nora, and taking trips that included Israel, Egypt, India, Paris, Rome, London and many cities and destinations in the United States; he especially loved the Grand Canyon. He loved Baseball. He also enjoyed biographies, sports and music trivia, and listening to his favorite music. John's other accomplishments were mentoring/counseling teens and others, writing his own autobiography, and finishing two marathons.
John will be fondly remembered by his wife Nora; son Ryan (Natalie) Riesselman of Stillwater, daughter Leah (Kevin) Hermanson of Westport, WI; grandchildren Thomas, Corstian, and Anders Riesselman, Riess, Bode, Callie Hermanson; brothers Joseph (Marlene) Flavin of Frankfort, Ill, Frank (Susan) Flavin of Huntington Beach, CA., Ray (Sharyn) Flavin of Westminster, CA, Thom (deceased) (Susan) Flavin of Gilbert, AZ; as well as many nieces/nephews, colleagues, and countless friends.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11:00AM, Saturday July 13th at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church; 505 13th Street S. in Hudson. Visitation 4:00-6:00 PM, Friday, July 12th, 2019 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 520 11th St. S, with a Prayer & Sharing Service at 6:00 PM. Memories will be directed to: Compassionate International, World Vision, and Gideons International all of which held a special place in John's heart.
John's love of teaching was an inspiration. He donated his body to science for research and learning purposes. He leaves an eternal impact in the spirit of teaching and educating.