Cordelia Flanagan


Cordelia Willets Abendroth Flanagan, a resident of Wesley Health Care in Saratoga Springs, NY passed away on November 17, 2020, after a long battle with dementia.

She was born in Port Chester, NY on February 2, 1924 to the late William P. and Mabel Willets Abendroth. On May 17, 1945 she married Allen Flanagan, the son of Thomas Francis and Margaret Estelle Flanagan in Harrison, NY. He predeceased her in 1980. She was also predeceased by her brothers William and Robert Abendroth and their spouses Emily and Marion, respectively.

Cordelia attended Rye Country Day School and Wheelock College in Boston, MA where she graduated in 1947 with a degree in Childhood Education and made many lifelong friends.

She was then employed at Rye Home School in Rye, NY as a pre-K teacher. She did volunteer work throughout her life. This included patient care at United Hospital in Port Chester, NY and at New York Hospital in White Plains, NY and at a food and clothing bank held at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT.

Cordelia was the beloved mother of Martha Allen Flanagan, Arthur Allen Flanagan, and Margaret Abendroth Gregory who survive her. She is also survived by five grandchildren Stacy (Wood) Humbard, Richard E. Wood, Thomas Collar, Jennifer (Gregory) Hart and Kimberly (Gregory) Barss; eleven great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Cordelia instilled in her children a love of nature and to view people openly. We will miss her wry sense of humor.

At her request, there will be no services.

Guest Book

Carol Connelly

Cordelia was a calm person at Wesley, kind and prayerful. She was my go-to when I needed a breather from the visits that I make throughout the day. I have missed her dearly!

Richard Cox

I live at South Lake, and have for over 30 years, my wife Cindy and I knew Cordelia very well. My wife died in June so I am alone here now. My house is one of the two on the far side of the lake. I have many stories and memories of Cordelia including the crazy Indian lady, and Cordelia's self appointed role as the local scat-oligest. She would poke at and investigate any animal scat she happened to come across on her many hikes. We were sad when she decided finally that she had to leave South Lake as we knew she really loved being here. Thank you for letting us know that she has passed away, she had such a sharp mind when we knew her.

Betty Wood

So sorry for your loss.