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In Memory of John Flavin

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Saturday July 13, 2019
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church
505 13th St. S.
Hudson WI, 54016


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday July 12, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Prayer & Sharing Service

6:00 pm
Friday July 12, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

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.

Memorials 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.

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    • We love you, Nora and family. John was such a great man of God! He will be greatly missed. He poured his heart and lives into others and touched many. He blessed our family and ministry and touched the lives of many in India. You are all in our prayers today. Much love to you all.

    • ❤️ John held a special place In my heart , and taught me a lot along the way. Rest easy John.

    • John Flavin was so much more than just a great teacher. He taught me much more than just letters and numbers in a first grade classroom. One thing I remember is the way he told the entire class very often how beautiful, and how much he loved Mrs. Flavin. I also remember when my parents opened their own church and became pastors. He was one of our very first and few supporters. He drove from Wisconsin into the deep end of East St. Paul to attend services and support us in our journey. I ran into him recently at a conference, and I remembered all over again what a great example he has been in my life. He taught me to always speak up for what I believe in, to continue on and persevere, and to love deeply.

    • When I first came to the US, he was my dorm counselor at the Judson School in Paradise Valley Az. . I will always cherish my time spent there and having John as a friend and my dorm counselor. We also met in Japan when he visited. Years after my graduation from Judson, we kept in touch and asked him to be my best friend in my wedding. He gladly accepted. None of us were Christians when we first met ( at least I was not) but later on we both became brothers in Christ. My wife and I will miss him but he’s free from his pain and is in better place now.

    • Mr. Flavin was my favorite teacher, I had him as my first grade teacher in 2004. He inspired me to have a laugh and enjoy learning. He was an amazing teacher and spirit.

    • Mr. Flavin was a wonderful teacher. My daughter had him as a first grade teacher. I will always remember the papers stuck in the ceiling tiles, which made the kids laugh. He also had lots of fun while teaching, so the kids didn’t even realize they were learning . Great man!!! He will be missed.

    • Miss you already John! Thanks for your integrity, humor and just being you. “What time does the bus come by!” Oh what you must be seeing right now!

    • Mr. Flavin inspired me, through All Pro Dads, to be a better and more engaged father. I looked forward to seeing his smiling face and hearing what he had to share about fatherhood. My daughters loved it and our relationship has flourished. I thank him profusely for creating and maintaining that opportunity. I will miss his warmth and generosity. God bless.

    • John was in some of my classes at Oak Lawn High . Very nice guy, always smiling and joking around. The boy didn’t have a mean bone in his body. My condolences to his family.

    • I had the honor of working with Mr.Flavin, back in 2015 at Woodbury Elementary. He inspired me in so many ways, but it was the fruits of spirit that stood out to me most.

      He displayed love and patience everyday with the children at school. Then when we had a 1 on 1 coffee a couple times, he displayed honesty and selfishness. A couple times during our coffee conversations I would ask him how he was doing, his typical response was something along the lines….”I’m doing fine, don’t worry about me.” Then he would end it with a smile and change the focus of the conversation back on me, and what my faith and life looked like together.

      I sure would have loved to have spent more 1 on 1s with him, but I Was so blessed to even had those times together.


      How fitting that your named after the book of John. How fitting is it that I felt you display John 15:13 at its fullest capacity. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

      You showed sacrifice of your time for me and you showed sacrifice of your privacy by sharing your history and how it shaped your life. Your sacrifice, may have very well saved my faith and kept me on the straight and narrow. Gods Peace brother, see you again one day in a glory!

    • I was not only honored but also inspired by John to live for Christ. Truly a great man.

      We who believe in Jesus know he was welcomed into heaven on Independence Day with the words found in Matthew 25:21: “His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

      Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. In Christ, Doug & Lois

    • Always such smiling face when are at y. Such courage and faith in Lord sure will miss him