Margaret “Midge” Flynn Hagerman of Southold died at her home on Nov. 13, 2017. She was 91 years old.
She was born in Southold at her parents’ home on Jan. 12, 1926, the fifth of seven children of John Flynn and Catherine Andrews Flynn and their first child born in America. In 1946 she married Kenneth Hagerman, her Southold High School sweetheart, when he returned from military service. She earned an associate’s degree from Suffolk County Community College in 1974.
She worked for several years at Kramer’s Drug Store and Southold Pharmacy before opening her own store Midge’s Fabrics. She had a talent for crafts like sewing, quilting, braiding rugs and knitting winter hats for her great-grandchildren. She donated dozens of hats to CAST. In her spare time, she was an avid reader, crossword puzzle fanatic, a Yankees fan and a great cook, her family said. She was a past president of the Southold American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She and her husband also enjoyed traveling in their RV, eventually visiting 49 states. Proud of her Irish heritage, she also traveled to Ireland twice, visiting her father’s home town.
She wrote “The Way it Was” articles for the “Peconic Bay Shopper” which lead to the paper’s present genre of preserving local history.
Predeceased by her husband Kenneth in 2010, she is survived by her sister Elizabeth Picozzi of Fort Pierce, Florida, her children JoAnn Burt of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Michael Hagerman and Marilyn Dunn, both of Southold, her grandchildren Wendy Thomas of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jessica Hagerman of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Sarah Sirico of Southold, Amanda Czartosieski of Southold, Daniel Hagerman of Southold, Matthew Dunn and Kelly Dimon of Mattituck, her great-grandhilren Gracie and Ben Thomas, Luca and Elliot Sirico, Evan and Ian Czartosieski and Henry Dimon and Gus Hagerman and by her canine companion Lily.
The family will receive visitors on Nov. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. A prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Southold Sunshine Society, P.O. Box 251, Southold, New York 11971 or East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton, New York 11978.