Eleanor Cifrino Flynn

Eleanor Cifrino Flynn of Fredericksburg, VA died on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Eleanor was born in 1938 in Boston to Italian immigrants who had come to America as young children: her mother, Mary Ferroli from Tramonte de Mezzo in northern Italy and her father, Paul Cifrino from Prepezzano in Campagnia, southern Italy. Paul and his brother John founded Upham’s Corner Market, which later grew to become Purity Supreme Markets.

Eleanor attended Notre Dame Academy in Roxbury, Massachusetts and graduated from Trinity College in Washington, DC after spending a year at the University of Exeter in Devon, England. Eleanor received her Master of Library Science degree from Catholic University and then worked for many years at the D.C. firms Shea & Gardner and Vinson & Elkins.

Intelligent, witty, and beautiful, Eleanor delighted in reading, travel, dancing, sledding, and Jackson Browne. She loved the beach, from her childhood at Scituate in Massachusetts to her many trips to the Caribbean and her years spent at Scientists Cliffs, Maryland. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Martin John Flynn; and former husband, David Boyce Cobey; sisters Anne Garvey and Beth Cifrino; and brothers John and Paul Cifrino. Survivors include her brother James Cifrino of Cohasset; sister Mary Roever of Hingham; her children, John Cobey, Alice Cobey (Chris Glover), and Damian Cobey (Marylise), all of Fredericksburg, VA; her step-children, Michael Flynn, Terence Flynn (Nerissa Lim), Molly Stevens (Coach), Frank Flynn (Michelle), Thomas Flynn, and Kevin Flynn; her beloved grandchildren, Owen, Evan, Liza, Lila, Colin, Devin, Kyra, Reagan, Penny, Patrick, Megan, Aidan, and Kellen; and many much-loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

All are invited to the Graveside Service at Saint Michael’s Cemetery, 227 Walk Hill Street entrance, Boston, MA, Saturday October 6 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Eleanor’s memory may be sent to MADRE, 121 West 27th Street, Room 301, New York, NY 10001 or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403.