Thomas William Flaherty, Jr., 83, of Houston, Texas, died peacefully with his family at his side on Jan. 5, 2006 ,after a battle with heart disease.
Tom was born in Le Mars, on July 29, 1922, the son of Thomas William Flaherty and Cora Sullivan Flaherty.
Tom graduated from Le Mars Central High School. Following high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II. He graduated from the University of Iowa and moved to Houston in the mid-1950s to begin a successful career in sales for the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company. He retired in 1987.
He married Delores Schnepf on July 12, 1955, in Remsen. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in a wonderful gathering of family and friends last July.
Tom was a gifted artist who enjoyed pen and ink. He was never far from a pencil and crossword puzzle. Everyone will remember him as a gentle and congenial man who had much love for his family.
After years as a member of St. Christophers Catholic Church, he and Delores moved and joined Holy Rosary parish. He was an active member there and will leave many friends in that congregation.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Delores M. Flaherty, sons Thomas Flaherty, III (wife Marybeth), Patrick Flaherty, and daughter Erin Fenton (husband Joe); grandchildren: Meredith, Thomas Flaherty, IV (Will), and Colin Flaherty and Colleen, Shannon, Ross and Daniel Fenton. All live in Houston. His surviving siblings are Margaret Flaherty and Leo Flaherty (wife Helen) of Le Mars, and Bob Flaherty of Peoria, Ill.
Friends were invited to visitation with the family from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, with the rosary recited a 7 p.m. in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3600 Milam, with Rev. Albert S. Moraczewski as celebrant. Rite committal followed at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.