Margaret Netti Flamang, 102, was born at home on Redstone Street in Forestville, Conn., on Dec. 8, 1915. She died on Friday, June 1, 2018.
In birth order, near the middle of a family of nine children, she was the emotional ballast. Margaret and her husband, Emil, lived to nurture their son, Michael; their grandson, Andrew; and broods of nieces, grandnieces, nephews, grandnephews and friends. She sowed kindness
At age 16, she took employment at Sessions Clock Co. on East Main Street in Forestville. Working on the assembly line, she met Emil, a skilled worker from the German neighborhood in Bristol. As a smart German who could repair things for a big southern Italian family, Emil bonded with Margaret’s father, Sylvester. During the 1930s depression and the Second World War, the Netti family subsisted on their nine-acre parcel of land in Forestville.
As time passed, the land was subdivided for homes for the Netti girls. Hepworth Street was built to open the land to town services. Margaret and Emil’s corner of the Netti compound was a playground for Forestville children through the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
In addition to making a beautiful home, Margaret always worked outside of her home. She worked in several Bristol area factories. Her last employer was New Departure. She was a loyal member of the United Auto Workers union.
Margaret contributed her energy to St Matthew R.C. Church, the Forestville Boys Club and the Bristol Hospital volunteers. Her many years were active years, as she strove to stay fit. Her swimming sessions at the Bristol Girls Club and Farmington Valley Y benefited her body and her spirit. The friends she made at her swimming group were with her always.
In 2015, she moved from her house to the Bristol home of her niece, Betty Roy. With Betty’s care and companionship, she lived a full life, vibrant and immersed with friends, family and the world.
She observed and reflected on the 2016 presidential election campaign. She enlisted her caregivers to pick up her absentee ballot to assure that she would be able to vote for Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential candidate.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol, until leaving for a Mass of Christian Burial, which will begin at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Bristol. A committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville.