Regina (Jean) Flynn Black, 94, chosen by God the Father, with the cooperation of parents James and Katherine (Harrison) Flynn, was born into the world Feb. 13, 1919, in Kokomo, and departed this life Feb. 25, 2013, at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson. Regina was baptized Feb. 23, 1919, by the Rev. Robert Pratt at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kokomo and attended grade school there. She graduated from Kokomo High School with the class of 1937.
On Feb. 10, 1940, she was united in marriage with Charles (Doug) Black by the Rev. Robert John Halpin at St. Patrick Church and moved to the south end of Kokomo, thereby transferring her church membership to St. Joan of Arc Parish.
To this union five children were born, Paula, Stephen, Brian, Julie and Tom. In 1947, they moved to 1218 S. Waugh St., where she continued to live after the death of her husband in 1967, devoting her life to her children and church. She was employed at St. Joseph Hospital as a nursing assistant before being accepted into the fourth class of the LPN School of Nursing Program, graduating in 1969. She was employed for 15 1/2 years at St. Joseph Hospital on the orthopedic floor, retiring in 1985, but continued doing home health care nursing for several more years.
A faithful and active member of the Catholic Church over a 62-year period, she was involved in organizations, committees, fundraisers, Christian Family Movement, parent teachers associations, altar rosary sodality, bazaars, bake sales, penny suppers, Bible studies, retreats, seminars, our ladies prayer group, funeral dinners, senior citizens group, migrant helpers and charismatic prayer groups. She was also a Legion of Mary auxiliary member. Regina was deeply devoted to the Liturgy of the Mass and Holy Eucharist, the rosary and the Blessed Mother. She also had the privilege of being a member of the first group to serve at the inception of extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, where she continued to serve for 20 years. In 1985, she was a member of the first group of women to present “Christ Renews His Parish.”
Regina enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, playing cards, knitting, crocheting, quilting, gardening (mainly flowers), baking for family get-togethers, holidays, celebrations and other special occasions, and crafts of all kinds. She also appreciated having friends and neighbors drop in for a cup of coffee to discuss the issues of the day or a recently read book.
Family and church were the loves of her life, but she also liked visiting the many different states where her children lived. She toured Italy in 1975, the Holy Land in 1994, and Medjugorje in 1996.
After 56 years of living in the same house, and 62 years in her church, she was no longer able to care for her home so she chose to retire with the Sisters of St. Joseph at the St. Joseph Center in Tipton, where she hoped to stay until the Lord called her to her eternal home. “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away” into the outstretched arms of their heavenly Father.
Surviving family include her beloved children, Paula Runk, Mechanicsville, Va., Stephen Black, Ontario, Calif., Brian Black (Beverly), Indianapolis, Julie Black, Salem, Ohio, and Tom Black, Plymouth; one brother, Leo Flynn, Alpine, Calif..; two sisters, Roberta Smith, LaPorte, and Mona Flynn, Kokomo; one sister-in-law, Maxine Flynn, Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Joseph Runk Jr. (Sharon) Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jennifer Jimerson (Jason), Mechanicsville, Va., Emily Littleton (Tim), Indianapolis, Douglas Black (Lisa), Ringwood N.J., Johnson Black, Chicago, Ill., and Austen Black, Bloomington; four great-grandchildren, Candace Littleton, Indianapolis, Gibson Jimerson, Machanicsville, Va., Gabriel Jimerson, Mechanicsville, Va., and Sydney Runk, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews who made up a large part of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; dear parents, James and Katherine Flynn; sister, Phyllis Walker; brothers, Thomas, Richard, and William Flynn; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Black O’Vodka and Gladys Flynn; and son-in-law, Joseph Runk Sr.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 West, Kokomo, with the Rev. David Huemmer the celebrant. Friends are invited to visit with the family two hours prior to the Mass at the church Monday. Private burial will be in Crown Point Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson. Envelopes will be available at the church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.