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Michael Joseph Flaherty -- Austin

AUSTIN -- A memorial service for Michael Joseph Flaherty will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, with the Rev. Dale Tupper officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, with military rites by VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91.

Mr. Flaherty, 60, of Austin, died Friday (July 8, 2005) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born July 29, 1944, in Austin. He married Joyce Dickenson on May 2, 1975, at Crane Community Chapel in Austin, and they later divorced. He was a salesman for Scharf Auto Parts in Rochester for 28 years; served in the Army during the Vietnam War, where he received a Purple Heart; was a member of VFW Post 1216 and American Legion Post 91; and enjoyed fishing and golfing.

Survivors include three daughters, Lori (Randy) Welter of Manson, Iowa, Nicky (Jim) Askelson of Stewartville and Tonja Cook of Austin.; one son, Joe (Cora Thorpe) of Austin; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Pat (Barb) of Austin and Steve (Sandy) of Outing, Minn.; and two sisters, Marilyn (Ken) Schammel of Newland, N.C., and Elaine (Harold) Olson of Minneapolis.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and an hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

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