Colleen Sue Rohan (Bear Creek), devoted daughter, sister, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully while receiving the blessing of God in the presence of family on October 7, 2015.
She was born on June 30, 1955, in Wichita, Kansas, daughter of Kenneth and Ruth (McFaul) Rohan. She grew up on the family farm in Bear Creek and attended school at St. Mary’s Catholic and Clintonville Public schools. Colleen spent many years running the family farm and raising her sons with Hugh Flanagan (Bear Creek). Over the years she also enjoyed working at the Bear Creek Post Office, NFO Collection Point in Shiocton and Green Bay Packaging; making many friends along the way. Colleen’s faith was important to her. As a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church in Bear Creek, Colleen was an active member of the choir and played guitar for masses, weddings and funerals since 1979. Colleen’s love of people was evident in how she lived her life. She will be remembered as a woman who loved to be surrounded by her family and be out in her garden. Her passion for life will live on in all those she shared her love, knowledge and faith with over the years.
Colleen is survived by her loving sons, Paul (Nikki Gehl) Flanagan, Appleton; Pete (Erin Frank) Flanagan, Kaukauna; Steven Flanagan, Hortonville; Robert (Niki Deming) Flanagan, Kimberly; Patrick (Amanda Graves) Flanagan, Antigo; six grandchildren; Rohan and Frank Flanagan, Dean and Gage Flanagan, Zachary Flanagan and baby boy Flanagan, arriving in December. She will protect her children and grandchildren from above; as she told her grandson Frank, “If you want to see me, just close your eyes.” Colleen is further survived by nine siblings: Gerry (Kathy) Rohan, Clintonville; Joe (Patty) Rohan, Embarrass; Mark (Cindy) Rohan, Weyauwega; Mary (Bob) Hrubes, Greenville; Kenny (Mary Ann) Rohan, Bear Creek; Larry Rohan, Bear Creek; Steve Rohan, fiancée Yvonne Vande Hei (Colleen’s devoted friend), Bear Creek; Dave (Connie) Rohan, Freedom; Margie (Chuck) Cunningham, Bear Creek; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Rudy Acevedo, Clintonville. She is preceded in death by her brother, Patrick D. Rohan and grandparents, Patrick and Madge Rohan and Lansing and Delia McFaul.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bellin Health – Cancer Team and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care, concern and respect they showed to Colleen. A special thanks to Tiffani Rohan and Samantha Rohan (nieces) for the additional care and support they provided to their Aunt during this time.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Cline Hanson Funeral Home, 209 W Cook St., New London. A Parish Prayer Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Visitation will be held again on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 207 Tielky St., Bear Creek. Funeral services will follow visitation at 11:00 a.m. with the Father Jack Mullarky officiating. Interment will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Bear Creek following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Colleen’s memorial fund can be made in care of Cline Hanson Funeral Home. The Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London is serving the family. www.clinehansonfuneralhome.com