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Collingswood Mourns Passing of Former Commissioner Marion Flenard

Flenard, the first woman to serve as a Collingswood borough commissioner, died peacefully at age 87 on Wednesday.

Marion Flenard. Credit: Borough of Collingswood.
Marion Flenard. Credit: Borough of Collingswood.
Flags in Collingswood will fly at half-staff on Saturday to mourn the passing of the first woman in its history elected to serve as a commissioner of the borough.

Marion Flenard, who spent 12 years in local government (1977-1989) died "peacefully" at the age of 87 on Wednesday.

Former Collingswood Mayor Michael Brennan, who served with Flenard, remembered her as a "trailblazer" who "gladly lent her time and talent to any group that asked her for assistance," in a statement.

When she decided not to run for re-election, Flenard was succeeded by her neighbor, current Collingswood mayor, James Maley.

Maley remembered Flenard as "a really dedicated and very gracious woman."

"She was a really nice lady [who] had a lot of business experience," he said.

Flenard served as the commissioner of revenue and finance, and was involved heavily with the 1988 Collingswood centennial celebration. 

Born in Philadelphia on November 29, 1926, Flenard graduated from Collingswood High School (1944) and Parsons School of Design (1948).

She is survived by her children: Kristine, Craig (Judy), John, and Jeff (Kim); five grandchildren: Jill, Craig, Jenna, Amanda, and Christopher; and 2 great grandchildren: Gemma and Luciano.

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