, Salem, MA

September 4, 2013

Gretchen Flynn Messer, 46

South Hamilton — Gretchen Flynn Messer, 46, of Hamilton, died on August 24.

Gretchen was the devoted mother of Thor Sebastian Messer and Stefan Christiansen Messer; beloved daughter of Mary Jeanne Flynn of Hamilton and John Flynn of Middleton; true friend and inspirational guide to Charles Messer; and cherished sister to Geraldine Gowdy of Beverly Farms and Diane Flynn of Hamilton. Gretchen is also survived by her brother-in-law, Trevor Gowdy of Beverly Farms, and the Gowdy children, Alexa and Trevor Curtis; as well as the Flynn children, Jesse and Eliza of Hamilton.

Gretchen was a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, and a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to gather for a remembrance and celebration of Gretchen’s life on Sunday September 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Gretchen Flynn Messer to support cancer research and patient care to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, or For information, directions, or condolences, please visit