Geraldine Esther Finch

Geraldine Esther Finch (nee Mueller), 96, of West Bend, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at The Kathy Hospice.

Geri was born on July 28, 1912, in Newburg, the daughter of Edwin and Agnes (nee Geib) Mueller. The family later lived in South Milwaukee, where Geri graduated from high school. She eventually moved to West Bend, where she met her husband, Arnold Richard Finch. They married in West Bend on April 24, 1935, and raised three children. Among the activities the family enjoyed was traveling by automobile on summer vacations to various places throughout the United States. Travel was something Geri enjoyed throughout her life.

Geri was an active member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish as a lector, a Eucharistic minister and a sponsor of adults who were interested in joining the church. She volunteered her time to many organizations, including the Washington County Humane Society, the Threshold, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, the Red Cross, Friends of Abused Families and Kettle Moraine Hospice Services.

She was preceded in death by her husband and son, Mark. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth and Julian; sisters, Jean "Mickey" Engels and Margaret Mary Wolf; and brothers-in-law, Howard Engels and Cyril Wolf.

She is survived by her daughter, Rachel (David) Zimmers; her son, Gary (Kathy); and daughter-in-law, Linda. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Amy (Tom) Winter, Ann (Jason) Stubbe, Jennifer (Troy) Dillon, Sarah (Ulices) Sepulveda, Deborah Hollander, Michelle (Mark) Jacobi, Christopher (Kim) Finch and Anthony (Carrie) Finch. She is further survived by nine great-grandchildren, Luke Winter, Grace Winter, Adela Sepulveda, Elise Sepulveda, Brian Finch, Zachary Finch, Cassandra Weiss, Evan Finch and Nolan Finch; two sisters-in-law, June (Kenneth) Mueller and Mildred (Julian) Mueller; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial Mass and reception will be held on Geriís birthday, July 28, 2009, at 7 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church in West Bend. She donated her body to the Medical College of Wisconsin.