Virginia Finch, 89

Virginia Nell Finch, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Wellbrooke of Wabash care facility, after a full, loving, spirit-filled life which included suffering a brain aneurysm and stroke nearly 19 years ago.

Virginia was born on her parents’ farm Aug. 17, 1927, near Mount Vernon, the daughter of the late Lorrin D. and Etta B. White. The home farm later became what is now the town of Somerset in southern Wabash County.  Upon graduation from Somerset High School in 1945 she attended the Barbason School of Modeling in New York City.  On Feb. 5, 1946, she married Rex M. Finch, who passed away June 19, 2006, after they had enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

Virginia went to work after her youngest of four sons entered school.  She retired from Wabash County Hospital in May 1989 after time spent as secretary to the hospital administrator and later to the director of personnel.   Upon retirement, Rex and Virginia spent their winters in Fort Myers, Fla., for several years until 1998.  Prior to her aneurysm and stroke, Rex and Virginia could be found puttering around Somerset on their scooters during the summer months.  She was a member of Women’s Aglow as well as a member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Somerset, for many years.

Survivors include, sons Rod (Janet), Somerset, Greg (Jennifer), Fort Wayne, Chris (Penny), Somerset, and Jan (Deb), LaFontaine. The 10 grandchildren are, Rod’s daughters Lisa (John) Jervis, Columbus, and Lori (Kevin) Standfest, Marion; Greg’s daughters Jodi (Brent) Isbell, Fort Wayne, Denise (Troy) Bickley, Fort Wayne, and Jill (Judson) Everitt, Lindenhurst, Ill.; Chris’s daughter Beth Finch, North Manchester, and sons Derek (Brianne) Finch, Somerset and Joshua (Rebekah) Finch, Warsaw; and Jan’s daughters Jessica Finch, Louisville, Ky., and Abbey Finch, Atlanta, Ga.  Virginia also has 14 great-grandchildren with one on the way. 

One sister, Kathryn Merritt, and one brother, Lorrin White Jr, preceded her in death. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 S. Main St., LaFontiane, with the Rev. Melissa Rice officiating.  Burial will be in the Mississinewa Cemetery near Somerset.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Wellbrooke of Wabash, Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice or the church or charity of your choice.

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Posted on 2017 Mar 09