MARQUETTE, MI. - Phyllis I. Finkbeiner, 93, a longtime resident of Marquette, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Eastwood Nursing Center.
Phyllis was born on August 7, 1920, in Negaunee, the daughter of Alfred and Beatrice Cory. She attended Negaunee High School and graduated in 1937. Following graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper.
On February 14, 1942, Phyllis was united in marriage to William H. Finkbeiner at the First United Methodist Church in Battle Creek. They celebrated 59 years of marriage before his passing on August 9, 2001. After marriage, she stayed at home to raise her family. When the children were older, she went back to work as a bookkeeper.
Phyllis enjoyed baking, cooking, and canning for her family and friends, and each year she spent time picking strawberries and raspberries for jams and jellies. She had family recipes for many dishes that all enjoyed. Phyllis was best known for her true Cornish pasties that were loved by all. She, like the rest of the family, was a dog lover, and she spent much of her time caring for and enjoying the family German Shepherds. In earlier years, Phyllis enjoyed square dancing, Masonic functions, and playing cards with other couples. She was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan.
Phyllis was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marquette, a lifetime member and Past Worthy Matron of the Presque Isle Chapter #403 Order of the Easter Star, Bethel Guardian of Job's Daughters in Marquette, and a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3165 in Negaunee.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Phyllis is survived by three children, Cory W. (Patricia) Finkbeiner, Robert T. (Marianne) Finkbeiner and Linda S. (William) LaMora, all of Marquette; three grandchildren, James A. (Amy), Gwinn, and William C. (Wendy) and David R. Finkbeiner, both of Marquette; six great-grandchildren, Damien J., Emma A., Courtney E., Garrett W. and Nathaniel C. Finkbeiner, all of Marquette, and Ethan Luoma, Gwinn; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marjorie Denn; and a brother, David Cory.
According to Mrs. Finkbeiner's wishes, there will be no funeral service; however a graveside service and interment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens at a later date. The Rev. Alan Hanson will be officiating at the service.
Phyllis' escorts will be her sons, Cory W. and Robert T. Finkbeiner; her son-in-law, William P. LaMora; and her three grandsons, James A., William C. and David R. Finkbeiner.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855, the Eastwood Nursing Center Activity Fund, 900 Maas St., Negaunee, MI 49866, or the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice, 1414 W. Fair Ave., Suite 44, Marquette, MI 49855.
The family would like to thank everyone at the Eastwood Nursing Center and the Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and care that was given to our mother.
Lakeside Memorial Chapel of Wakefield is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at lakesidememori alchapel.com.