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Dorothy A. Finch, 89, of Metamora, IL, passed away at 1:55 pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at her residence surrounded by her family.
She was born on November 23, 1933, in Farina, IL, to Alex and Olivia (Roedl) Stock. She married Gordon J. Finch on September 15, 1956 in Kinmundy, IL. He passed away on February 5, 2022.
Surviving are her four children, Sandra (Martin) Linn of Spring, TX, Lisa (John) Obery of Metamora, IL, Larry Finch of Florissant, MO, and Garry (Joanna Venegoni) Finch of Morton, IL; nine grandchildren, Whitney (Garret) Blunier, Morgan (Grant) Reckling, Scott Linn, Sara Linn, Katherine Finch, Claire Finch, John Finch, Olivia Finch, and Isabella Finch; five great-grandchildren, William and Annie Blunier, and Wrenn, Maren, and John Wyatt Reckling; brother, Robert (Rose) Stock of Carlinville, IL; and sister-in-law, Doris Stock of Decatur, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Ruth (Ruben) Bushue, and brothers Richard (Helen) Stock, Alva Stock, and Maurice Stock.
Dorothy was a graduate of LaGrove Community Unit School in Farina, IL. Throughout her life, she worked many jobs. The most important job was taking care of her family. She started her career at Prudential Insurance, cleaned the Metamora Post Office, cooked for St. Mary’s priests, worked at Metamora Tube Bending and Caterpillar, delivered newspapers, worked at Bergner’s Distribution Center, and then moved to Bergner’s Department Store as a sales associate. Also, Dorothy was an Election Judge for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Altar & Rosary Society.
Dorothy was a fantastic mom, homemaker, and caretaker. She was always giving of her time and talents. Whether it was baking a pie or dessert for a special occasion, sewing and mending clothes or getting a stain out of a favorite piece of clothing. Mom was always there to work her magic.
Mom loved watching her children and grandchildren participating in their sports and activities alongside dad. On Sundays, dinner was planned around halftime of football games, long enough to eat and back to watching the game. Her favorite summer getaway with family and friends was Kimp’s Kamp on Dead Lake in Minnesota.
The strawberry patch was a favorite spot. Growing up and picking strawberries with her dad, she continued this annual event with her kids and grandkids (remember to keep the stems on!)
In the past six months, mom met a special person who helped her with the grieving process with dad’s passing. As time progressed, Debbie became part of the family.
Mom was a quiet person but always knew how to help. Praying the rosary every day was her strength. If someone needed a prayer, traveling, studying for a test, or dealing with an illness, mom would pull out her rosary and pray for them.
Mom missed dad very much and now they are dancing in heaven together. We can hear dad say “Dottie – come here… I want to introduce you to someone.” They are back together.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, January 23, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father David Kipfer officiating. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 3:30 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel with visitation to follow from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Metamora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to either St. Mary’s School or St. Mary’s Church, 415 West Chatham Street, Metamora, IL 61548. Online condolences at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.
St. Mary's School
400 West Chatham Street, Metamora IL 61548
St. Mary's Church
415 West Chatham Street, Metamora IL 61548