Dorothy E. Finneran

Born: Thu., Sep. 16, 1926
Died: Tue., Mar. 5, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 08, 2013
Location: River Park

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Mar. 09, 2013
Location: St. Matthew's Cathedral

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Dorothy E. Finneran
September 16, 1926 – March 5, 2013
Dorothy E. Finneran, 86, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in South Bend, Indiana with her family at her side.
Dorothy was born on September 16, 1926 in South Bend, Indiana to Andrew and Emma (Swenson) Johnsen.  She attended Colfax Elementary School and graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1945.  On January 24, 1948 she married John E Finneran of South Bend and together they raised eight children.
Mrs. Finneran is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Raymond, Robert, and Lloyd Johnsen; her sisters Mabel Ritenberg, and Ann Koblick; her husband John E Finneran; her grandchild Melinda Finneran; and her great-grandchild Zarah Robinson.
She is survived by her large loving family including her sister Virginia (Jerry) Smith of Union MI; her eight children: Barbara (Earl) Simon of South Bend, IN; Patricia (John) Larson of Culver, IN; John F Finneran of South Bend, IN; Frank (Suzanne) Finneran of Naperville, IL; Marie (Gary) Koontz of Mishawaka, IN; Tim (Jennifer) Finneran of Mishawaka, IN; Michelle (Michael) Green of Constantine, MI; and Jim Finneran of South Bend, IN; and seventeen grandchildren: Jeff Simon, David (Nicole) Simon, Brian Larson, Heather (Michael) Robinson, Joshua (Olycia) Larson, Sean Finneran, Shannon Finneran, Meagen Finneran, Kevin Eck, Ryan Finneran, Sara (Paul) Krieg, Emily (Christopher) Mullins, Tom Koontz, Steve Koontz, Tim Koontz, Brittiany Finneran, and Dustin Altimus;  and eleven great-grandchildren: Aidan Robinson, Keegan Robinson, Brennan Robinson, Aveleen Robinson, Kayleigh Krieg, Kinsey Krieg, Anthony Simon, Matthew Simon, Makayla Mullins, Jade Altimus, and Sadie Altimus.
Dorothy was a devout Catholic and a member of the St Matthew Cathedral parish since approximately 1950 as well as a member of the People of Praise since approximately 1978.
After raising eight children, Dorothy went back to work serving others with jobs at the LaSalle Hotel, Real Services and (her favorite) the Boys and Girls Club.
Dorothy brightened the halls of the Milton Home for the past three years and we are grateful for the personal care she received from the staff.
She loved her Lord, her family, her kitties, chocolate, the comics, the color red, all babies especially her grandchildren, writing poetry, singing and dancing, roller-skating, playing catch with her brothers as a little girl and with her sons as a little girl at heart.
She was tiny but mighty. She was small but had a huge faith in her Lord. She was slow to speak, quick to listen and slow to get angry. She prayed first and asked questions later - sometimes never. She will be greatly missed and she is immensely loved.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013, in the Palmer – River Park Funeral Chapel, 2528 W. Mishawaka Ave, South Bend, where a parish Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m., followed by words of remembrance.   A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 1701 Miami Street, South Bend.  The burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The St. Joseph County Right-To-Life, 2018 Ironwood Circle, South Bend, IN 46635

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Jeff Simon
   Posted Wed March 06, 2013
As one of the oldest and dearest grandchildren, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Finnerans and other close relations as well. I always enjoyed seeing Grandma Finneran and I know she enjoyed seeing me, no matter where it was. Whether it was her house on Fellows or the Milton Home, I never took her for granted. She made me feel welcome and always took great interest in my education at Ivy Tech Community College in SB. While she will be greatly missed by everyone, I am sure she will be proud of me from Heaven when I graduate someday in a few years time. I will continue to pray to her for guidance because I believe we can do this when someone was a good person on this Earth and she met that criteria. I hope she will be reunited with her loved ones who passed away before her and are already in Heaven. I thank God for her and I always will cherish all the memorable times we spent together, from my early childhood to adulthood, she has always been a great Grandma for everyone who has her as a Grandma, whether its the great grandchildren or grandchildren. Its been a good journey of years with her and I know God prepared a place for her in Heaven. May Grandma Finneran rest in peace now.

Pepper Wildfang (Jeff's Friend)
   Posted Wed March 06, 2013
Sorry about your family's lose. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers in your time of need.

Barb Simon
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
Dear Mom,
Just want to write you one more note.

We 8 children loved you a lot

from when we were a tot

You carried us
loved us
took care of us
taught us
disciplined us
listened to us
prayed for us
All without any fuss

We will miss you so much
and your Special touch
but what comforts us today
is that you are now with your God
and we will see you again someday!

Hugs, Kisses, Prayers of Thanksgiving and Love,

Your 8 children,
Barbara, Patricia, John, Frank, Marie,Tim,Michelle and Jim

Dave Simon
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013

I have a mixture of emotions right now: sadness and anguish that you are gone from your beloved family on Earth, but yet absolute joy to know that you are no longer suffering and get to be with your family/friends and most importantly The Lord.

I will always cherish the memories I have in my heart, thank you for being such an important part in my life and everyone's life. You always made time for each of your children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.

Rest in peace and watch over us from above.


Debbie Hupp Mathis / Maryalice Hupp
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
Are hearts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. You were good neighbors and your mother was a sweet lady. She will be missed.

With love
Debbie & Maryalice

Dorothy M.Litherland
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
Dear Children, and Grandchildren of Dorothy Finneran;

We are praying that you find confort and strength
with each other during this very difficult time.
May her Love live on the your hearts forever.
Dorothy Litherland and family

Todd and Joan Melser
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
Dear Marie and Family -

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Please know that we will be lifting you up in prayer. Love, Todd & Joan Melser

Michelle Green
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
My lil' Momma was priceless in all our hearts. I always described her as ;" PRECIOUS"- she was full of love , very strong , enduring many trials in life But always trusted in the Lord. She filled al of our lives with aLot of love, wisdom and laughter. Our hearts are all so heavy with losing her yet we know she is now with our Lord and Saviour. Please keep our family in your prayers as we go through this very great loss in our lives.-- I LOVE YOU MOMMA SO VERY MUCH- HUG JESUS FOR ME AND KNOW I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN SOMEDAY- IN GODS TIMING!

Fawn and Jim Hersman
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
John and Patty,

so sorry for your loss you and your family are in my thoughts

Earl Simon
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
You have been an inspiration to so many of us with your devotion to the Sacred Heart, Mother Mary and the daily rosary. You always prayed for all of your family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Peace to you as you join Jesus in heaven.

Great Nieces Melissa & Jennifer Mikusak
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
Great Aunt Dottie, may you rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bev Surridge and Dave Annis
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
Dear Barb, Earl, Jeff and David,
We were sorry to learn of your loss. Your mother is Heaven with God. You are in our prayers now and always.
Your friends,
Bev and Dave

Carmelo De Trovato (Jeff's friend)
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
I am really close to Jeff and all his family in this sad moment.
But, as christians, we have the greatest hope ever: Life goes on, over the darkness of the death. Our Lord won that and He showed us what we can become, if we follow Him. Life is not easy, that's sure. There are a lot of difficult times to live, but they could be a way to improve ourselves and see things in a clearer way. We can be sure, as Saint Paul the Apostle,
" [...]if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too. We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him any more." (Romans 6, 8-9)
God will never leave us alone, because as He said by the prophet Isaiah: "Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the child she has borne? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you." (Isaiah 49,15).

Jill Boughton
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
What a sweetheart Dorothy was! Life dealt her many challenges, but I never heard her complain, blame God or anyone else. She lifted her face and heart to God and grew radiant, though she would have been embarrassed to hear anyone point that out.

Lori Twining
   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
Dear Finneran family,

As I think of Dorothy and all the trials she endured with such grace and humor and how she ministered to those in Milton home, I am reminded of this poem by John G. Lake, a great man of God. Dorothy is truly a woman who bore the marks of Christ's suffering and now she lives in His Glory. My deepest sympathy to all of you on your loss.

The Reception is a poem written by John G Lake while in Africa. During this time a terrible flu took 1/4 the population in many areas throughout the country. While consoling an elderly woman who lost her only daughter, John Lake cried out to the Lord and asked “My God I would like to know what sort of reception such a soul as that gets when they arrive on the other side.”

At that the Lord replied, “Take your pen and I will tell you.” The following is a poem given to Lake verse by verse through tongues and interpretation. Lake states during this transaction with God “I felt as if I was being elevated into the presence of God, and I could look down on the folks on earth, and it was described in these verses:”

The Reception

List! ‘Tis the morning hours in Glory.
A shadow through the mists doth now appear-
A troop of angels sweeping down in greeting.
A “Welcome Home” rings out with joyous cheer!

A traveler from the earth is now arriving;
A mighty welcome’s ringing in the skies!
The trumpets of a host are now resounding
A welcome to the life that never dies.

Who is the victor whom the angels welcome?
What mighty deeds of valor have been done?
What is the meaning of these shouts of triumph?
Why welcome this soul as a mighty one?

She’s but a woman, frail and slight and tender,
No special mark of dignity she bears:
Only the Christ light from her face doth glisten:
Only the white robe of a saint she wears.

She’s but a soul redeemed through the blood of Jesus.
Hers but a life of sacrifice and care;
Yet with her welcome all the Heaven’s ringing,
And on her brow a victor’s crown she bears.

How come she thus from sin’s benighting thralldom,
The grace and purity of heaven to obtain?
Only through Him who gave His life a ransom,
Cleansing the soul from every spot and stain.

See! As you gaze upon her face so radiant,
‘Tis but the beauty of her Lord you see;
Only the image of His life resplendent;
Only the mirror of His life is she.

See with what signs of joy they bear her onward;
How that the Heavens ring with glad acclaim!
What is the shout they raise while soaring upward?
“Welcome! Thrice welcome, thou, in Jesus’ Name!”

Rest in the mansion by thy Lord prepared thee,
Out of the loving deeds which thou hast done,
Furnished through thoughts and acts which have portrayed Me,
Unto a lost world as their Christ alone.

Hear how thy heavenly harp is ringing!
Touched are its strings with hands by thee unseen.
Note that the music of thine own creating
Heaven’s melodies in hearts where sin has been.

See how the atmosphere with love is laden,
And that with brightness all the landscape gleams!
Know ’tis the gladness and the joy of heaven
Shed now by rescued souls in radiant beams.

Oh, that here on earth we may learn the lesson
That Christ enthroned on our hearts while here,
It Fits and prepares the soul for Heaven,
Making us like Him both there and here.

Doing the simple and homely duties
Just as our Christ on the earth has done,
Seeking alone that the Christ’s own beauties
In every heart should be caused to bloom.

Showing all men that the blood of Jesus
Cleanses our hearts from all sin below,
And that the life of the Christ within us
Transforms the soul till as pure as snow.

When we thus come to the dark cold river,
No night, no darkness, no death is there,
Only great joy that at last the Giver
Grants us anew of His life to share.

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