Winifred Finken of Eden Valley died Monday, March 15, 2010, at Cherished Moments in Buffalo. She was 88.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 19, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley with Rev. Virgil Braun officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 8:30 a.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Eden Valley. The Eden Valley American Legion Auxiliary will have prayer at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by Assumption Christian Women at 6:30 p.m., and parish prayers at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Winifred H. "Winnie" Finken was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Eden Valley to Peter and Mary (Eischen) Thielen. She was married to Mathew E. Finken July 21, 1956. Mathew died Oct. 10, 1988. Winnie lived in Eden Valley until she moved to Heritage House in Kimball, and then recently to Cherished Moments in Buffalo.
Following a family tradition, she had worked at a jewelry store in Litchfield, and also at a bank in Paynesville. She retired from the Eden Valley Post Office in 1981, where she had worked for 26 years.
She was a talented homemaker and caregiver to any family member in need. Winnie and Mattie had traveled to Australia and New Zealand, and enjoyed staying at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. She spent several winters in Harlingen, Texas, and liked to travel with brothers Joe and George and their wives. She was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, Assumption Christian Women, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Winnie was preceded in death by her husband Mathew; brothers Edward, Francis, Jerome, Joseph, and George; and sister Marie Bren.
She is survived by godchilcren Deb. Becker, Joan Bren, Greg and Robert Thielen; sisters-in-law Betty and Marion Thielen; and by many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are nieces and nephews Deb Becker, Joan Bren, Alan, Greg, Maureen and Tom Thielen.