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Lucille L. Finn

Lucille L. Finn, “Lucy” to family and friends, a long-time resident of Urbana, Ill., passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 15, 2019. Born to the late Christopher finnand Anna Hinrichs on June 28, 1927 in St. Peter, Ill., she was one of seven siblings supporting their parents on the family farm. At the young age of sixteen she left St. Peter to join two of her sisters in Detroit, Mich., working as a hairdresser and a waitress at a local diner, the latter where she met Charles Thomas Finn (deceased September 21, 1994), her future husband and father to her children. They were married on April 26, 1952 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Ill., and settled in Urbana, Ill. to begin their lives together. In the coming years Lucy would bring five healthy sons into the world, the last of which was born when she was nearly 40 years old.

To help support the family, and while still caring for her five sons, Lucille was ahead of her time as a working mother, taking employment in various jobs and positions throughout her life, of most enjoyment her role for many years as a costumer-seamstress for the University of Illinois Theatre Program at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In this position she supported the creation and design of costumes and wardrobes unique to each theatre production, while helping students learn the skills and secrets of the costuming craft. Often she would bring a family member to a theatre production for which she had constructed a costume. Sewing was always an important part of Lucy’s life, utilizing the talent to make not only income, but also clothing for her children and herself, including her own wedding gown. The wedding gown was later worn by one of her sisters.

Lucille was a strong believer in hard work and education, encouraging and supporting her children to do well in school and to be successful in whatever field of employment they chose. For her children showing interest, and irrespective of finances, she encouraged attainment of a college education, something she was not given the opportunity to achieve for herself. Setting an example, she returned to school in her mid-forties to secure her G.E.D. diploma. She was always very proud of that effort and accomplishment. Lucille naturally demonstrated an inquisitive and inquiring mind, self-educating herself in many facets of life and staying abreast of what was happening in the world around her. Ultimately, she was always one to ask questions, of herself and others, and then to seek out the answers.

Lucy had many enjoyable hobbies in her life. In addition to sewing, she loved to grow and care for plants, often starting plants from her own cuttings, in particular her favorite plant, the African violet. During her early years of marriage and child rearing, she became the “Cecile B. Demille” of home movies, generating hours and hours of 16 MM movies which have permanently captured important and happy moments in the life of the family, and which are now cherished keepsakes. Lucille also loved to cook, including canning fruits and vegetables, taking her own unique approach to recipes, adding a dash of this and pinch of that until she arrived at what she knew to be perfection. Or as she often said, “that’s happy.” Among many favorites were her southern fried chicken and home-made ice cream and chocolate syrup, the secret recipes for the latter now passed on to her children. She was an avid shopper and deal seeker, with a tendency to be an avid returner if a product did not meet her high standards – something she was gently teased about. Finally, she always enjoyed a good game of Caroms, without a care for the winning or losing, as it was the activity and person across the board she enjoyed.

Lucy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Finn (deceased September 21, 1994) her parents Christopher and Anna Hinrichs, and siblings, Olga Ellis, Edward Hinrichs, George Hinrichs, Oliver Hinrichs, Eunice Krauss and Viola Kerfoot. She is survived by her five sons and their wives, Michael and Marilyn Finn of Newman, Ill., Patrick and Nancy Finn of Katy, Tex., Thomas and Julie Finn of Ipswich, Mass., James and Linda Finn of Ogden, Ill. and John and Elizabeth Finn of Sidney, Illi. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on June 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Champaign, Ill., where Lucille was a member for over 40 years. At 10 a.m. there will be a visitation, and a light luncheon will provided following the service.
Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Private donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church School Fund.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.