Sister Mary Martina Finn, OP

Sister M. Martina's Services

Visitation: 4:00 p.m.—6:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. in Springfield. The visitation begins with a prayer service.

Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Father Richard Chiola, celebrant.

Morning Prayer, Remembering, and Final Commendation: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial follows at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704.

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Martina Finn died June 9, 2019, at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill. She was born in Arcola, Ill., in 1922, one of seven children of Bartholomew and Veronica (Boucher) Finn, who named her Mary Lucille. She made her profession of vows in 1942 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.

Sister M. Martina’s passion for education was spent, over a 50-year period, on the needs of primary and preschool aged children. She taught at parochial schools in Illinois, Colorado, and Minnesota. She was principal at St. Peter School, Aurora, Ill., 1975-1981, and enjoyed sharing stories about her 10 years teaching grades 1-3 at St. Maurice School, Morrisonville, Ill, 1949-1959. In 1970 she opened an innovative teacher training center at St. Ambrose Parish, Crest Hill, Ill. When the sisters at St. Mary Hospital in Rogers, Ark., needed day care for their staff, Sister Martina was called on to establish the program, 1984-1987. In 1991 she moved to Sacred Heart Convent where for 18 years she was administrative assistant for the nursing staff.

Sister M. Martina was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Tom, Mick, and Bert Finn, and her sisters Elizabeth Amman, Agnes Kleiss, and Louise Gelnaw. She is survived by her sister-in-law Ollie (Bert) Finn, Bettendorf, Ia., and generations of beloved nieces, nephews, and their families, 193 strong.

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