Marcie (Marcella) Finnegan, age 90 peacefully passed on April 30, 2021 in the compassionate care of her family at home in Duluth. She was born on January 12, 1931 in Virginia, MN. She attended Virginia schools and graduated from the College of St. Scholastica. As a devout Christian who loved God with all her heart, Marcie was a member of Sacred Heart Parish.
Marcie was an independent, compassionate, and patient soul. She was an entrepreneur and she started one of the first woman owned small businesses on the Iron Range, “Finny’s Inc.”, which was a personalized monogram business in Virginia, Minnesota. She was an educator who taught elementary students in Virginia and fostered the growth of adults with English as their second language and GED preparation. She was a tireless caregiver to both her husband and her son who she now joins in heaven. Marcie was a voracious reader who delighted in all genres of literature. The original laundress, she often lamented the loss of her Maytag wringer washer.
She is survived by three children, Mary (John Ongaro) Finnegan, Peter Finnegan, John (Lisa) Finnegan, all of Duluth. Grandchildren, Patrick (Keri Saline) Finnegan, Erin Finnegan, Daniel (Michelle) Ongaro and Casey Tatro; Great grandchildren, Shea, Keenan, and Landon Finnegan. Special nieces, Sue (Ralph) Harvey, Renee (Cal) Cossalter and Renelle (Carl) Baranzelli along with their children, nine great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Finnegan, parents Ignatius and Juliet (Kubiak) Stopnik, an infant daughter, eldest son, Jim Finnegan, granddaughter, Annie Finnegan, and siblings Sister Agnes Marie (Charlotte) Stopnik, O.S.B., Robert “Teto” Stopnik, and Connie “Bubbles” Edholm.
Memorials are the preferred way to honor Marcie’s memory and may be directed to Marquette Catholic School, 311 Third St. South, Virginia, MN 55792, or Damiano Center, 206 West Fourth St., Duluth, MN 55806. With close family and friends, Marcie’s Memorial Mass was held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 (10:30am) at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Duluth MN. Fr. William Fider honored Marcie’s life as the memorial officiant.
Marcie was truly beloved by many. Her strength, joy for life, and kindness will continue to inspire all of us who she graced with her presence.
Arrangements were made by the Dougherty Funeral Home in Duluth, MN, 218 727- 3555.