Florence (Nelson) Finney of Crivitz Wisconsin, passed away after 100 years and 7 months. Florence passed quietly at Artisan Living in De Pere on March 21st, 2107. The family thanks the Artisan staff and Hospice for their exceptional care!
Florence was born to Esther (Johnson) and Barney Nelson on July 11, 1916 in the Johnson home in Beaver Wisconsin, middle sister of Bernice and Douglas Nelson. Florence played baseball and basketball and at 16, graduated valedictorian from Coleman High School.
With a 4-H scholarship, Florence attended Madison for one year and then graduated from Marinette Teachers College. She taught at Fairfield, Loomis and Pound Schools from 1935-1942.
In 1943, the U.S. Army Air Force sent a bulletin needing instructors to learn and teach Morse Code, AC-DC and Radio Mechanics to the GI's for WWII. So Florence and Bernice went to St. Louis for the summer to be trained and were called #1 and #2 by their instructors. They returned to Truax Airfield, where they both met their future husbands.
Bill Finney helped teach Florence how to sail the Nelson boat on Lake Mendota. After the War, Bill returned from the South Pacific and Iwo Jima to Florida, where Florence was now teaching. They married in Ithaca, New York, May 1945 and eventually settled on the Beaver homestead where they raised Sherry, Michael, Susy, and Mark.
In 1953, Florence returned to teaching sixth and eighth grades in Crivitz, was the elementary Principal, and finally Reading Specialist retiring at 71.
She enjoyed community organizations , serving as president for many, active in the Crivitz Woman's Club, Crivitz Historical Society, Sons of Norway, AAUW, and M &M Square Dancers. After retiring, she remained an active volunteer in the school and community and continued to be an active square dancer.
She traveled extensively visiting Crivitz Germany, cruising Norway, painting in Italy and visiting numerous other countries and was a visiting teacher in Hong Kong, Fiji and Australia. Florence was able to live in her home until last year.
Besides her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, "Bill" Glenn Finney; brother, Douglas (Arlene) Nelson of Chicago IL; sister, Bernice Kern of Denver, Co and, a year ago, daughter, Sherry (Joe) Zei of Almond, WI.
Florence is survived by three children, Michael Finney of Green Bay, WI, Mark (Kris) Finney of Orono MN and daughter, Sue (Bernie) Rocheleau of Suamico, WI and seven grandchildren, Bryan Rocheleau, Christopher Rocheleau, Travis Blanshan, Emmaline Finney, Isabella Finney, Lindsey Blanshan, and Lila Finney.
A memorial fund has been set up to support charities and organizations Florence was supportive of in her life time: Crivitz Library - Children's reading program (Florence was a founding member of the library and later a reading specialist tutoring children in reading); Crivitz Stephenson Historical Museum - museum is raising money to move an historical barn to their museum site (Florence was a founding member); Badger Girl State (Florence sponsored a Crivitz High School student for decades).
Condolences and donations may be sent to Simply Cremations, 243 North Broadway, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54303. Thank you sincerely for your thoughts, considerations and donations!
A celebration of Life is planned for April 29, 2017, 11-2 at Faith Presbyterian Church, Crivitz Wisconsin, at 12 memorial celebration, food after words.
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