STREATOR- Francis F. Finnegan 82 of Streator died Monday morning (Dec. 17, 2012) surrounded by his family, at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator with Rev. Dustin Schultz, officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30-11:00 AM Friday at Hagi Funeral Home, Streator. Burial with full military rites conducted by members of American Legion Post # 217 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1492 will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Streator.
Mr. Finnegan was born Nov. 10, 1930 in Streator the son of Thomas A. and Anna (Kolischan) Finnegan. He married Martha Burkett May 22, 1954 at St. Anthony’s Church, Streator. She survives.
Francis had been employed as a journeyman carpenter for Verchimak Construction Co, Streator and later by the Streator Post Office starting as a letter carrier and then spending 34 years as a rural mail carrier on Rural Route 4, prior to his retirement. He was a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church and currently a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. He was a former member of American Legion Post # 217 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1492 and was currently a member of the Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus and Country Club, all of Streator. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. Francis was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to races at Talladega.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and had a close relationship with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha, two daughters, Jane (Don) Carpenter and Susan (Richard) Adler, both of Streator, four grandchildren, James and Scott Carpenter and Alex and Anne Adler, one brother, Jack (Sandy) Finnegan, Ottawa, one sister-in-law, Diane Finnegan, Streator as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Tom and Ed Finnegan.
Pallbearers will be Don, James and Scott Carpenter, Richard and Alex Adler and Richard Powell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. William Ehling, Bruce Hart, Bob Houser, Dr. John Kissel, Lowell Lucas and Ralph Sterrett.
Memorials may be made to Nephrology Research c/o Mayo Clinic/ Dept. of Development, 200 First St. S.W., Rochester MN 55905