Rose Fitzgerald Finlayson

Born: September 8, 1927
Died: September 19, 2011
Age: 84 years old

Rose Fitzgerald Finlayson, age 84, of Peoria, Arizona, formerly of Reedsburg, died on Monday, September 19, 2011.

She was born on September 8, 1927 in Reedsburg, the daughter of Francis and Anne (Sullivan) Fitzgerald. Rose was a 1945 graduate of Reedsburg High School. She attended Sauk County Normal School and later completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. On September 6, 1952, she was married to Donald P. Finlayson of Elmhurst, Illinois by Father Eugene Kiernan in Reedsburg.

Survivors include four daughters: Colleen Kelly, Barbara Dann (Anthony Odom) and Rochelle (Ronald) Rinker, all of Arizona, and Mary Finlayson, of Illinois; also, a step-daughter, Theresa (Thomas) Vondrasek of South Carolina; four grandchildren: Ronald Rinker, Kimberly Dann, Lisa Fournier and Paul Bratset; also 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Michael (Delores) Fitzgerald, Francis Fitzgerald and Dennis (Roberta) Fitzgerald; three sisters: Cecelia LaRue, Lucy (Lawrence) Barnes and Mary (Henry) Gonzales; one sister-in-law: Patricia Fitzgerald; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; sisters: Iona Fitzgerald and Geraldine Kranz; her brother: Patrick Fitzgerald; brother-in-law: Maurice LaRue; sister-in-law: Venita Fitzgerald: a nephew: Lawrence LaRue; and a great-nephew, Travis Fitzgerald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg with Father Thomas Monaghan officiating.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service on Friday at the church.

The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.

If you would like to send a condolence message, please include your name, email address, message, and for whom the message is intended (in memory of, friend of, family of, etc...) and email to or mail to: Hoof Funeral Home, 312 Park St, Reedsburg, WI., 53959

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Colleen Kelly said on Tuesday, Jun 26 at 1:35 AM

Hi Mom! Love and miss you so much! Pray for you all the time--and for Dad, too! Can't wait to see you both again! Your daughter, Colleen

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Hoof Funeral Home

312 N Park St
Reedsburg, WI
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