Vera Pauline Finkbeiner, 98, Oregon, beloved mother and grandmother, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Sept. 10, 1914 to William F. and Clara (Sender) Buske.
Vera and her husband, Boyd moved from Freeport to Oregon in 1946 to own and operate the Koffee Kup Café on Fourth Street.
In the late 1950s and early 60s Boyd owned a tavern on Third Street.
Her husband predeceased her in 1976 after a long illness.
Vera was known for her spirit, which was lively, curious and independent. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh.
At St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she was called the “hug lady”, Vera was honored with a plaque for her 46 years of singing in the choir.
She was active in the Women’s Circle as a chairperson and lesson leader. Vera practiced her sewing abilities helping to make quilts for the Lutheran World Relief.
For years she helped collate the church newsletter.
She worked at the ASC (a federal agriculture program) until she retired.
An avid reader, she dabbled in writing poetry and had a few published in the Rockford paper.
She always said her hobbies were reading, writing, and people.
She is survived by a sister, Geraldine Sanders, Belvidere; her son, Ronald (Marilyn) Finkbeiner, California; her daughter, Georgia (Gary) Kroll, Wisconsin. Seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren will miss her loving hugs.
Vera outlived six brothers, Clayton, Robert, Vernon, Carson, Rodger Buske, all of Stockton and two sisters, Margaret Haight and Marion Bruehler, both of Freeport.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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