Monday, March 03, 2008
Second grade teacher, Miss Finkenbinder, dies
From the Rockford paper
OLIVE L. FINKENBINDER, 91
ROCKFORD - Olive L. Finkenbinder, 91, of Rockford died February 28, 2008, in Provena St. Anne Nursing Center. She was born March 29, 1916, in Jo Daviess County, Wards Grove Twp., the daughter of David Allen and Lillian (Espe) Finkenbinder. She graduated from Stockton High School in 1933, received her B.S. degree at NIU and her M.S. degree from Rockford College. Her post graduate studies were done at Syracuse University in N.Y. Olive began her teaching career in rural schools in Stephenson County. She continued teaching at public elementary schools in Mount Morris, Kukuihaele, Hawaii and Rockford, where the last five years she was the supervisor of Learning Disabilities Program. Olive retired after 38 years in the teaching profession and became an antique dealer in Scales Mound and later in Rockford at the State Street Mall.
She was an active member of many organizations including, Beth Eden United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Delta Kappa Gamma Zeta chapter. Olive enjoyed traveling with her friends to many states, Canada, countries in Europe and Australia. She also enjoyed watching birds, flower gardening and crewel. Survivors include her niece, Carol (Wayne) Noller of Stockton; nephew, Paul (Patricia) Noble of Chester, Vt.; and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Myrna Finkenbinder and Mildred Noble; her brother, Orville Finkenbinder; sister-in-law, Thelma Finkenbinder; and brother-in-law, William H. Noble.
Cremation rites were accorded and burial will be with her parents at the Kent Lutheran Cemetery, Kent. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, in Beth Eden United Methodist Church, 3201 Huffman Blvd., Rockford, with the Rev. Doug Bowden, pastor, officiating. A luncheon at the church will follow. A sharing time with friends will be held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be given to Beth Eden United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Zeta chapter or any charity. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 815-282-6202.