Rose Marie Finley, age 75, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Sun Prairie, Wis., after putting up a brave fight with Glioblastoma brain cancer. She was born Rose Marie Bergeron on July 29, 1946, in Cordova, Alaska. Rose was the third of 10 children born to Edgar and Mildred (Thomas) Bergeron and the oldest of the surviving eight children. She was always taking care of her younger siblings with love.
In her first 10 years of life, the family moved around because her father was in the U.S. Army until settling in Ketchikan, Alaska, in 1956. She graduated from Ketchikan High School in June 1964 and married the love of her life, David Finley, on June 13, 1964. They raised a daughter and son in Ketchikan.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Mildred (Thomas) Bergeron; brother, Edgar Bergeron; sister, Alice Bergeron; and her mother-in-law, Esther Finley. Shortly after her passing on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, her husband of 57 years passed away on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.
She is survived by her daughter, Autumn (Bobby) Miller; son, Samuel Finley; grandchildren, Samuel and Sienna Leibbrandt, Zade Finley, Carver Finley, Asher Finley and Greyson Finley; brothers, Henri (Sue) Bergeron, Paul (Mary) Bergeron, Thomas (Rosemarie) Bergeron, Richard (LuAnn) Bergeron and Samuel (Linda Millard) Bergeron; sisters, Doris (Jeri Powers) Bergeron and Alice (Paul) Lamm; and many nieces, nephews, cousins; an aunt and uncle; and many dear friends that are family to Rose, too many to name but all meant so much to her.
Rose spent most of her years being an amazing homemaker, cook and baker. After school her children always enjoyed delicious homemade food and snacks. She was famous for her fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy. Rose also spent a few years as a midwife, and she helped birth 37 children! Rose was kind, nurturing and thoughtful. Anyone who got a hug from Rose said it was the best hug ever. Rose also worked for a short time as a special education teacher aide when her children were little.
Being a Nana was one of the biggest joys of Rose's life. She had a special bond with each of them that she cherished. She was always taking pictures on her phone and sharing videos of her grandchildren with as many people as possible.
Rose, being one of Jehovah's Witnesses since 1967, enjoyed the public ministry, traveling to conventions every year to see friends from near and far. Rose was deeply committed to her faith and the promises she held so dear from the Bible. She looked forward to big family and friend’s gatherings where there would be lots of laughter and good food.
Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.