Springfield Dominican Sister M. Martina Finn died on June 9 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Arcola, in 1922, one of seven children of Bartholomew and Veronica (Boucher) Finn, who named her Mary Lucille. She made her profession of vows in 1942 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
Sister M. Martina’s passion for education was spent, over a 50-year period, on the needs of primary and preschool-aged children. She taught at parochial schools in Illinois, Colorado and Minnesota. She was principal at St. Peter School in Aurora from 1975-1981 and enjoyed sharing stories about her 10 years teaching grades 1-3 at St. Maurice School, Morrisonville, from 1949-1959. In 1970, she opened an innovative teacher training center at St. Ambrose Parish in Crest Hill. When the sisters at St. Mary Hospital in Rogers, Ark., needed daycare for their staff, Sister Martina was called on to establish the program, from 1984-1987. In 1991, she moved to Sacred Heart Convent where for 18 years she was administrative assistant for the nursing staff.
Sister M. Martina was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Tom, Mick, and Bert Finn; and her sisters, Elizabeth Amman, Agnes Kleiss, and Louise Gelnaw. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ollie (Bert) Finn, of Bettendorf, Iowa, and generations of beloved nieces, nephews, and their families, 193 strong.
A visitation, which began with a prayer service, was held June 11 at the Aquinas Center, at Sacred Heart Convent. A funeral Mass followed at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel with Father Richard Chiola, celebrant.
Morning Prayer, Remembering, and Final Commendation took place on June 12, at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Martina were served by Butler Funeral Home-Springfield.