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Angie Finley

October 12, 2018
Estherville News

Mass of Christian Burial for Angie Finley, 50, of Estherville, will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Merlin Schrad, celebrant. Angie passed away on Oct. 10, 2018 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Angela Jean "Angie" Finley was born on Aug. 14, 1968, to Don and Judy Hoffmeister in Trimont, Minn. Angie graduated from Sherburn-Dunnell High School, where she sang in the choir, played the clarinet and performed in the color guard for the band, and played volleyball and basketball. She graduated from Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minn., with a degree in elementary education and a chemistry minor. While at Saint Mary's Angie met David Finley, and they were married on Aug. 21, 1993 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Sherburn.

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Angie's first teaching job was at Parmelee Elementary School in the Todd County Schools, S.D. After they married, Angie and David moved to St. Charles, Minn., where Angie worked for Head Start. In 1995 they moved to Estherville where David was hired to teach Spanish at Estherville Lincoln Central High School. Angie was a substitute teacher for ELC and area schools, which was how she learned that she preferred teaching high school. She worked to get certified to teach high school science, and in 2000 Angie was hired to teach chemistry at ELC High School. She eventually taught Earth Science and Environmental Science in addition to Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry, continuing to teach at ELC through the current school year. Angie was a teacher who told her students to never give up and that they could do what it takes to succeed.

Angie and David were blessed with three children: Bridget (19), a sophomore at Saint Mary's University; Brendan (16), a sophomore at ELC High School; and Brynn (11), a sixth grader at ELC Middle School. Angie loved attending her children's fine arts performances and athletic competitions, strongly encouraging them to participate in both throughout their school careers. When Bridget was a high school freshman, Angie was hired to coach the ELC Dance Team, which she did for the next three years. Angie's love for her children was fierce, and they meant the world to her.

Angie was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, singing in the choir and playing the organ. She was avid sports fan, especially when it came to her beloved Gophers, Vikings, and Twins. Angie enjoyed traveling with David and the kids to warmer destinations, especially South Texas, Myrtle Beach, and Walt Disney World.

Angie is survived by her husband David; children Bridget, Brendan, and Brynn; parents Don and Judy Hoffmeister of Sherburn; sisters Jackie (Daryl) Tlam of Dunnell, Nicolle (Danny) Eytcheson of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and Jenny (Steve) Tusa of Alpha; six brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law; five nieces and 11 nephews; aunt and uncle David and Cynthia Erdal of Woodridge, Ill.; cousins Christian Erdal of Woodridge and Erik Erdal of Chicago.

Angie is preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Bob and Pat Finley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Upper Des Moines Opportunity. ( Donation boxes will be available at the visitation and funeral for those wishing to donate to the food pantry.



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