Wanneta VanValkenburgh Finch, 84, of Elk Creek Road, Halcott Center died Wednesday April 10, 2013 after a very brief stay at the Victory Lake Nursing Home in Hyde Park.
She was born at home in Halcott, a daughter of the late Franklin and Araminta (MacGreggor) VanValkenburgh. Wanneta, and her late husband Paul, we very active in local politics, and her children figure that their parents had a combined political service to their community of approximately 40 years. She had been on the Board of Elections for many years, and served Halcott as a town councilwoman.
She was a real estate sales person for a short time, but her primary focus was raising her children. She was a great cook and baker. The kids tell that she baked for everyone in the neighborhood and had a reputation for her cinnamon buns! She was able to crochet almost everything and had a fine collection of handmade quilts. She loved animals and made room for dogs, horses, and whatever. Wanneta was a ardent fan of Dale Earnhardt.
Surviving are her daughter, Wanda Wright of Margaretville; two sons, Brad of Fleischmanns and Greg, his wife, Penny Finch, of Halcott Center; four grandchildren, Zach, Felicia, Sonya and Kristin and two great-grandchildren, McKaya and Jordon. A brother, James VanValkenburgh also survives.
She was predeceased by her husband, the former Highway Superintendent Paul John Finch in 1984; two infant children, James and Frank, and siblings, Evelyn Rossman, Robert, Richard, and Leonard VanValkenburgh.
Friends were received on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia.
A service to celebrate the life of Wanneta was held on Saturday at 11 a. m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt as celebrant.
Burial is in the family plot at the Halcott Cemetery.
You may share a condolence or light a candle on Wanneta’s memorial page, at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com.