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Janet Finney, 76

May 18, 2012

Janet Finney, age 76 of Merna, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Janet Ruth Pohlreich Finney was born Nov. 27, 1935, at Anselmo to Rudy and Rose (Loughran) Polhreich. She attended Columbia Table grade school and graduated from Merna High School in 1953. She taught school for one year at Farritor School east of Victoria Springs State Park, attended Duchesne College in Omaha for one year, and then St. Francis School of Nursing in Grand Island for two years graduating in 1957.
She was employed at Sandhills General Hospital in Valentine for two years and then traveled with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile for two years before her marriage to Pat Finney. Janet and Pat were married Jan. 26, 1963, at Grand Island, at the Blessed Sacrament Church, and returned to her family farm northeast of Anselmo. There they raised four sons; Phil, Chris, David, and Mark.
She worked part time at local hospitals as time allowed while continuing to work on the farm and raise a garden. Janet volunteered her time as a school nurse or to take care of anybody in need. They moved to Merna in 1997, where her yard, flowers, church, and grandchildren were her life.
Janet is survived by her husband, Pat of Merna; sons, Phil (Lisa) Finney of Anselmo, Chris (Patty) Finney of Ainsworth, David (Linda) Finney of Springfield, and Mark (Becky) Finney of Anselmo; 13 grandchildren, and one sister, Edna (Gordon) Anderson of Anselmo.
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Anselmo with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial was in the St. Anslem's Catholic Cemetery at Anselmo. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements. Memorials have been suggested to the AseraCare Hospice or the St. Anselm's Cemetery.

Published in Custer County Chief, May 10, 2012

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