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Adeline Finke, 94

Adeline Marian Finke, age 94, of Martell, Wis., died on Thursday, May 23, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Adeline was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Troy Township, St. Croix County, Wis., to parents Albert Lawrence and Mary Louise (Messersmith) Trebus. Like so many of her generation, Adeline attended country school. On Sept. 28, 1939, on her 21st birthday, Adeline would be united in marriage to Robert William Finke. Their union in marriage would be blessed with three children: Barbara, Bill, and Judy. Robert would precede her in death on Oct. 17, 1980.

Besides being a wife, mother, and homemaker, Adeline worked at the O'Connell Orchard, then at the River Falls Lutheran Home and Smeads in River Falls. On the family farm, Adeline raised chickens, cows, sheep, and turkeys. She also drove the "country school car pool" for many of the rural kids. Adeline also enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, bowling, cooking, gardening and canning vegetables, as well as baking, where Adeline will be remembered for baking many wedding cakes. Adeline enjoyed playing card games like 500 and Rummy with others and going to the casino. Adeline made an annual event of camping and fishing with her grandkids.

Adeline is survived by her children, Barbara (Dan) Carlstrom of Martell, Bill (Marlene) Finke of Martell, and Judy Finke of Eagan, Minn.; grandchildren, Jackie (Herbert) Bennett, Dawn (Marvin) Glenna, Vickie (Brian) Shedore, Faye (Dave) Hanson, Tony Carlstrom, and Frosty Duckson; great-grandchildren, Kathy, Jessie, Bobby, Danny, Kim, Samantha, Mackinzie, Nathan, Michael, and Brandon; great-great-grandchildren, Gregory, Owen, Adeline, Cecelia, Alex, Lonnie, Skylar, Annie, and Kalan; brother Jake Trebus of Martell; sister Irene (Herbert) Minder of Beldenville; sisters-in-law, Avis Finke of Spring Valley, Marilyn Trebus of Spring Valley, and Muriel Emerson of River Falls; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; sister Amelia Emerson; brother Marvin Trebus; and brother-in-law, Gene Emerson.

In honor of Adeline's wishes, a family gathering for her will be held at a later date.

Funeral services have been entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory of Baldwin.

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