Anna Emelia Finger, 79, of Dodge Center, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a lengthy hospital stay.
She was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Steele County, the daughter of Anton and Alma (Schwenke) Ripka. She grew up on a farm west of Dodge Center. She graduated from Dodge Center High School in 1957. Following graduation, she worked as a waitress at the cafe in Dodge Center.
On April 21, 1961, she married Richard Finger in Kasson. The couple made their home in Dodge Center, where they raised their family.
Along with being a homemaker, Anna worked for 25 years at Telex where she was involved with the union serving as its president, secretary and first aid coordinator. Many people in the area will remember Anna as their Watkins sales representative for over 52 years. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kasson where she faithfully sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Happy Homemakers Club.
Anna enjoyed music, playing cards, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, cooking, embroidery and cross-stitch. She also enjoyed teaching and playing baseball with her children as they grew up. She especially loved and enjoyed her grandchildren.
She is survived by children, Kimberly (David) Learmann of Welch, Christine (Eric) Eggert of Stewartville, Richard (Sheryl) Finger of Kasson, Irene (William) Anderson of Eyota, and Rickhard (Samantha Olson) Finger of Owatonna; siblings, Arthur (Mary) Ripka of Shieldsville, Leo Ripka (friend, Elaine) of Waseca, Gladys Mulari of Owatonna, Henry Ripka (friend, Sandi) of Owatonna, Evelyn (Ron) Newbauer of Freeborn, Shirley Ripka (friend, Lou) of Owatonna, Margaret (Mike) Lerfald of Kenyon, Loretta (David) Wencl of Owatonna and Lorraine Ripka of Owatonna; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters-in-law, Barb Ripka of Owatonna and Sandra Finger of Joliet, Ill.; brother-in-law, Sam Weeks of Wasioja; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Alma; husband, Richard Finger; siblings, Lawrence Ripka, Joyce Weeks and Robert Ripka; nephew, Brian Ripka; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Ripka.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Owatonna.