Signe Fineid, 95, of Rochester, passed away at Seasons Hospice on Nov. 3, 2019.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1924, in Kristisand South, Norway to Ludvig and Inger Nordkvist. She married Tore Fineid on March 4, 1943.

Signe with her husband, Tore, and daughter, Inger-Lise, survived German occupation during WWII and immigrated to the U.S. in 1948. They traveled 12 days by boat and arrived at Ellis Island and then had a three day train trip to Minneapolis.

Signe and family lived on her grandparent's farm south of Kasson. She learned English from a local country school teacher. She loved sports and walked five miles a day until 85 and continued her walking until her death. Skiing was a big part of their life both in Norway and their new home in the U.S.

A big part of her life was sewing, knitting and baking her famous Norwegian pastries. Mom enjoyed her family immensely and being involved in their lives whenever possible. She (Nany) especially enjoyed attending her grandsons' sporting and school events.

Signe worked most of her life in retail and more than 20 years and retired from Dayton's. She loved to volunteer at Bethel Church, Pink Ladies, and for the lutefisk dinners. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, any kind of games and she loved to "win!"

One of her favorite times each year was when she and Tore would visit family in Norway each summer for a month or more.

She is survived by her daughter, Inger-Lise "Lise" and son-in-law, Lyle (Slats) Papenfuss; two grandchildren, Lynn Graham and her two boys, Connor and Cole, and Lance Tore Papenfuss and his three boys, Tore, Jack and Brodie. In addition, two sisters, Lila and Liv; and a brother, Eyvind; along with many nieces and nephews in Norway.

Preceded in death by her husband, Tore (Nov. 3, 2005); parents; sister, Ester; and brother, Kurt.

The family expresses their appreciation for the kindness given to Signe by Seasons Hospice as they are "truly angels on earth."

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester with Pastor Norman Wahl officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Memorials preferred to Seasons Hospice, Bethel Lutheran Church or donor's choice.

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