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Rachel Ellen
Finger

Finger, Rachel E.,

Died peacefully in her home on Sunday, October 18th, 2020 at the age of 91.  Dear cousin of Douglas (Marilyn), Richard, and Donald Olsen.  Preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Nora Finger, and dear friend, Wally Oestreich.  Also survived by many other relatives and dear friends.

Private services have been held.

Rachel retired from Milwaukee Public Schools after teaching for many years.

Memorials appreciated to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.

13 Comments

  1. Süsy October 21, 2020 at 4:04 pm - Reply

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    I will miss Rachel, my friend, teacher of many things, and confidant. You were a valued family member, without the DNA.❤🙏

  2. Süsy Oestreich Thompson October 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm - Reply

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    Rachel deserves her own picture

  3. Judy Oestreich October 21, 2020 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    My dear Rachel, I adopted you as my “Mother-Rach”. When I would come over we would talk and talk and solve the world problems. I miss you so very much. There is an ache in my heart for losing you, but I will see you again. You have no more pain or discomfort. Have fun with mom and dad Oestreich, as well as your mom and dad and your grandparents and all others. Kirsten, I know is happy to see you. I love you so much. Love “Daughter-Judy”

  4. Mike and Judy Oestreich October 21, 2020 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    We had so many fun family gatherings with the Oestreichs, Thompsons, Hemmes, Jepsons and Kyselys. You have been so much apart of our family. We will all miss you so very very must.

  5. Mike and Judy Oestreich October 21, 2020 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Oh, Mother-Rach, remember the fun trips you and Dad Oestreich would go to Alabama to see, Karen and David. You told me all about it.

  6. Debra Trakel October 25, 2020 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Rachel was my third grade teacher. She often drove this latch key kid home in her VW. She found things for me to do after school so I would not have to go home too soon. Before I could articulate it, I knew she loved me. Many years later she came to my ordination to the Episcopal priesthood. We shared letters and thoughts. I am a better human being because Rachel was in my life. I am so grateful. And I know we will meet again

    • Latrina Bain(Perkins) March 13, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Your post brought tears to my eyes as I read your beautiful story about Miss Finger. Mrs. Zinda was my third-grade teacher and so I knew Miss Finger pretty well from 1978/79, Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

  7. Lis Pedersen October 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Rachel 1929 – 2020

    We – Lene, Lis and Christen – think happily of Rachel and remember her catching laughter, we remember all the conversations and all the visits.
    Rachel came to Denmark for the first time in 1953, where Lene was learning to walk. Last visit was in 1999. It turned into many visits from Rachel. In the mid-1960s, Rachel lived in our home for a few years. Rachel has therefore always been a part of our lives and we followed each other a lot in our lives and doings.
    Lene visited Rachel in 1971-1972, our parents in 1976, Christen, Lis and Dorte (Christen’s wife) in 1996 and Lene and Torsten (Lene’s husband) in 2017.
    Anne visiter Rachel in 1994 and Aksel visited Rachel. Anne and Aksel are parentes are Dorte og Christen.
    We miss you, Rachel. Rest in peace.

  8. Lene Petersen October 28, 2020 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Rachel 1929 – 2020

    We – Lene, Lis and Christen – think happily of Rachel and remember her catching laughter, we remember all the conversations and all the visits.
    Rachel came to Denmark for the first time in 1953, where Lene was learning to walk. Last visit was in 1999. It turned into many visits from Rachel. In the mid-1960s, Rachel lived in our home for a few years. Rachel has therefore always been a part of our lives and we followed each other a lot in our lives and doings.
    Lene visited Rachel in 1971-1972, our parents in 1976, Christen, Lis and Dorte (Christen’s wife) in 1996 and Lene and Torsten (Lene’s husband) in 2017.
    Anne visited Rachel in 1994 and Aksel visited Rachel in 2002. Anne and Aksel the children of Dorte and Christen.
    We miss you, Rachel. Rest in peace.

  9. Lene Petersen October 28, 2020 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Check photos on the link below

  10. Jane Shero October 31, 2020 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Rachel and I shared so many wonderful times in her garden where she taught me the importance of slowing down and smelling the flowers. And of appreciating all her bird and wildlife friends! She was a blessing to me in many ways. Earlier this year she thanked me with a Kopp’s gift card so this week I will enjoy some frozen custard in her memory. Thank you, Rachel!

  11. Latrina Bain(Perkins) March 13, 2021 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    If you had Mrs. Zinda as a teacher then you knew Miss Finger. Their classrooms at Forest Home were next door to each other. They were like Betty and Wilma from the Flintstones. It was truly an honor to know this teacher. I can still picture in my mind going into Miss Finger’s classroom for a movie, she was tall. glasses with sandy hair and a smile that would light up a classroom. Miss Finger and Mrs. Zinda are the reasons why I never gave up on life because they never gave up on me. I will always feel honored to have known her. Rest in beautiful peace and know that your light will always shine through the students who were blessed to have you as their teacher.
    Thank you Miss Finger. Latrina

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