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Lynda Finck

August 24, 1947 — May 19, 2015

Lynda Sue Finck went home to be with the Lord at 4 pm on May 19, 2015 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Illinois.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in El Paso and one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday at El Paso Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Jonathan Boehne will officiate. Internment will be at the Gridley Cemetery. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is assisting the family with their arrangements.

Lynda was born August 24, 1947 to Paul and Lavera Kingdon Terven in Bloomington. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry Finck. They were married in El Paso on August 12, 1967.

Also surviving are children, Brian (Jennifer) Finck, O'Fallon, Illinois; Kelli (Mark) Peterson, Pueblo West, Colorado; Tara Finck, Chesterfield, Missouri; Brent (Christine) Finck, Chicago, Illinois; one sister, Pauleta Terven, Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Jessica, Valerie, and Nathan Finck, Averi and Kaylin Peterson, Marlowe and Georgia Finck; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lynda is also survived by two very special people, Rex and Frances Pinkham, who helped to raise her after her mother passed away at an early age.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Lynda graduated from El Paso High School in 1965 and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Illinois State University. She taught lower elementary classes for 24 years at Gridley Elementary School. She also worked as a substitute teacher and taught home-bound students.

She was an active member of El Paso Trinity Lutheran Church, where she had taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School, and served on the church council.

She was an election judge for Waldo Township, a food preservation judge at the McLean County Fair and served on the Gridley Public Library Board. She had also worked as a receptionist for Weight Watchers and as a leader for the Gridley Golden Banner 4-H Club.

Lynda loved spending time with her family, and was a fantastic cook and an avid gardener. She will always be remembered for the countless lives she touched as a teacher, her infectious smile, her quick wit, her unfailing faith, and the encouraging notes that she was constantly writing. Her generous spirit continued even after death as an organ donor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the El Paso Trinity Lutheran Church, the Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool, or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to her family at


MAY 22. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)

Trinity Lutheran Church
El Paso, IL

Funeral Service

MAY 23. 10:30 AM (CDT)

Trinity Lutheran Church
El Paso, IL

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