Barbara Ann Finch
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Barbara Ann Finch, 86, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Grosse Pointe Woods.
Born Dec. 2, 1932, in Grosse Pointe to Gerald and Emily Fitzgerald, Barbara attended Sacred Heart Academy and graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. She attended Pennsylvania School for Women and graduated from Michigan State University with a teaching degree. She earned a master’s degree from Wayne State University.
Barbara taught in the Detroit Public Schools. She also was the religion director at St. Matthew in Detroit and a religious education teacher at the Grosse Pointe Academy.
Barbara loved to entertain and had many friends. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, League of Women Voters and an honorary member of the Four Freshmen Society. She also helped spearhead an organization called Residents on The Hill.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Elise Finch-Sophiea (Bill Sophiea); sons, Michael Finch (Mariela Fernandez Alsina) and Mark Finch and grandchildren, William and Jeffrey Sophiea and Zachary and Olivia Finch,
She was predeceased by her brother, Gerald Fitzgerald.
A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the start of the service.
Burial will take place in St. Clair, next to her mother and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michigan Women Forward, 1155 Brewery Park Blvd., Suite 350, Detroit, MI 48207 or at email@example.com or Alpha Chi Omega, Michigan State University, 243 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823.