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Claude E. Finnell, age 71, of Green Bay, went to be in the loving arms of the Lord on April 8, 2014. Claude was born on November 14, 1942 in Green Bay, the son of the now late Earl and Alice (Steinhorst) Finnel. He attended the St. Lawrence Seminary for 3 ½ years and finished out the rest of his High School year at Denmark High School, where he graduated in 1960. Claude joined the United States Navy reserves in High School serving for three years and serving three years of active duty during the Vietnam War. Claude married Suzanne VanBeek on November 16, 1963, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. He spent 17 ½ years working at North West Engineering, 8 years at Nicolet Paper Company and retired from Nelson Machine and Welding after 21 years. Claude was a member of St. Philip Parish for over 50 years where he volunteered many years of service. He belonged to the Green Bay Mens Club, Amvets and the American Legion, which to all he was very proud. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and Uncle. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the birds and squirrels. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Suzanne, Green Bay; three children, Nicholas Finnell, Crivitz; Ann (Bruce) Glinski, Green Bay; Kathy (Andy) Krause, Clintonville; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Jeremy) VandenHeuvel, Stephanie (Jeffery) Finnell-Geigor, Phillip (Cathy) Glinski, Sean Glinski, Allison Finnell, Tricia Glinski and Emily Krause. He has four great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Payton, Samantha Johnsen and Hailey Glinski. He is also survived by four siblings, Gerald (Judy) Finnel, De Pere; David (Joanie) Finnel, Tennesee; Gerianne (Kenneth) Whitney, Crandon; Patrick (Chris) Finnel, Denmark; sister-in-law, Kate VanBeek, Green Bay; many friends, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law Irving and Leona (Leidel) VanBeek; a brother, Nicholas Finnel; brothers-in-law, Orin, Vernon and Alvin VanBeek.
Friends may call at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 312 Victoria St. from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Ralph Merkatoris officiating. Entombment in the Allouez Catholic Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established with the Wildlife Sanctuary and Alheimers Charities.
A special thank you to Sr. Helen Keyzer and Unity Hospice for all the special care you have given to Claude.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2014