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Lynn A. Rainsford Finegan, age 58, of Lawrence Park, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 following a two year battle with A.L.S. She was born in Erie on January 4, 1955, daughter of the late John and Joan Jiuliante Rainsford.
Lynn was a graduate of Madison High School in Madison, Ohio and Gannon University with an A.S. in Radiologic Science. She began her career as a radiologic technologist at Hamot Hospital where she worked for three years. She then accepted a position at Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc., where she worked for the next 32 years. Lynn always handled her responsibilities with care, attention to detail and a wonderful sense of humor. Her coworkers and patients valued her presence and positive energy.
Lynn was a member of St. James R.C. Church and a former member of St. Mark the Evangelist R.C. Church. She was a loving and devoted mother, wife, sister, aunt and cousin; family held the greatest value for her. She was loved by all. When not focused on family, Lynn cultivated her relationships with her friends. She kept connected with others through lively conversations, phone calls, texting or by sending a greeting card on special, and/or not so special occasions. Lynn was an avid reader of the newspaper, magazines and books, and was known for her baking, especially her Christmas cookies, fudge and orange cookies.
Lynn is lovingly survived by her husband, James Finegan, whom she married on June 1, 1985; her daughter, Hannah Finegan; two brothers, John Rainsford (Winifred) of Galax, Va. and Mark Rainsford (Suzy) of Charlotte, N.C.; her aunt, Joyce Carponter; her uncle, Judge Jess Jiuliante (retired); many nieces and nephews; and loving friends who were like her sisters, especially the Club Girls. She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Debbie Farr Finegan.
Lynn's family would like to give special thanks to the doctors and co-workers of Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc., whose unrivaled love and support, in the form of weekly dinners, cards and texts, helped to sustain Lynn and her family over the past two years; Community Resources for Independence and the Personal Care Attendants, Alice and Virginia, the care and support you gave brightened the day and lightened the load; Hospice of Metropolitan Erie, Karen, nurse Sue and the staff, who brought light to the darkness and provided the support needed to make it through each day.
Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. James R.C. Church. Interment, Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Resources for Independence, 3410 West 12th St., Erie, PA 16505, Hospice of Metropolitan Erie, 202 East 10th St., Erie, PA 16503, or St. James School Scholarship Fund, 2602 Buffalo Rd., Erie, PA 16510. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com
Published in the Erie Times-News on July 25, 2013