Ilana C. Finkelstein
St. Paul, MN - Ilana died suddenly on January 9, 2021, at the all-too-young age of 33, from a pulmonary embolism. She is survived by parents Jacob and Gail Finkelstein and brother David Finkelstein, aunts and uncles Evi and Craig Thomas, Joseph and Sara Finkelstein, Gary and Gail Illman, and her many cousins. She was loved and supported by her Rochester extended family.
Ilana was a graduate of Brighton High School, and attended RIT's School for American Crafts. She focused on her art, and was active in the summer craft fair circuit in the Rochester/Buffalo area. Recently she had been living in St. Paul, MN, where she had an art studio in Creator's Space.
Ilana was a true artist, with an artist's soul, eye and talent. She was known for her paintings, drawing, and sculpting, and had an enthusiastic following for each. Her first love was jewelry design, which she sold through her small business Needy Ego Designs. She saw the world through an artist's eye, aware of the intrinsic beauty of things. She used her art to touch people and trigger an emotional response in all who experienced it. She cared deeply about the environment, animals, and the struggles people encounter in their lives. In her own way, she tried to make the world a better place.
Ilana had many challenges in her time with us. She faced them all with strength and determination. We greatly admire that she never gave up, worked very hard, and beat back every challenge, no matter how hard the circumstance. Many people cared deeply about her. We cherish the time we had with her.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services and interment will be held privately.
To live stream Ilana's funeral service, please visit www.tberochester.org
on THURSDAY January 14th at 11 AM.
The family will sit Shiva via Zoom on THURSDAY at 7 PM. Please visit www.BrightonMC.com
for the link.
Donations may be made to the Temple Beth El Ilana Finkelstein Art Fund in Ilana's memory.
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