Dennis Michael Finnigan Sr.
1928 - 2020
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Dennis Michael Finnigan Sr.
Aug. 10, 1928 - Dec. 28, 2020
Resident of Lake Oswego, Oregon
Dennis passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the age of 92 after a short illness and stroke.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Barbara Pfeiffer Finnigan and his nine children and their spouses: Cecilia Finnigan (Patrick), Eileen Blair (Martin); Dennis Jr. (Debra); Kathleen Frydenlund (Bruce); Peggy Dudenhoeffer (Jack); Teresa Finnigan (Guy); Timothy (Jennifer); Kevin (Kari); Marie Miyaishi (Tomoaki); 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Robert and Paul; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Due to the pandemic, no funeral services are planned at this time. Memorial services and a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, CA.
In lieu of flowers, tribute gifts in Dennis' name can be made to support the Resident Fund at Mary's Woods, 17400 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. You may also give securely online at
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Jan. 10 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
I am a friend of Teresa's and know how close to her father she was and how much she loved him. I wish I had met him. Sending my deepest sympathy to the family on this loss.
Mary Prince
January 10, 2021
Papa enjoyed every moment with family, and with such a large family, there were always birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and celebrations to share. Papa would share stories from his travels or give advice to anyone interested in listening. He offered a wealth of first hand accounts. As a young girl, my first memories include typing away on his Apple computer or playing Brickles for what seemed like hours on end. I loved sitting next to him while he enjoyed a “Perfect Manhattan” and listening to his stories. For Thanksgiving we always made Papa’s stuffing recipe and he’d let me stir the gravy to get out all of the flour lumps. For Christmas, we’d head to my grandparents’ home to enjoy a festive gathering of siblings, spouses, and grandkids, and I loved to play on their grand piano. He had these two first class airplane seats that he’d gotten, from who knows where, that were perfect for airplane pretend play and watching movies on the big screen tv. These were the first first-class airline seats that I ever sat in. I’m fortunate to have had so many years to grow and learn from you, Papa. I know I’ll always be your “hunny bunch” and I’m so grateful that my son got to meet you, his Great Grand Papa. We love and miss you, and will carry on your name and legacy.
Love, Sarah Finnigan and Brendan Dennis Finnigan
Sarah Finnigan
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