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Britta Irene Finke Resident of Alamo Britta Irene Finke, 69, a 40-year Contra Costa County resident, died peacefully on Thursday August 5, 2010 at home. Britta was born to Alfred and Magda Jensen in Jutland, Denmark on July 20, 1941. As a young woman, she moved to Oxford, England, where she worked as an au pair and met her husband Col. Warren L. Finke. They made Alamo, California their home, had two children, and were married until his death in January 1996. In May of 1997, Britta met and fell in love with Paul Goldberg; they met at the theater. They have spent the last thirteen years together traveling every continent of the world and enjoying their family. Britta's gregarious charm and zest for life made an impression on everyone she encountered. Her infectious laugh, spiky silver hair, and red cowboy boots made her impossible to forget. Her love of fashion and art shined through in her work as a retail designer and especially in her home, which was always cozy and inviting. Britta is survived by her brothers Ernst, John, and Flemming Jensen; sister Marianne Jensen; son Lars Finke; daughter Heidi Finke-Schulte; grandson Zachary Schulte; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Fund. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Published in Contra Costa Times from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2010.
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September 21, 2010
My Dear Britta, From our first meeting at the Lutwack family reunion in Lake Tahoe, when we discovered how like-minded we were, I felt that we were soul sisters. I was always so sorry that we lived so far apart, but you were always in my heart and always will be.
I loved your strength, your energy, your honesty and sincerity. I will miss you and hope to catch up with you on another level one day.
Love and Peace, Peggy Pennington
Peggy Pennington
September 6, 2010
You took on life for all of us with your courageous wit and zeal. I'll miss our talks and your positive attitude ready when needed. I feel lucky to have known you. All my love to you Heidi. You are in our thoughts. Love Stuart
Stuart Burgess
September 5, 2010
Sorry you won't be right across the street, but glad you'll always be in my heart and memory. How lucky we were all to have you. Thank you. My love to your wonderful family.
Shona Shows
September 1, 2010
Beautiful Britta, you touched the hearts of everyone you ever met, leaving them better off than they were before. We will miss you terribly. Love and sympathy to your family.
Billie and Jerry Cronen
August 14, 2010
Heidi and Paul,
OUR DEEPEST SIMPATHY AND CODOLENSES.
"to my beautiful friend, I will miss you forever"
Love,
Maggie and Charles Kahmann
August 12, 2010
BRITTA YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEAUTIFUL SNOW QUEEN FROM THE NORTH. THE BLISTERY WINTERS OF DENMARK SHAPED YOUR BEING, YOUR SOUL WAS INDEPENDENT LIKE THE ARTIC WINDS, YOUR SMILE GLIMMERED LIKE THE DIAMOND ICE, YOUR WALK WAS THAT OF YOUR ANCIENT ANCESTORS WITH PRIDE AND CONFIDENCE, YOUR VOICE CARRIED THE STRENGTH OF SHIPS AT SEA.........YOU MY DEAR QUEEN OF THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE IN ME, MY SON, MY HUSBAND AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOUR DAUGHTER HEIDI, YOUR GRANDSON ZACHERY AND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE PAUL. WE ARE CLOSE BEHIND AND ARE WAITING FOR THE NEXT PATH THAT YOU WILL LEAD US ON. SLEEP WELL MY DARLING BRITTA AND AWAKE WITH A NEW BEGINNING.
LOVE ALWAYS, THE OTHER NORTIC QUEEN (TOO=SIN=TAUCH)
CAROL LUCEY
August 11, 2010
My heart is heavy at the news of Britta's death. My deepest sympathy to her beautiful family and to Paul. Britta and I loved to talk at Second Chance, The Danny Foundation Thrift store located in Alamo. She had such a gift of joy for everyone she met. Blessings to her family and loved ones.
Jack Walsh
August 11, 2010
We learned Britta to know through her parents living in Randers, Denmark. We were happy to be connected to a person who knew the value of life.
It is hard to understand and accept that she has died.
We will remember with gratitude her smile, her joy of life and her personality.

Martin, Johanne, Gudrun & Jørgen Hansen
Gudrun & Jørgen Hansen
August 10, 2010
We will never forget you Britta!!! We are love you very much.
kelly laursen-dziak
August 8, 2010
Dear Paul and all of Britta's family and loved ones.......thanks for our memories. Britta made all of us smile and shared her warm personality with everyone of us!! May you find comfort in knowing that we care.....
Love,
Kaiser Chemotherapy Nurses
August 8, 2010
Dear Britta family!

Please accept Inge and my participation in Britta demise. I was like 2 years old to Brittas confirmation in Randers but have otherwise not met Britta. However, we have after this family website created, exchanged many a cheerful e-mail and Britta was very interested in following the family history and life and helped along with sister Marianne with much valuable information. It was also Brittas plan to participate in previous family celebration, but the disease was to prevent this.

Cousin Karl Ove Jepsen, Logumkloster, Denmark
Karl Ove Jepsen
August 8, 2010
The most precious heritage of a person
is the path the love of this person leaves in your heart.

Ernst,Flemming,John
Marianne and Juergen
Marianne Jensen
August 8, 2010
The most precious heritage of a person is the path the love of this person leaves in our hearts.

Ernst, Flemming, John
Marianne and Jürgen
Marianne Jensen
August 7, 2010
I could not have made it through my teenage years without Britta and Warren. They made me feel important. Britta was one of the strongest women I have known. Paul - she was so lucky to have you in her life. She enjoyed all that you two did together. Heidi- I love you. You and Zachary were so important to your mother. She loved you so much. I will never make Easter bread without thinking of Britta. Go red cowboy boots! I love you all. Jennifer
Jennifer Beard
August 7, 2010
My mom and I met Britta at Kaiser WC a couple of years ago when both she and my mom were undergoing chemotherapy for the same disease. Both had chemo appointments in the same time slot many times, so we got to know Britta, and she left a lasting impression as a very attractive, engaging and intelligent woman, with an undeniable and original sense of style, which always incorporated those red cowboy boots. My mom passed away at age 77 last year in August, and I was sad to read about Britta today. Take care.
Mary Morris
August 7, 2010
Linda Greenman
August 7, 2010
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Linda Greenman
August 7, 2010
What to say? Britta was the best, an original, with the biggest, warmest heart. I think she may have been one of the most honest people I've ever known - why waste time? She was direct and to the point. My heart is filled with memories of her zest and genuine appreciation for life. She was a wonderful friend to my mother who recently died. "I don't have to see your mother again," she told me. "We talked and worked everything out a long time ago." Thank you Britta, thank you Paul. I salute you both.
Joel
August 7, 2010
for love and peace on your journey, dear Britta ... and for love and strength to Paul and all your family and friends.
jewel murphy
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