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Jean Finkenbinder

Jean I. Wetzel Finkenbinder, 88, of Carlisle, PA passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in her home. Born February 2, 1929 in Carlisle Springs, PA to the late David C. and Aletha Karns Wetzel; she was the widow of Ralph W. Finkenbinder who passed away August 12, 2012 after 64 years of marriage.

As a busy farmer’s wife and mother of three children,  Jean  maintained an impeccable vegetable garden and flower beds, and enjoyed feeding the birds and painting. During her working career, she was employed at the Carlisle County Club, worked as a seamstress for the Dickinson College Athletic Department for 13 years and retired from the Holly Inn, as banquet manager. Joyce attended the Otterbein United Methodist Church and was a member of the Keystone Snow Goers.

She is survived by her son, Dennis W. Finkenbinder of Boiling Springs; two daughters, Cindy and William Grove of Boiling Springs and Brenda and Wayne Durnin of Liberty Lake, Washington; and her grandson, Jason R. (Amanda) Grove of Gardners. Also surviving are five siblings; Glenn Wetzel of Plainfield, Dorothy Lamason, Margorie Haus, Robert Wetzel and Kenneth Wetzel, all of Carlisle and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Marlin Wetzel.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 12 Noon in the Letort Cemetery, 1173 Claremont Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013 with Rev. Daniel L. Dennis officiating. Following the graveside service, family and friends are invited to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 647 Forge Rd., Carlisle, PA 17015 for a luncheon and time of fellowship. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yellow Breeches EMS, 233 Mill St., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065 or the United Methodist Home for Children, 5120 Simpson Ferry Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Online condolences may be made to www.hollingerfuneralhome.com

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Dear Family Members - I first met various members of your family a number of years back. This great opportunity was the result of having worked as a volunteer with the football program in the Dickinson College Athletic Department, where Cindy served as the Senior Administrative Assistant.   Over the ensuing years, it was Cindy who made my volunteer efforts a success and the spillover effect resulted in a genuine friendship. It was from that friendship I was honored to have met and engaged with both her mother and late father, as well as other family members.   I have many fond memories of conversations with Jean and her insightfulness into the true meaning of past memory lane experiences she would relate.  I learned early on that Jean was truly one of a kind.   She was friendly, outgoing, helpful and giving to others at all times.   She had a warm engaging smile and a bit of a devilish laugh to go with it.   I sense that the standard she set for being an individual who knew the benefit of hard work and its rewards through out life, would be lost on a majority of today's youth, yet she would not hesitate to open her heart to those in need, who may have been looking for words of encouragement. I'm sadden that the remaining family members have lost the dearest loved one in their lives, but I find comfort and hope that they do also in knowing that when her Maker called she was not only ready to go, but did not suffer.   For me, that in and of itself is a blessing to be thankful for at all times. I will miss the chats we had over the years.  One cherished remembrance  that I will never forget in the days to come relates to the Thanksgiving Holiday Season.   Jean is the only other woman I know, along with my own Mother, who baked a delicious "mince meat pie."  Hard to beat and wonderful to recall. Blessings to the family members who remain behind and with best regards.

Robert Jul 10 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Brenda and family, So sorry to read about the passing of your mother. We're at the age where losing a parent is something we know is coming but that doesn't make it any easier. May you find peace and comfort during the days ahead. God be with you all. Carol and Denny Lehman

Carol Keefer Lehman Jul 8 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Brenda, Cindy & Denny, Heaven just got better... So sorry to hear this sad news...but your mom is again with Ralph and forever in eternal peace. Rest assured your tears will turn to smiles and replaced by happy memories. Best wishes, Rick

RICHARD SPIETH Jul 7 2017 12:00 AM