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  • Joseph F. Finkst, Sr.

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  • LITTLE FALLS — Mr. Joseph F. Finkst, Sr., age 83, a longtime resident of Little Falls, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
    He was born on April 15, 1931, in Hartwick, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Zupevic) Finkst. He received his education in Little Falls schools. He joined in marriage with Louise Foley on June 27, 1959, at St. Mary’s Church in Little Falls. The couple had shared in a blessed union of over 41 years of marriage together. Mrs. Finkst passed away on Oct. 16, 2000. Joe was a member of Holy Family Parish in Little Falls. He was last employed with Utica Corporation in Whitesboro as a machinist.
    Joe served our country with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He enlisted in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1955. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend. He devoted himself to his family. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, bowling and gardening. Joe was an accomplished wood worker and also was an avid card player. His love of sports was especially evident toward the Boston Red Sox, a team he was very passionate about! He was a proud member of the 1948 Little Falls football team, the last team that we know of to have been undefeated.
    He is survived by and will be sadly missed by his family: children, Gary Finkst and wife, Debbie, of Ipswich, Massachusettes, Linda Griffin and husband, Jack, of Troy, Donna Finkst and Don Davison of Toms River, New Jersey, Susan McGraw and husband, Tom, of Little Falls, and Joseph Finkst, Jr. and wife, Susan, of Little Falls; grandchildren, Allison and Eric Griffin, Ryan and Jason Finkst, Christopher, Evan and Olivia McGraw and Jacob Finkst; and his brother-in-law, Matthew Foley of Little Falls. Several cousins also survive as well as his aunt, Frances Wayman, and nephews, Dan and Phil DeGouff.
    Mr. Finkst was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Louise; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Fran DeGouff; a sister-in-law, Marge Foley; and a nephew, Don DeGouff.
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 9 a.m. from the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, where prayer will be offered, and at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish Church, corner of East Main and John streets, Little Falls, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Terence Healy. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on West Monroe Street on Friday, May 23, from 5 until 8 p.m.
    Those wishing to remember Joe in a special way are asked to consider a donation in his memory to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
    Page 2 of 2 - The family wishes to extend a thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Samaritan Hospital and the Community Hospice for the care they gave Joe during his time there.
    His family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, Harry and Kevin Enea, funeral directors, 823-2424.
    Anyone wishing to share a memory of Joe, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.eneafamily.com.
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