Victoria Sutrina, 61, artist, Brookfield Zoo docent

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Victoria A. Sutrina (nee Finley), 61, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died at home on Dec. 8, 2011. Born in Oak Park on July 11, 1950 to Edmund and Cora Lee Finley, she grew up in River Grove and was a graduate of River Grove Elementary and East Leyden High School. She painted portraits for monuments at J.A. Dedouch Company of Oak Park from 1968-1971.

A resident of Oak Park from 1971 to the present, Ms. Sutrina started the first Thatcher Woods Area Council Cub Scout pack for special education children. For 17 years she and her family spent summers hosting children from Northern Ireland, and she served as the fundraising chair of the Northern Ireland Youth Program.

She was a Te Kwon Do blue belt, an avid swimmer and downhill skier, and loved singing, gardening, cooking, animals and crafting. A Brookfield Zoo volunteer and docent for the past 15 years, she was an active member of the Unique Bouquet of the Oak Park's Women's Exchange, specializing in painted animals on rocks.

Victoria Sutrina is survived by Don, her husband of 42 years; her son, Jim, both of Oak Park; her parents, Edmund and Cora Lee Finley of River Grove; and her brother, Ed (Maryann) Finley.

A celebration of Victoria's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1213 W. Army Trail Blvd., Addison 60101. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road Brookfield, IL 60513 are appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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