Joyce Finan, 86, died peacefully on Feb. 19, 2021. Born on Oct. 22, 1934, she became a widow at age 43, left to raise four young sons and did so with strong determination, purpose, resilience and love, but also with fun and laughter. She was determined that each son have the opportunity for a great life and she successfully achieved her goal. Through her generous spirit and countless acts of thoughtfulness, she left an endearing legacy to all those whose lives she touched. She loved to laugh, have fun and make others laugh. And nothing gave her more pleasure than giving someone the perfect gift. She put others first and tried to make them feel better about themselves. She enriched lives simply by the way she lived hers. We are all blessed to have known and been loved by her.
Through her caring nature and infectious laugh, she developed many strong and lasting friendships, especially those in her beloved HOC Club group. She was active in the St. Giles Parish and very welcoming to all her friends and the friends of her sons at her home on Linden Avenue in Oak Park.
Her family takes great joy in knowing she will be reunited, after 42 long years, with her deceased husband John, her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life.
Joyce Finan was preceded in death by her three siblings: Jim O’Connell, Eileen Evon and Ruth Finneran. She is survived by her four devoted sons and their spouses, Marty and Sheila, Matt and Jill, Tom and Rocio, John and Susie; and her grandchildren, Sarah, Jack, Mark, Jimmy, JP, Maggie, Matthew, Ana, Cristina, Lara, Theresa, Leo and Katie. She was each one’s biggest fan. She was a fun and caring aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
Due to the COVID pandemic, all services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joyce’s memory to either Fenwick High School, https://www.fenwickfriars.com/institutional-advancement/make-a-gift/ (please indicate in memory of Joyce Finan in the comments section); St. Giles School Tuition Assistance Fund, www.stgilesschool/org/support; or Mulliganeer’s “Giving Kids a Second Chance,” www.mulliganeers.org.