Ronette Joy Finnegan, age 70, of Minneota, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, under hospice care at her cabin on Lake Cochrane.
She was born Jan. 12, 1945, in Cokato, to Clinton and Iona (Hanson) Johnson. Ronette was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, attended Cokato Elementary School, and graduated from Cokato High School.
After graduation, Ronette attended St. Cloud State University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in history and secondary education.
She moved to Minneota, where she began teaching at the Minneota Public High School, and also met her future husband, Ed.
Ronette was united in marriage to Ed Finnegan Oct. 26, 1968, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota.
They made their home in Minneota, where they raised their children. Ronette later worked with Ed at Finnegan’s Super Valu in Minneota.
Ronette loved quilting, playing cards, board games, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her grandchildren and family. She devoted her life to spending time with their son, Nick.
She is survived by her husband, Ed Finnegan of Minneota; her mother, Iona Johnson of Cokato; three children, Anjanette (Christopher Alme) Finnegan of St. Paul, Anthony (Karin) Finnegan of Plymouth, and Nicholas Finnegan of Marshall; four grandchildren, Aidan and Liam Alme, and Brendan and Kieran Finnegan; two brothers, Robert Stevens, and Dennis Johnson; two sisters, Diane Dodge, and Beatrice Jones; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ronette was preceded in death by her father, Clinton Johnson; and brother-in-law, Dale Dodge.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota, with Fr. Craig Timmerman officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota, and continuing Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to the services.
The Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota handled the arrangements.