Marian G. Finkle, 88, of Gloversville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Daughters of Sarah Senior Community in Albany, following a long illness.
Born in New Haven, Conn. on April 22, 1925, she was the daughter of the late David and Sylvia (Golubuff) Gollender.
She attended Hill House High School in New Haven, where she graduated as salutatorian of her class, as well as Bryant College in Providence, R.I.
Mrs. Finkle was married to Leon Finkle on October 19, 1946, and the two were married for 52 years until Leon's passing on May 30, 2002.
In addition to raising her four children, Mrs. Finkle was also an active member of the women's chapter of the National Association of Tobacco Distributors, and was named that organization's Woman of the Year in 1973. She was also honored by the Jewish Federation with the Lion of Judah award for her service and philanthropy.
Locally, Mrs. Finkle was the first woman to be president of Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Gloversville, was an active member of the local Hadassah chapter, and served as president of the Boulevard Elementary School PTA.
She is survived by two sons, Mark (Deb) Finkle of Gloversville and Dan Finkle of Niskayuna; two daughters, Jane (John) Finkle-Michel of Philadelphia, Pa. and Amy (Judry) Subar of Potomac, Md.; nine grandchildren, Corey (Jill) Finkle, Seth Finkle, Zachary Subar, Micah Subar, Jacob Finkle, Ayal Subar, Samara Finkle, Cory (Jennie) Dalmata and Joli Dalmata; and three great-grandchildren, Leon "Leo" Finkle, Cashton Dalmata, and Hadley Dalmata.
There will be a funeral service held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Knesseth Israel Synagogue, 34 East Fulton Street, Gloversville, with Rabbi Rose Durbin officiating. Interment will take place at Knesseth Israel Cemetery, Clyde Street, Gloversville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York Chapter, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.
Arrangements are with Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Please visit the family's online memorial and guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.