Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office of the passing of Sr. Janet Finley, O.S.F., 89 years old, on December 4, 2023. Sister Finley served as principal of St. Paul Catholic School, St. Petersburg, from 1978 to 1990.
Sister Finley was received into the Congregation on August 15, 1956 and professed her final vows on August 16, 1963. Committed to Franciscan charism, Sister lived for 68 years as a devoted member of the Allegany Franciscan Sisters sharing her life in community and ministry.
Many years of Sister Janet’s ministry were spent educating students in Congregational Schools in Florida and Georgia. She served as Principal in Lakeland, St. Petersburg and Lake Worth, FL; and was Superior at St. Joseph’s Convent, Lakeland, FL. Following her career in education, she was a Pastoral Assistant at St. Luke’s Parish in Lake Worth, FL.
Sr. Janet retired in 2013 and resided at St. Elizabeth Convent, Tampa, until 2020 when she was warmly welcomed home to St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, NY.
She is predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Eleanor Brubaker Finley, sister; Sharon Finley Kush and cousins: Sr. Teresa Reinken, a Daughter of Charity and Sr. Suzanne, a Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Sr. Janet is survived by a sister, Joyce Finley Ostendorf and brother, Edward Finley and several nieces and grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services took place on December 8th and Mass of Christian Burial on December 9th at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, NY, with Burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Complete obituary at this link.
Please keep Sister Finley family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
by the mercy of God, rest in peace!