Retha Finnegan


Retha "Es" (Sherry) Finnegan, 64, of Defiance, passed away on September, 19, 2012, at her residence, with her family by her side.

She was born on March 23, 1948, to Rex and Betty (Bair) Sherry in Melrose, Ohio. She married Paul Finnegan on March 27, 1965, and he survives. Also surviving are her children, a son, William Finnegan of Napoleon, Ohio; daughter, Lisa (Harold) Andrews, of Defiance; grandchildren, Jessica Ratliff, Austin Finnegan, Kyle Ratliff, Megan Finnegan, all of Defiance; sister, Carol (Donald) Russell of Defiance; brothers, William (Linda) Sherry of Defiance, David (Paula) Sherry of Defiance, Daniel (Jennifer) Sherry of Castroville, Texas; and sister-in-law, Debra Sherry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jeffery Sherry; and sister, Jeanette Rollins.

Retha was a member of Bethel Christian Church of Arthur, Ohio. She had worked at Murphy's Mart; Kroger's, and at Meijer's. When Retha was not doting on her grandchildren, she was often found outdoors tending her vegetable and flower gardens, and collecting angels.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 21, 2012, from 2-8 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to the services at the church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Bethel Christian Church, 14988 CR 209, Oakwood, Ohio, with Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Cremation will follow.

Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Christian Church or American Kidney Foundation. Online condolences can be given at

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