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Patrick J. "Pat" Finnane

October 18, 1935 - July 23, 2023
Evansville, WI



Saturday, July 29, 2023
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
St. Paul Catholic Church
39 Garfield Avenue
Evansville, WI 53536


Saturday, July 29, 2023
12:00 PM CDT
Live Stream
St. Paul Catholic Church
39 Garfield Avenue
Evansville, WI 53536

Life Story / Obituary


Patrick John Finnane, age 87, was called to be with the heavenly father on Sunday, July 23, 2023.

He was born October 18, 1935, in Evansville, WI, to Daniel and Susan (Nee: Crahan) Finnane who preceded him in death. Patrick was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Jeanette, stepdaughter, Debra Olsen, brothers, James and Daniel Finnane.

Pat is survived by his stepchildren, Dave Olsen, Steve (Debra) Blum, Janet (Rick) Chicoine, and Joan (Mike) Sasse. He was the best grandpa to Angie Olsen, Tommy Olsen, Kathryn Bass, Emily Blum, Zack Chicoine, Amanda Brennes, Allie Chicoine, Blake Chicoine, Danielle Goodall, Melissa Sasse, and Maggie Sasse as well as his nine great grandchildren, Jaycie, Lydia, Emma, T.J., and Livy Olsen, Mackey Bass, Naia nd Nellie Brennes, and Xander Goodall. Patrick is also survived by his dear brother, Michael “Mickey” Finnane of Glen Ellyn, IL. There was a very special place in Pat’s heart for each and every Finnane niece and nephew. He lovingly had nicknames for them and in turn they happily referred to their favorite uncle as “Pat the Rat”.

Pat graduated from Evansville High School in 1953. He was a very gifted athlete and played all school sports. He went on to play baseball at UW Madison and graduated a proud Badger in 1957. Over the course of the next 4 summers Pat studied and received his master’s degree. Twenty-seven of Pat’s thirty years in education were dedicated to North Barrington Elementary School in Barrington, IL According to the school principal, Pat was often referred to in the district as the “last of the great gentleman coaches.”

Pat happily took on a new role as stepfather and grandfather when he married Jeanette Blum in 1992. They spent many happy and adventurous years together until her death in 2022. They loved the game of golf. Besides playing countless rounds at the Evansville Country Club, they were fortunate to play at many spectacular courses across the U.S. and even enjoyed a few rounds in beautiful Ireland. Together Pat and Jeanette enthusiastically cheered on all sports. A few of their favorite teams were the Evansville Blue Devils, Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Brewers to name a few. Pat and his mother, Sue had a special bond over their shared love of the Chicago Cubs. Pat will be dearly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 29, 2023, 12 pm noon, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 39 Garfield Ave, with Rev. David Wanish officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Croak Settlement Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet prior to the Mass 11am – 12 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Deb Olsen Scholarship Fund have been suggested.

The service will be live streamed and may be viewed at https://https://www.facebook.com/meredithfuneralhome/

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at The Heights at Evansville Manor and the staff at Sienna Crest Memory Care at Fort Atkinson for their loving and compassionate care.

Patrick was very blessed to have so many amazing people supporting and loving him after the death of his wife, Jeanette. Much love and appreciation go out to Susie Luers, Johnny Petterson and Tim Meredith.