Green Ridge- Kathrine Kay (Hansen) Finke, 80, died peacefully December 9th at Bothwell Hospital after a long fight with COVID-19. She was born May 5, 1940, in Pettis County (north of LaMonte) to Thomas and Cora (Vaughn) Hansen. On May 22, 1960, she married Harold Finke. Harold is saddened by the loss, joyous at her new home in heaven, and comforted by their many friends and family here in Green Ridge and around the world.
Kathrine’s life work was caring for those around her through her faith, her cooking, and her sense of adventure; starting with her husband and children and extending to any in need.
She loved to cook, learning from her mother, Cora, and her grandmother Vaughn, adding to their classics through decades of trying new recipes. Leaving her house hungry was your own fault.
She loved her church family, both at Green Ridge Baptist and the many other fellowships throughout the community where her friends attend. Kathrine’s faith was integral to her life and to her ability to comfort those around her. She could often be found in a favorite rocking chair or at the table reading her Bible, studying and praying. Her faith also ensured she was physically there for others, often over a shared cup of coffee, a dessert and a measured ability to listen deeply.
She loved adventure, whether simply spending time around her home, gardening and push-mowing her yard or through her extensive travels. She enjoyed camping with family and friends while cooking on an open fire. Always a traveler, she enjoyed long drives across the country to see new places and connect with her children’s families and the many friends she shared throughout the nation.
Kathrine is also survived by the families of her brother Melvin Hansen and Pen Haley of Sedalia; her sister Gaye and Jim Sternberg, Las Vegas, NV; her children’s families: Crystal and Lindy Apon of Knoxville, TN; Keith and Lori Finke of United Arab Emirates; Kyle and Heather Finke of Baton Rouge, LA, as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Jody Allan (1963) and Arthur Todd (1984).
Memorial service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 1, 2021 at Heckart Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. until service time.
Burial will be in LaMonte Cemetery at a later date.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Show-Me Christian Youth Home in care of Heckart Funeral Home.