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Elaine Louise (Scheck) Fink

August 25, 1933August 1, 2019

Elaine Louise Fink, (85), passed into her eternal reward on August 1st, 2019. She was born August 25th,1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Erwin Herman Johann and Katherine (Weiher) Scheck. Elaine grew up on the Southside of Chicago and graduated from Elk Rapids Rural Agricultural High School in 1951. It was in Elk Rapids and Torch Lake that she met her future husband, Frederick Thornton Fink (d. 2013). They were married for fifty-nine years.

Elaine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Michigan State University in 1967. Upon graduating, Elaine worked in a variety of capacities at MSU, including in the Chemistry Lab and The College of Veterinary Medicine. Of her many gifts, talents, and hobbies, her greatest passion was for raising and caring for livestock, including horses, sheep, and especially goats. She was a member of both the American and Michigan Dairy Associations, and maintained a nationally recognized herd of American Saanens.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, unnamed Baby Boy Fink, her brother Al, and her grandson, Spencer. She is survived by her two sons, Russ (Sandy) Fink of Naperville, Illinois, and Eric (Nancy) Fink of East Lansing; her grandchildren, Trevor (Maddie) Fink, Katelyn, Sarah (Mike) Kuebler, Brian (Sarah) Fink, and Kevin (Kailey) Fink; and her great-grandchildren: Maximilian, Macy, Miles, Edith, Gabriel, Thomas, Kolbe and Kinslee.

Elaine was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, where she was a long-time member of the altar society; she also enjoyed attending Bible Studies and prayer groups. A memorial service will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2780 Haslett Rd., East Lansing MI, 48823, at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 7th. The family will greet friends and relatives at a reception in the Church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made either to Ascension Lutheran Church or the Michigan 4-H. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at greastlansing.com


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Elaine Louise (Scheck) Fink

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Jim and Marge Wicks

August 6, 2019


Ernie Phillips

August 5, 2019


Please accept my sincerest sympathies at the passing of your mother.

I’m sure you were blessed, as many us were, with a wonderful person as a mother, that we will never fail to appreciate.

Ernie Phillips

Ruth Fink

August 3, 2019

It is with great sadness and profound sorrow that we mourn the passing of our beloved sister-in-law, Elaine L. Fink, on Thursday, August 1, 2019. Elaine was the “true farmer” in her family, and she would rather be outside in her prolific vegetable gardens or caring for her prized goats in the barns than anyplace else on earth. She possessed more factual information about goats than anyone we knew, and she shared it with enthusiasm and true expertise!

Elaine was renowned for her hand-made goat cheeses. Her skill in this ancient craft would have put any French “fromagerie” to shame! Any visitor stopping by would be treated to a platter of several kinds of goat cheese accompanied by just the right cracker to bring out the flavor of the cheese.

The proverbial “earth mother,” Elaine had great respect for the earth, the environment, alternative energy, organic foods, climate change, and sustainable living. A voracious reader, she had an ethereal and admirable understanding of politics and how her fellow man is affected by the divisive tactics of 2019. Elaine was distraught by the lack of civility, humility, kindness and caring for kindred human beings which seems to permeate our culture today.

How Elaine loved her new “granny house” next to the farm! Her bedroom window faced the goat barn and yards for a reason, and her living room windows looked out to the vast expanse of farmland beyond.

It was both timely and fortuitous that we were able to spend a couple days in June with Elaine, Eric and Nancy, and grandchildren Brian and (Austin) Sarah, Sarah and Mike, and their respective young children in Michigan. These beautiful children (Elaine’s great-grands) were so active, running around in gleeful and cooperative play together. Elaine glowed with pride, and these precious memories will remain with us forever.

Rest in peace Elaine, and may God comfort your family.

Ruth and Bob Fink
Boulder, Colorado

Jan Kelley

August 2, 2019

Elaine salt of the earth, wonderful long time friend, goat buddy, Have some of my best memories with Elaine walking with Chuckles and his friends in the woods.

Rosalyn Culver

August 1, 2019

Our condolences to Elaine's family. We remember Elaine giving us a tour of her gardens and extensive animal areas 12 or 13 years ago. The goats were the highlights! She also visited our Torch Lake cottage 12 or so years ago and was thrilled to go swimming in the lake. It held many happy memories for her. She provided an amazing ox-tail soup lunch for our family before my sister's retirement party from MSU in the early 2000s. Finally, her rapid recovery from her two hip replacements provided inspiration to another family member dreading his own surgery. (Remember the video of her dancing just days after her surgeries!) Although these are small and scattered memories, they emphasize what a caring and inspiritional lady she was. We were privileged to know her. Rosalyn and Ted Culver