Joseph Andrew Finch

May 5, 1939September 1, 2013

Joseph Andrew Finch, 74, a retired Army major and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, died of cancer on September 1 at Fairfax Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1939, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1965. Over the course of his distinguished career, he received numerous medals including the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal. Major Finch served two tours in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division and was also stationed in Germany, Norway and Army posts in the United States.

Major Finch retired from the Army in 1977 and started a twenty year career with United Services Life Insurance Company in Arlington, VA. Major Finch was an active member of the Springfield community. He attended St. Bernadette’s Church and was energetically involved at the American Legion Post 176 for over 24 years, where he was the Chair of the Post’s blood drives and other community activities. In 2009 he received the Legionnaire-of-the-Year award for his meritorious service.

Major Finch, known as “Opa” to many, enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, and doing yard work. He was always quick to lend a smile and a helping hand. He was loved and respected by many and will be sorely missed by those who knew him. Major Finch is survived by his wife, Sieglinde of 54 years, his daughters Maureen (Jim) Gibson and Susan (Robbie) Finch, his granddaughters Christene (Jay) Benfield and Alexis Norton, his brothers Herbert and Raymond Finch, and his great-grandson William Joseph. He was preceded in death by his daughter Silvia Rivas and brother William Finch.

The viewing is scheduled on Friday, September 6 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Springfield, VA on Saturday, September 7 at 1pm. Major Finch will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to the American Red Cross.



  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • and Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 7, 2013


  • Interment with Full Military Honors

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Lisa Lojo

October 23, 2013

Although we did not see each other often, I carried you in my heart my God Father. Rest in peace. Lisa Hewson-Lojo

Jen Guernsey

October 10, 2013

I knew Joe solely from my regular visits to the blood drives at the American Legion. He was always so warm and welcoming and cheery, and I will miss his smiling presence and positive energy.

Sheri Masek

September 30, 2013

The October 15 Blood Drive at American Legion Post 176 will be in your memory Joe. We all miss you so much. Sheri Masek

Donald Files

September 24, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person.

Linda Skutnik

September 20, 2013

Joe will be missed by so many people. By reading these entries he was a very popular man. I only knew him through the blood donations every other month but I immediately felt that he was a warm and caring person each time I met him.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies and know I pray that his family and friends' pain will be lessened by the happy memories they have of his time with them.

Patrick McCreary

September 16, 2013

To all of the family of Joe Finch,

It took me awhile to write this because I did not know what to say in so many words how kind, caring, loving man he was and how a true friend he was. I miss when he would call my house looking for my Mom, but would make a point to talk to me asking how I am doing out of concern. I will truly miss that and the time when me, Joe, Elaine, and my Dad all went on a fishing trip. I miss all of that. Joe, you are a gentleman and true friend and am glad to be your friend. Rest in peace and until we meet again... Say hello to my Dad and Probst my friend.

Val S

September 14, 2013

I remember the very first cardboard boat regatta that Teeny and Trish were in. We were building the boat at my house and we had a cook-out during construction. Joe came over for the cook-out and decided to take a look at the boat that we were building and proceeded to peel apart the cardboard layers. I couldn't believe he was destroying our boat, but it was a good thing he did. He asked me what I was using for adhesive and I told him "caulking, isn't that what everyone uses." Joe just looked at me with that patient smile on his face and told me, "Val, caulking isn't an adhesive, you need to use liquid nails, use the caulking to seal the edges of the cardboard." That was the best advise ever. While the girls didn't win the race or finish for that matter(spent all our time on construction and none on instruction), they didn't sink either. Thanks Opa, you always had the best advise!! We're really going to miss you.

Alexis Norton

September 10, 2013


It's been 9 long days since you left this world to join a new one and I know your in a better place & no longer in pain but I just miss you so much not sure how I'm going to make it without you ):

Just wanted to stop by and say I miss you so much & love u with all my heart.

Ali <3

Laura Meador

September 10, 2013

My dear friend, Maureen, introduced me to her parents about 20 years ago.
Mr. Finch was beloved and adored by his family and everyone who met him. His warm, contagious smile was so welcoming. It was an honor to know him, he was a beautiful person.

John Duffy

September 9, 2013

With sincere condolences to the Finch Family. Joe will be in our thoughts and prayer's.