Jean Finelli

May 12, 1923May 5, 2018

Jean C. Finelli, 95 Waterville, Maine - Jean C. Finelli passed away peacefully Saturday, May 5, 2018, just shy of her 95th birthday. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 12, 1923. She graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School with honors, which included awards for her fine artwork. She continued her education, graduating from Hunter College and went on to work as a draftsman during the forties. In 1944 Jean married Al Finelli (d.2006) and had two children. Soon after they moved to Long Island, where Jean continued her education at Hofstra College earning her Master’s in Art Education. She had a successful career as an art educator at Eastplain Elementary School in her home town of Plainedge. Jean’s gentle spirit, talents and creativity served her community well. Upon retiring, Jean and Al moved to Florida, where she continued to develop as an artist well into her 70’s, winning blue ribbons at local art shows. Jean was a generous and kind individual who loved crafting and offered her talents to various social events at her golf club and condo. In her spare time, Jean challenged herself by becoming an accomplished golfer. Jean is survived by her loving children: Robert Finelli (son) and his wife Silvia, and Susan Gerdes (daughter) and her husband Jack. Her life was enriched by her adoring grandchildren: Timothy, Abigail, Hadassah, Obed, Ellisheva and Jahn. Jean was also blessed with 10 beautiful great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at Libby Hill Cemetery in Albion, ME at 1:00 pm. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family. If anyone wishes, they may make a donation in Jean’s memory to either, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital online at or The Ripple Effect Project, PO Box 1956 Waterville, ME 04901


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Jean Finelli

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Steven Biercuk

May 14, 2018

Mrs. Finelli. How I remember You! I was a student at Eastplain elementary School in the late 50's. Mrs Finelli was my art teacher. To tell the truth, I really don't recall the art lessons themselves. But I DO remember Mrs. Finelli. She was just NICE. I remember her smile and gentle demeanor.
When I turned 12, I started a Newsday paper route. The first thing I had to do was transfer the names and addresses of my customers into my little green collection book. I saw the last name and wondered if this was my art teacher. Couldn't be, I thought. Teachers were from somewhere else, not your own neighborhood. To my delight, it WAS my teacher. I remember her house on the rolling corner of Amherst Dr. Nice lawn.She always gave me 25 cent tip for a30 cent paper. Always chatted a minute. She was NICE!