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Naomi J. Wikel Finlaw
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Birth: Jun. 11, 1916
Death: Mar. 1, 2008


Naomi J. Finlaw, age 91, a former Pennsville, N.J., resident, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 1, 2008. She had lived at Southgate Healthcare Center for the last year.

Born Naomi Josephine Wikel in Chesapeake, Ohio, in 1916 to Mabel and Thomas O. Wikel, Naomi had been employed as a telephone switchboard operator during the 1940s. She met her husband, the late Jesse J. Finlaw, when he traveled from Salem, N.J., to visit his maternal grandparents who lived in Chesapeake. She lived along the banks of the Ohio River before moving to Salem after her marriage in 1947. Naomi was a Pennsville resident for 56 years and a homemaker.

Naomi is survived by her daughter, Jean F. Eller, and son-in-law, Robert (Butch) Eller, of Pennsville, N.J., her daughter, Kay Finlaw Creel, and son-in law, Maynard P. Creel, of South Riding, Va., her grandson, Ryan T Eller, of Pennsville, N.J. and dear family friend, Christine Ewen, of Alloway, N.J., her brother, Dan Wikel, of Chesapeake, Ohio, her sister, Mildred Chapman, of Hurricane, W. Va., her brother, Oscar Wikel, of Taylor, Mich., her sister-in-law, Margaret Scott, of Pennsville, N.J., her sister-in-law, Jeanette Finlaw, of Quinton, and her brother-in-law, David G. Finlaw, and sister-in-law, Ruth Finlaw, both of Barrington. Rhode Island. Naomi is also survived by 34 nieces and nephews and their families.

Besides her husband, Jesse, Naomi is predeceased by her sister, Helen Peters, and brother-in-law, Elbie Peters, both of Denver, Colo., her sister, Effie Harris, and brother-in-law, Wallace B. Harris, both of Huntington, W. Va., her brother, Edward E. Wikel of Chesapeake, Ohio, her brother-in-law, Harold C. Chapman, of Hurricane, W. Va., her sister-in-law, Norma Wikel of Taylor, Mich., her sister-in-law, Opal Wikel of Chesapeake, Ohio, her sister-in-law, Jewel Wikel of Chesapeake, Ohio, her sister-in-law, Laura Bechtel, and brother-in-law, John Bechtel, both of Carneys Point, N.J., her brother-in-law, Robert M. Finlaw of Quinton, N.J., her brother-in-law, Charles Scott of Pennsville, N.J.

Over the years Naomi developed many cherished friendships in Ohio, West Virginia, and Salem County, New Jersey. She always had fond memories of her trips back to her hometown area to visit family and friends. More recently residents and caregivers at Woodbury Mews Assisted Living in Woodbury, N.J., and Southgate Health Care Center in Carneys Point, N.J., are among those who called Naomi their special friend. Hospice of Salem County gave Naomi tender loving care in her final month.

Naomi was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the XYZ Club in Pennsville. She loved Bible study and singing the old traditional hymns. Making her first dress at the age of 11, Naomi developed dressmaking skills over the years. Her quilts and crocheted doilies are among her family's cherished heirlooms. She loved being around kids, and baking Snickerdoodles for family and friends. She really loved cats. She will always be known for her willingness to give someone a helping hand and her great smile! She enjoyed walking and making friends at Riverview Beach Park in her senior years.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6 at the LAUGHREY FUNERAL HOME, Pennsville, where friends may call Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be at the Salem County Veterans Cemetery, Pilesgrove.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, South Broadway and Church St., Pennsville, N.J. 08070 or The Life Raft Group, 40 Galesi Drive, Suite 19, Wayne, N.J. 07470. The Life Raft Group is a charity devoted to GIST cancer research and support.

Published in the Today's Sunbeam March 3, 2008. 
Salem County War Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery
Salem County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: S1-I10
Created by: The Bull
Record added: Apr 03, 2010
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Naomi J. <i>Wikel</i> Finlaw
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