Born in 1922, at Camp Sherman Ohio, which was a retraining facility for returned veterans of WW1. They settled near her grandparents in Youngstown, Ohio, where she spent her childhood years. As work in the mills became scarce in the 1930s, they moved to Philadelphia and her father got a job as a steam fitter at the Philadelphia Naval Yards. Being the eldest daughter, when her mother had a stroke around 1938, she dropped out of school (in 10th grade) to care for her mother and assist in raising her younger brother and sister (Dave and Sis).
Her father and eventual father-in-law (Otto Finkbohner) were deployed together in WW1 and the families were friends throughout the 1920s and 1930s, so she had known her future husband (Ed Finkbohner) from childhood on. In 1940, they were both living in Philadelphia, she working part time at the Kroger's candy counter, and he just back from basic training after joining the US Marines. They began dating and married the following year, just four months before Pearl Harbor and the US entry into WW2. During the war years, she remained in Philadelphia caring for her mother and family members.
After the war, they were stationed in Philadelphia for a few years and then in San Diego, where they had their first child, Jane. She was active in the Officer Wife's Club and was co-leader of a brownie troop. In the mid-1950s, they were stationed in Hawaii. In the late 1950s, they were stationed in Camp LeJeune North Carolina, where she continued her role as military wife and had her second child, John. In the early 1960s, they were stationed at 29 Palms, California. In 1965, they were preparing to issue orders for her husband to go to Vietnam, and she persuaded him to retire four years prior to his full 30 year service time – she said he had spent enough time overseas and he needed to stay home with the children growing up. They returned to Norfolk Virginia and began civilian life.
In 1967, they took the family to Florida to visit relative (her aunt Jean in Brooksville FL) and fell in love with the climate. In 1969, after their eldest child graduated high school, they moved to Palm Bay Florida and their daughter enrolled at FIT in engineering. The following year, they relocated to Fern Park, FL and their daughter transferred to FTU (now UCF). They moved to their final home in Altamonte Springs FL in 1970, and finished raising their family there.
Her greatest interest were canasta card playing, embroidery, knitting, and her late in life joy of learning to swim in the pool. She greatly enjoyed visits from relatives in Florida.
Edward C Finkbohner
1920–1987 (m. 1941)