In Memory of Barbara M. Finch

Barbara M. Finch
Barbara M. Finch
Born: October 20, 1916
Died: November 28, 2020
Age: 104
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Barbara M. Finch
October 20, 1916 - November 28, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

Barbara M. Finch, age 104, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Private Family Graveside will be held in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa, with Pastor Luann Benge officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Barbara Mae Finch was born on a farm in Logan Township to George and Fannie (Sheldon) Hoffman on October 20, 1916.  She attended rural school through the Eighth Grade and graduated from Ida Grove Highschool in 1934. 

She belonged to the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove all her life.  When she was young, she taught Sunday school and bible school for many years.  Barb taught rural school for five years then married Ralph Finch Jr. May 21, 1939, in the Little Brown Church.  To this union one daughter was born, Patty. 

Barb farmed side by side with her husband for 41 years and during that time she was a 4-H leader for many years. After retiring from farming, Barb worked at the Ida County Bank for 16 years. She also did other volunteer work and her family always came first.  Barb enjoyed family get togethers of which there were many.  She followed all of her daughter’s, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces’, and nephews’ activities.  One nephew said she belonged to the “aunt colony” because her and her sisters followed their activities at home and away. Even after her family was out of school, she attended the school activities and missed very few.

Left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren Jill and husband Jay Wingert of Battle Creek and Ben and wife Jenn Iversen of Missouri Valley; great-grandchildren: Shelby and husband Jacob Davis, Gavan, Virginia, and Little Ben.  She also is survived by her former son-in-law John Iversen; a host of nieces and nephews as well as many, many friends. 

Barb was proceeded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Patty; her four sisters Ruth and husband Don, Marge and husband Oscar Jr., Margaret and husband Dale, Sarah and husband John; brother George and wife Ruth; nieces: Anita, Rhonda, and Beverly; nephew Marvin; and one great-nephew Mike.  Goodbye until we meet again.



Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:04 PM
“My sympathies to Barb’s family. Finch and Barb were my neighbors growing up and I worked with Barb in the bank. She was such a fun person to visit with. She certainly was blessed with a long, full life. Many memories to cherish for her family and me.”
- Carol Vickery Volkert
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:30 AM
“My condolences to Barb’s family. She was a pleasure to know. She will be missed by all. ”
- Jen Hedberg
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 9:20 AM
“My sympathies and prayers to the family of Barb. Barb was an amazing lady who always made me smile and God has an angel beside him now. I will miss you Barb”
- Tabitha Bockelman
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:23 PM
“We are sorry to hear of the passing of Barb. She was my Mom's [Elnora Lunzman] roommate. We would chat with Barb on our visits to the home. She always had a smile. Barb lived a good long life. Blessings to you all.”
- Marc and Marsha Kjar
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:23 PM
“Sending our love and sympathies. Barb was an amazing lady! Sharon Cranston and family”
- Sharon Cranston
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:23 PM
“My sympathy to Jill and family. I enjoyed taking care of her. A wonderful LADY.”
- betty treiber
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:23 PM
“We were so sad to hear of Barb's death! You have our deepest sympathy!
Barb was such a special person in my life. I have so many cherished memories of her as I was growing up on the farm next door. Especially after my mother passes away when I was a teen. She and Finch were always there for me.
Love and prayers ”
- Virginia and Mike Hilker
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