Sister Márie Finnegan


Sister Márie Finnegan, 86, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston, IA. 

On Thursday, June 9, Rosary is at 4 p.m., and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel, Johnston. Visitation at Humility of Mary Center, Magnificat Chapel, 820 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport will be Friday, June 10, 4–7 p.m., with Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral Mass is Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m., at Humility of Mary Center. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the Sisters with arrangements.

Theresa Finnegan, (Sister Márie) was born on August 4, 1924, in Keswick, Iowa, to John and Ellen Lenaghan Finnegan.  On January 31, 1943, she entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in Ottumwa, and professed vows in 1945. She studied at Ottumwa Heights College and received a BA in Elementary Education from Marycrest College, Davenport, and a MSE in Curriculum and Instruction from Drake University, Des Moines.

She was an educator in elementary schools in Dunlap, Fort Madison, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Bettendorf (Lourdes Memorial School) and Stuart, IA, Great Falls, MT and Minneapolis, MN. In Des Moines she taught at St. Anthony School and Christ the King School and was principal at St. Joseph School.   She served as Assistant CHM Coordinator at Bishop Drumm Care Center and as a volunteer receptionist at Workforce Development Center, Davenport. When she retired at Humility of Mary Center, Sister kept busy serving the community in many ways.  In 2010 she moved to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center.


Sister Márie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John, Leo, Vincent and Thomas and sisters Eileen South, Mary Kempf, Margaret Swick, Ione Lawrence and Irene Bergen. She is survived by her brother Terry, Parnell, IA, nieces and nephews and sisters and associates of her religious community.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility of Mary.  Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Sister Márie’s obituary at

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