Patricia Jean Holland Finnegan, 52, wife of Stephen and mother to Kyle and Roch of Fairfield, died March 21, 2010, in her home.

In addition to her husband of 20 years and her two sons, she is survived by her parents, Lawrence and Jean McNulty Holland of St. Paul, Minn.; two sisters, Ann Marie Holland of St. Paul, Minn., and Colleen DeLuca and her husband, Steven of Apple Valley, Minn.; three brothers, William Holland,and his fiancee, Amy Weirtz of St.Paul, Minn., Daniel Holland and his wife, Robyn of Apple Valley, Minn., and Mark Holland and his wife, Kim of Lakeville, Minn. She is also survived by additional members of the Finnegan family, including Stephen's mother, Paula Loffredo and her husband, Robert of Narragansett, R.I.; his three sisters, Lori Vine and her husband, Thomas of Plainville, Mass., Mary Beth Poirier and her husband, Joel of North Attleborough, Mas., Linda Miller and her husband, David of Glen Ridge, N.J.; his two brothers, William Finnegan and his wife, Patricia of North Attleborough, Mass., Robert Finnegan and his wife, Susan of Leominster, Mass.; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her father-in-law, William Finnegan Sr.

Born and raised in the St. Paul, Minn., she graduated from Hill-Murray High School in 1976.

Finnegan resided in White Plains, N.Y., for several years until she moved to Fairfield with her family in 1999. Never forgetting her St. Paul roots, she made yearly visits home, spending time on Square Lake, and "loved all things Minnesota." Playing on the beaches of Narragansett with her family and friends, listening to an array of music and shopping almost anywhere were some of her favorite past times.

She loved being with people, always seizing opportunities to nurture new friendships and strengthen her established ones. She embraced her community as an active volunteer in several organizations, including the Fairfield Pop Warner football and cheerleading program, Fairfield Ludlowe High School Goal Line Club and was a former member of the Gaelic American Club.

In addition to her dedication as a homemaker, she was a talented jewelry designer and owner of Busy Bead Jewelry.

Calling hours will take place today, March 26, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 27, at 1030 a.m. in St. Thomas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield; interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to either The Finnegan Family Education Fund- c/o: Fairfield Junior Football Program, Inc., P.O. Box 404, Fairfield, CT 06824; or Vitas-Innovative Hospice Care, 777 Commerce Drive (suite 220), Fairfield, CT 06825.

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