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Cathy Finnerty, of Pine City, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.  She was 51 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis Officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 5- 8 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2012 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials preferred to the Kanabec County 4-H Cantor Club.

Cathy Jo Finnerty, of Pine City, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in the arms of her loving husband with her two sons by her side. She was 51 years old.

Cathy was born July 11, 1961 at the Braham Hospital to Ronald and Dorothy Rysdam.  She grew up in Braham where she enjoyed her pets and horses as a child. She was also known to be one of Ronny’s favorite fishing/hunting buddies.  In her later teen years she met the love of her life, James Finnerty, at Braham High School where they both graduated. They were united in marriage on December 9, 1978. Together they raised two boys, John and Eric. Throughout the years they enjoyed doing many activities as a family such as snowmobiling, camping, car trips, holidays, or just being together. Cathy had the unique ability to turn anything into something special. They remained living in Braham until the boys graduated High School.

Early on Cathy had a few part time jobs, such as driving school bus, as she was a fulltime mother. For the last 20 plus years Cathy was employed at the Braham High School where she did many different things. She served longest and most recently with the ECMECC program.

In 2001, Cathy was diagnosed with Lupus and she and Jim moved to rural Pine City to begin fulfilling Cathy’s childhood dream. They purchased a 40-acre soybean field and built what is now Wildflower Farm, a horse boarding and training facility. Cathy loved to train horses and give riding lessons to people of all ages and disciplines.  She was so passionate about what she did.  Cathy was also a carded 4-H judge and donated many hours to local 4-H clubs. She was proud to be the owner, trainer and rider of her show horses. She won numerous awards over the years for her accomplishments. Some of her proudest moments were in 2008 winning Horse of Year and Reserve High Point at the Pinto World Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. These were world championship titles. Cathy not only enjoyed showing her horses but she also took pride in mentoring many young adults how to ride. She and Jim very much enjoyed doing all of this together. These events are where they met many of their closest friends and “adopted” children. They also enjoyed trail riding, camping with friends, just sitting by the fire or climbing such tall hills that “the sun felt like God’s hands on your face” as Cathy would put it.

Everyone who knew Cathy could tell by her laugh and smile that Cathy had her own heaven on earth, especially when she was with her husband Jim. They did everything together. Recently she was blessed with her first Grandchild, her little Avery. Cathy was also filled with joy and excitement to meet her first grandson who is to be born in January. Cathy was so excited about spending her future with these two. They both already had ponies planned for them.

Cathy’s family and friends will always miss her kind heart and caring nature. May we all find peace in knowing we will see her again in Heaven.  With love and severe sadness, Godspeed loving Wife, Mom, Second Mom, and Friend.

Cathy is preceded in death by grandparents, Wally and Gerty Anderson, John and Amanda Rysdam; mother, Dorothy Rysdam; mother-in-law, Peg Ryberg-Finnerty.

She is survived by husband, Jim Finnerty of Pine City; son, John Finnerty and Melissa Nellis of Pine City; son, Eric Finnerty and Cortney Moske of Foreston; grandchildren, Avery Finnerty and Baby Boy Finnerty; father, Ronald Rysdam of Stanchfield; brother, Lee Rysdam of Stanchfield; sisters, Linda (Alan) Tucker, Barb (Jon) Barnes, Sandy (Lonny) Frederickson; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, her girls from the farm, and many close friends.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating. Music was provided by Ruth Grundyson (organist) and Eddie Pangerl (vocalist). Pallbearers were Johnathan Finnerty, Eric Finerty, Lee Rysdam, Mike Dobe, Lonny Fredrickson, Mike Finnerty, Bill Finnerty, and Steve Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Bobbie Johnson, Beth Johnson, Emily Haug, Betsy Olander, Jackie Olander, McKenna Tindal, Morgan Mattson, and Madison Mattson. 


22 thoughts on “CATHY J. FINNERTY”

  1. What can be said about someone who has enriched your life with her presence and loveliness for so many years…thank you, my dear sister-in-law, for so many moments full of love, life, celebration and laughter. Thanks most of all for being such a loyal, loving and devoted wife to my dear brother Jim, incredible mom to my beloved nephews John and Eric, and proud, doting grandma to little Avery. Your life story speaks volumes of your strength, courage and beautiful spirit. Goodbye sweet lady. Godspeed.

  2. Cathy was a childhood friend of mine. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I hope you all find comfort in the prayer chain going on all across the country. I pray that God will comfort you in this time of sadness.

    Terri Sathre Schmidt (BHS Class of ’79)
    Sacramento, CA

  3. Even though its been years since I have seen Cathy, I will always cherish the time we were like best friends. Spent many a day at the roller rink, on our bikes, at church and many overnights. I remember her smile and laughter the best.

    Saddens my heart that she leaves so many loved ones behind. May God comfort you in this time.

  4. Jim, John, and Eric, I am so sorry. The times spent with your family during our scouting adventures and community events will not be forgotten as well as Kathy’s generous heart and gentle words.

  5. Jim, my deepest symapthies to you and your family. From working with you, I know that Cathy’s care was always foremost in your mind. May God sustain you during this difficult time.

  6. Jim, John & Eric, I am so sorry for your loss. I am heavy hearted at the loss of Cathy. Cathy was an amazing woman. She was such a caring, happy, loving wife, mother & friend. I loved spending time with her. She always made me smile & laugh when I was around her (I will never forget her laugh). She was so giving of herself to everyone, especially her family whom she thinks the world of. I think of her everyday & always will. I loved her very much & I will miss her greatly…It breaks my heart that she is no longer with us, but now she is in Gods loving arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

  7. Jim, John, Eric and extended family, no words seem ample of express the love and admiration we felt for our friend Cathy. She was always so honest, wise and funny. She encouraged us both back into the saddle and to work toward our goals not only as riders, but horse owners. “Nobody cares about your horse like you do,” are some of her sage words we live by. We admired her kind, firm and talented hand with the horses. Her laugh was genuine, infectious and taught us to do the same ourselves. Jim, the love you and Cathy shared was rare, and it was fun to watch you enjoying each other’s company in all you did. And how she loved being a grandmother! Cathy, darling friend, we miss you always and look forward to having you greet us as we cross the rainbow bridge when our times come. God bless and keep you all.

  8. Jim, John, Eric and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your wonderful memories help comfort you.
    With sympathy,
    Darwin and Marlene Nelson

  9. Jim, John and Eric. We would like to express our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Jim i still remember spending time with Cathy and you and it’s a shame that we grew so far apart over the years but i remember the great times we had together. If there is anything we can do for you or the boy’s do not hesitate to ask.

  10. It has been a long time since I had seen Cathy but we had such good times. I, too, remember her contageous laugh. A loving heart of gold. May God comfort all friends and family as you mourn her loss, she was a beautiful person.

  11. We are so sorry for your loss! I am missing already the many times I stopped to talk horses with Cathy during lunch at school. She was so giving of her knowledge. If we can help please let us know no matter how far in the future.

  12. We are so so sorry for your loss. We can’t even imagine the pain you are going through. Our deepest sympathies, and our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your boys.

  13. Jim, John,& Eric, I’m so sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. I will always have fond memories of the snomobile trip to Montana several years ago. It was such fun spending time with your family. My deepest sympathy to your family and may God bless and keep you. Just remember Jim,”One day at a time.

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Cathy real well, however, the conversations that we had about “the horse world” were very memorable. I was so happy to hear that she was working with one of the horses that I bred many years ago. aka Gunner I knew that Cathy would understand his insecurities and bring the best out in him. And she did just that with her patience, kindness, understanding, knowledge, and commitment. Thoughts and prayers for all of you, that you may find peace with your loss over time.

  15. I am still in shock over this.. My only explaination is God needed a very special angel to be with all the special horseys up there until their owners come to Raibow Bridge… & for this reason & this ONLY, there is no other.. very special lady, full of love & fun.. & Jim.. you & sons & families were #1!!! God bless you all & Gods speed to heal..

  16. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Finnerty Family!
    May your faith keep you strong in this time of sorrow…

  17. John, Eric and Jim,

    I am very sorry for your loss. Your mom/wife was a great lady and was always so nice to me when we were growing up. She kept us in line when needed and always let us have fun. She was a great bus driver and a wonderful mother. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in these difficult times.

  18. I will always remember Cathy because she adored saddlebreds. As a fellow saddlebred competitor her love and promotion of the saddlebreds and saddleseat classes especially to the WSCA folks is more than memorable. She commitment led to her band of horses at champ show showing saddleseat each year. Words cannot comfort Jim and the family at this time. Look to the Lord for peace and know that so many of us who did not know her intimately admired her. I am so sorry for your loss.

  19. I have had the honor of knowing Cathy thru our association with the MN Pinto Horse Association, and her and Jim became fast personal friends with us over the past years. She was just about as special of a person as you can imagine – kind, caring, funny, beautiful, capable and I am so grateful to say she was my friend. I will sincerely miss her, and never forget her.

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