James ‘Jim’ Finn

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — James “Jim” E. Finn, 75, of Onalaska passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, January 4, 2021, with his family by his side. He was born on December 30, 1945, in La Crosse to William and Catherine (Murphy) Finn.

James E. Finn (3)Jim was a life-long resident of La Crosse. He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1964. He then attended UW-La Crosse, graduating in 1969 with a B.A. in history and political science and in 1970 with a master’s in college student personnel. He married Donna McClary on May 29, 1971, at Roncalli Newman Center in La Crosse. They bought a home they loved and shared for 42 years on Main Street.

He started his career in admissions at Viterbo University for six years, the last two of which he was financial aid director. In late 1976, he became associate student financial aid director at UW-La Crosse. He then became student financial aid director at UWL in 2000 and retired in 2005. He enjoyed reading, camping, crossword puzzles, summer vacations every year with his family, and traveling extensively with Donna in the United States, Canada and Ireland. After retiring they wintered the months of January and February each year in Punta Gorda, FL. They were very active in the Shamrock Club of La Crosse, and he was La Crosse Irish Man of the Year in 1997. Jim was also an avid beer sign collector and stamp collector, and he enjoyed golfing a few times a week, having scored two holes-in-one over the years.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna; one daughter, Bridget (Tim) Haverland of La Crosse; one son, Colin (Kristy) Finn of Mondovi, WI; seven grandchildren, Ellie, Quade, Cole, Autumn, Kylie, Jake and Satchel; five nieces, Mary, Ana, Kate, Christina and Pam and one nephew, Will.

He was preceded in death by his parents’ a brother, William Finn; a sister, Mary Tolentino, and two nephews, Ted and Greg.

The family would like to thank hospice and the staff at Mayo Clinic Health System, especially nurse Keith and Dr. Sallaway who guided us in bringing Jim home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1333 S. 13th St., La Crosse. Rev. Rick Roberts will officiate. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service. Facial coverings are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Viterbo University or UW-La Crosse.

The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is serving the family.