Ursula C. Finch


Posted: Friday, January 04, 2008


  Ursula C. Finch

Ursula C. Finch

Longtime Nikiski resident Ursula C. Finch died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 62.

No services will be held. Her remains were donated to science per her wishes.

Ms. Finch was born May 3, 1945 to Heinz and Luise Klassen in Dulken, Germany. She graduated from Realschule, a form of higher education in Germany, in 1963. She was married twice to Americans, the second of whom gave her the name Finch.

In 1975, she found herself unmarried, living in Aurora, Colo. She went to work for Otis Engineering, eventually becoming the assistant to the Regional Administrative Manager. She created and implemented accounting procedures for field offices in the Rocky Mountain region until the Denver office closed in 1987. She moved to Kenai in 1988 when she was offered a job at Otis Engineering's Kenai office, and moved to Nikiski 1989, purchasing the home where she would live for the rest of her life.

Ms. Finch met her husband, Phil Blythe, in August of 1989. They were married on Dec. 18, 1989. Mrs. Finch quit working for Otis Engineering in November of 1989. She did various clerical jobs before going to work doing accounting and data entry for Pacific Alaska Shellfish in 1994, working seasonally in their office until her retirement in 2004.

"Ursula loved gardening (playing in the dirt) and it showed. Her flower gardens and vegetable patches were admired by many. She made floral bouquets with great skill and flourish. We worked together, she more than I, to make our yard a pleasant place to be in the summer; there was no other place either of us would have preferred to be. She was a very good cook and a tasteful home decorator. Native American culture and aboriginal cultures of all kinds were of particular interest to her, and her home dcor, art collection and reading choices reflected this. She has loyal friends in many places around the world. We miss her very much," wrote her husband.

Ms. Finch is survived by her husband of 18 years; his family in Kenai and elsewhere, her family in Germany and friends all over the world.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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