It is with heavy hearts that LEO informs our community that Rose Finnegan passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018.
As a founder of Life Enrichment Options, Rose’s devotion to help those with Developmental Disabilities was inspirational. Rose was an ambitious visionary who changed lives and made dreams come true. She was the guiding light for the establishment of soon-to-be five Adult Family Homes for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
Rose was loved by many, and will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of the Life of
Rose Marie Finnegan
April 26, 1937 – November 16, 2018
Rose passed away peacefully on the morning of November 16th, 2018. Born to Rose and John McNellis in Butte, Montana in 1937 she was a proud Butte native, graduating from Butte Central in 1955 and then Carroll College, of Helena, MT, where she earned a degree in Nursing.
Rose married Leo Finnegan in 1961 and raised five children. They moved to Issaquah, WA in 1975 where they lived and raised their kids. Rose treasured family that grew to include son-in-laws, daughter-in-laws, and two grandsons.
Rose was a nurse at Echo Glen Children’s Center for 22 years and in 1988 was one of the founders of Life Enrichment Options, a non-profit that provides housing, employment, and social activities for adults with developmental disabilities. The organization continues to thrive and has three Adult Family Homes with plans for more.
For 40 years she led the religious education classes for people with special needs, enjoyed cooking, baking, and playing tennis and bridge with friends. Even through her last days, she was a passionate advocate for people with disabilities.
Rose is survived by her husband Leo, their five children Shawn (Jeff), Patty (Jeff), Tim, Mike (Monica), and Dan (Debbie), grandsons Sam and Drew, her sister Joan Romberg, her aunt Violet Corr, brother-in-law Fr. Joe Finnegan, several cousins, and scores of dear friends.
All are welcome to a funeral Mass and reception to celebrate her life at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Issaquah on Monday, December 3rd at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rose’s memory to Life Enrichment Options.