OSWEGO, NY – Charlotte C. Finnegan, 76, a resident of 17 E. Eighth St., passed away Monday Sept. 7, 2009, at her home, after a courageous struggle with cancer.
Charlotte was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Moses and Frances (McHenry) Cortright.
She was a life resident.
She was the wife of the late Bernard Ã¢â‚¬Å“BubÃ¢â‚¬Â Finnegan, who died in 1975.
Prior to her retirement, she was, for many years, the owner and operator of the Ontario Grill on East Seneca Street.
She was a member of the VFW Post #5885 WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Auxiliary, and was a communicant of St. PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Church.
Charlotte was in a clinical drug trial and was number 1 in stage 1 of the trial.
She volunteered to be in the trial, without hesitation, because she believed it might help someone else.
She is survived by her beloved friend, Jack Gaul of West Seneca, NY; four daughters, Karen (James) Decker of Greenville, NC, Frances (Harold) Borland of Oswego, Margaret (Peter) Tombolillo of Oswego and Bernice (William) Strother of Oswego; two sons, Bernard (Cindy) Finnegan of New Haven and Daniel (Chris) Finnegan of Minetto; three brothers, Carl Cortright and Edward Cortright, both of South Dayton, NY, and Francis Cortright of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Arlene Russo of Verona; 14 grandchildren, Kelsey and Andrew Decker, Bridget, Colleen, and Hal Borland, Michael, Kathleen, and Madeleine Tombolillo, Aaron and Jennifer Strother and Ã¢â‚¬Å“PalÃ¢â‚¬Â Bernie and Brian Finnegan, and Shannon and Daniel Finnegan; a sister-in-law, Margaret Finnegan Griffin; several nieces and nephews; and her dog, Sissy.
She was predeceased by a brother, John Cortright; a sister, Margaret Carey; and a sister-in-law, Helena Cortright.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in St. PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Church.
Burial will be in St. PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St., Oswego.
The family would like to express for the love, support, and care that was provided to Charlotte and her family throughout her illness.
Thanks to Jack Gaul (and Sissy), Dr. Michael Stephens, Oswego County Hospice, Oswego Hospital, St. Luke Health Services Rehab, email friends for the volumes of cards, Barb Hanley, Roseanne Leto, and Patty Crisafulli, and Radiation Oncology at Seneca Hill.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Friends of Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego NY 13126; or to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, c/o Cancer Aid and Research Fund, 406 West 34th St., 10th Floor, Kansas City, Mo., 64111.