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Robertha "Tootie" C. Finkenbinder

Robertha “Tootie” C. Finkenbinder, 100 of Cornell passed away Thursday evening (April 16, 2020) at the Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac.

Private family services will be held and burial will be in the Defenbaugh Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 8:30 AM Cornell Community Lutheran Church.  The Winterrowd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tootie was born on November 13, 1919 in Reading to Grover C. and Hilda (Brill) Defenbaugh.  She married Glenn W. Finkenbinder on August 21, 1955 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Streator.  He preceded her in death on September 9, 1996.

Surviving are several very special nieces and nephews, 3 God children and a special cousin.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister in law Grover “Bud” and Lavern Defenbaugh.

Tootie graduated from Streator High School in 1937, she resided in Cornell since her marriage in 1955.  She was secretary for Campbell Motor Sales in Streator from 1937 – 1958, Treasure-Manager of the Cornell Community Federal Credit Union for 25 years, Charter member of the Community Lutheran Church of Cornell, sang in the church choir, severed on the church council, member of the E.L.C.A Financial Secretary for the church since 1976, secretary for the Cornell Area Rescue and Emergency Services from 1974 – 1995, secretary for Finkenbinder Trucking since 1955, member of the Women of the Moose Lodge # 69023 Bloomington.  Her hobbies were Ballroom Dancing and following the big bands thru out the area.

Memorials may be made in her name to either to the Cornell Community Lutheran Church or Evenglow Lodge of Pontiac.


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We will miss Tootie! She was young at heart and always smiling. Love, Dawn Salvati and Family

Dawn Salvati Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

So sad to hear of Tooties passing. She was a gem...so much fun...always happy! She will be missed! Thoughts and prayers to all her extended family and friendsthere are a LOT!! Carole & Jack

Carole Cashmer Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

Tootie was a very special lady. She was beautiful inside and out. She was my first real friend when I moved to Cornell. After she moved into Evenglow a few of us would meet up with her. We would set and talk. Plus enjoy mince pie. Tootie favorite
She is one lady that will be missed by all that knew her.

Maryfrances Gambardella Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

Tootie was a part of my life for as long as I can remember. She baked chocolate pies for my birthday and always had a snack when my girlfriends and I would stop in after school......I am so blessed to have had her in my life.

Ginny Gaston Rodenberg and Danny Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

My dear Aunt Tootie I hold so many dear memories of you and Uncle Glenn! Your smile ,kind words were touched my everyone you knew! I know your smiling down and dancing up a storm in heaven! God bless until we meet again! Love Danny and Kris Finkenbinder

Kristy Finkenbinder Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

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