Jean M. Sardini Fink

Fink Jean

Full Name
Jean M. Fink

Date of Birth
Wednesday, March 31st, 1954

Date of Death
Monday, January 6th, 2020

Obituary/Notice

Jean was born March 31, 1954 and passed away January 6, 2020 after a valiant 36-year battle with cancer.

 

Born and raised in Erie, PA, Jean graduated from Saint Benedict Academy and attended classes at Gannon University. She was a brilliant and determined woman, working first as a chemist at LORD Corporation (Hughson Chemical Division) in Pennsylvania and then at Sherex Chemical Company in Ohio, where she holds two industrial co-patents. The details are honestly beyond our non-chemistry brains, but if you’ve ever used a dryer sheet, you’re experiencing her research. Jean went back to school later in life, becoming a radiological technician and working at Atlantic City Medical Center in New Jersey, where she ran the mobile mammography division, screening countless patients for breast cancer prevention. She would say her most important role, however, was as a caregiver and mother. She dedicated her life to loving and nurturing her beloved husband, married in 1980, and daughter, born in 1981, as well as family and friends, selflessly and constantly giving of herself with joy.

 

Jean loved the outdoors. She spent her favorite moments, face turned toward the sun, enjoying the beach, fishing and boating. In fact, she was wading in a trout stream the day before she gave birth to her daughter! She could hunt with the best of them, gearing up in camo, stalking through the woods and perching in a tree stand.  She had a green thumb and kept a garden filled with everything from tomatoes to rhubarb, alongside her gorgeous roses. She was also an incredible cook, sharing food as love, and it was not unusual if you came to visit to find a turkey dinner laid out on the table.

 

Jean was brave until her last breath, a true warrior woman who runs with the wolves. She held her suffering close, choosing instead to radiate light and life. She was quick to smile, share a warm hug or make someone laugh. She was a beautiful soul, sprinkled with goofiness and whimsy. She will be loved and remembered forever, to the moon and back.  

 

She is survived by her husband and soulmate, Jeffrey Fink, and her beloved daughter, Jennifer Fink (partner Ryan); her treasured mother, Cecelia Sardini; her loving siblings, Debbie Ahlgren (husband Rick), Arthur Sardini (wife Debbie), Mary Sardini, Cindy Dixon (husband Bob), and sisters-in-law Marlene McGonigle (husband Joe, deceased) and Margie Wander (husband Larry, deceased), as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Arthur Sardini.

 

The family will receive family and friends at Blessed Sacrament Church on Saturday, January 11th from 9-10 AM, followed by a mass at 10AM, and burial at Gates of Heaven directly after.

 

In honor of Jean, who insisted on and prioritized helping others, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Erie City Mission 1017 French Street, Erie, PA 16501.

 

Arrangements are under the care of the Burton Westlake Funeral Home 3801 W. 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506.


Calling Hours

When
Saturday, January 11th, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Address
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church - 1626 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16508

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Service Information

When
Saturday, January 11th, 2020, 10:00 AM

Address
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church - 1626 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16508

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Interment

When
Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Address
Gate of Heaven Cemetery & Mausoleum - 5711 West Lake Road. Erie, PA 16505

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