Helen M. Finnegan, a homemaker and former Hutzler's department store sales associate, died Monday of congestive heart failure at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 93.
The daughter of a cabinetmaker and a homemaker, Helen Morrisette was born in Baltimore and raised on East 29th Street.
After graduating in 1937 from the Institute of Notre Dame, she worked in accounting for the state of Maryland before her marriage in 1947 to Edmund F. Finnegan.
Mr. Finnegan, who owned an automotive financing company, died in 1965, leaving his widow to raise five children at their Gorsuch Road home in Timonium.
"Mother raised all of us on her own, and we were all fortunate to complete our educations and move on to careers in the Baltimore metro area," said a son, Dennis E. Finnegan of Mays Chapel.
During the late 1960s, Mrs. Finnegan worked at Hutzler's in Towson as a sales associate in its curtain department.
Mrs. Finnegan later moved to Aigburth Vale Senior Apartments in Towson, and since 2008 had been a resident of the Pickersgill Retirement Community in West Towson.
Mrs. Finnegan, who enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends, had traveled to Ireland and Europe several times, family members said.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a supporter of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
She was a former communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville and the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Timonium.
At her death, Mrs. Finnegan was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Finnegan is survived by two other sons, Brian M. Finnegan of Carroll Island and Terence A. Finnegan of Millers; two daughters, Clara Marie Finnegan of Timonium and Patricia A. Finnegan of Shrewsbury, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.