Donna Diana Finch

July 2, 1934 ~ April 29, 2022 (age 87)


Finch, Donna Diana 87, of Scottsdale AZ died April 29 at Paradise Valley Foothills Assisted Living -- Phoenix. She was born to Maria and Hans Engelbrekt in Chicago, Illinois on July 2, 1934. Donna was a first generation American as her parents came through Ellis Island by way of Kolding, Denmark. She was very proud of her Danish ‘Viking’ heritage.  

Donna spent her entire life serving others, going above and beyond making sure others needs were met before her own. At a young age in the north side of Chicago she worked in a bakery which was where she began her career in serving others. She moved to Arizona in 1960, she would work for many years at a lunch counter at Margraff Pharmacy which is where she met and made many lifelong relationships. She worked a short time at Lutes Pharmacy’s soda fountain but she would find her true calling working at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) as an employee and an alumnus. She would spend 20+ years’ working in the cafeteria and snack bar serving the student, staff and faculty. She would also volunteer her services to the Criminal Justice classes with their mock trials and the Children’s Fair for the Child Enrichment Center. She took much pride in never missing a day of work and the friends she made throughout the years. Those friends would later become the ‘Lunch Bunch’ who would meet monthly where they would visit and catch up with each other.  Donna’s love of sports was undeniable, she would return back to SCC where she enjoyed working in athletics assisting with ticket sales for the Athletic games and meeting the athletes and their families. Her adoration of the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks always made for great discussions.  

Donna was very active in her women’s sorority ‘Beta Sigma Phi’ for over 50 years (1968). She would serve at every capacity over the years whether it be as President or Secretary of her Chapter and or City Council. Her service would continue as she loved working with her sorority sisters on the various upcoming conventions and events. She received numerous awards while in her sorority but it was being honored with the International Award of Distinction that was her biggest achievement in 2017.   

Donna is survived by her Son, Carl and Daughter, Michelle Tash; husband, Bill, and Grandson Kyle. Step-grandchildren: Justin Tash (Stacey) and Dillon Tash. Step-great grandchildren: Everett Tash. 

Services will be held at Messengers Mortuary on May 10, 2022 at 10am. Messengers Mortuary - at 7601 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

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Celebration of Life
May 10, 2022

10:00 AM
Messinger Indian School Mortuary
7601 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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