Mary Elizabeth (Finn) Tolentino, 79, was born in La Crosse, WI on June 4, 1938 which also happened to be her parent’s 4th anniversary. After living a full active life, she died suddenly after a short illness on September 4, 2017. Mary graduated from Aquinas High School, earned her RN at St. Francis School of Nursing and BSN from Viterbo College, all in her hometown of La Crosse. She married Dr. Mario G. Tolentino in 1961 in Manila, Philippines and together, they raised five children.
After staying home for two decades to raise her children, she returned to work as an RN at the Eye Institute of Milwaukee County and Milwaukee County Corrections Mental Health and retired with a full pension at the age of 68. Mary was a shining light to her family -- loyal, kind, fun-loving, generous, keeper of family lore and available when anyone needed her. She was born into the fourth generation of a large, extended Irish Catholic family who emigrated from Counties Galway and Mayo, Ireland to farm in eastern Minnesota. She actively volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister, a delegate in the Nursing Union and the Women's Auxiliary at St. Joe's Hospital. A member of the St. Jude Plant Circle for over 40 years, she was a loyal friend and will be best remembered for her unwavering faith, resourcefulness and avid letter writing.
She is survived by her two brothers James (Donna) and William (Karleen) and their families, daughters Ana Tolentino (David Bolt), Kate (Pete) Foss, Christina (David) Stoll, Pamela (John) Probst and her grandchildren: Madelaine and Harrison Voegeli, Megan, Dylan and Tristan Bolt, Charlie Foss, Jack, Max, Elizabeth and Katie Probst. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Catherine (Murphy) Finn, former husband, Dr. Mario G. Tolentino, son, Theodore and grandson, Donovan Mitchell Bolt.
There will be a gathering for family and friends on Monday, September 11 at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland, WI. Visitation from 3 to 5 pm. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Father Ken Omernick at 5 pm. A reception in the Parish Hall will be held following the Mass. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to Sinsinawa, Dominican Sisters, Viterbo College, and St. Jude Catholic Church.