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Kay Anita (Kitterman) Finchum

August 9, 1936 ~ May 25, 2022 (age 85)


Kay Anita (Kitterman) Finchum, 85, of Auburn, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Auburn Village in Auburn, with family by her side.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1936, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Ralph F. and Ruth R. (Kelley) Kitterman. She grew up in Hobart, Indiana and it was at that time she fell in love with and became the #1 fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Kay graduated from Hobart High School and attended Ball State Teachers College, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Education.

While attending Ball State, she met Virgil Madison Finchum, and they married on Sept. 24, 1958, in Hobart, Indiana. He passed away on Feb. 22, 1993.

She retired from teaching English and social studies. She taught at both, Auburn High School and DeKalb High school from 1958-1997. She also served as the DeKalb High School yearbook advisor for 25 years.

Kay was a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan! She never missed an opportunity, when it presented itself, to see them in person at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

She was an avid card player, in a bridge club, and loved to play euchre. Kay enjoyed traveling and was a world traveler. She always looked forward to her next trip.

She enjoyed the game of golf and played most of her life. Her favorite tee-time was the first one of the day.

Kay played the French Horn in the Gary Philharmonic in her youth and loved to playing with the Auburn Community Band.

She was a member of Auburn Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder and Clerk of Session.

Kay was a member of Business and Professional Women, receiving the Woman of the Year award in 1997, retired Teachers Association, Sigma Beta Sorority and Ladies Literacy Club. She also volunteered at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Surviving are her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas W. and Leslie Kitterman, of Tallahassee, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, James A. and Ann M. Finchum, of Auburn; two granddaughters, Katelyn M. and Austin High, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Rachel J. and Max Green, of Morgantown, Virginia; and great-granddaughter, Olive Ruth-Ann High, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Margaret (Kitterman) Nutter and Verlin Nutter.

Services will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Auburn Presbyterian Church, 111 W. 12th St., Auburn, with visitation from 11 a.m. to noon, on Wednesday, prior to the service at the church.

The Rev. David Lawrence will be officiating.

A private family graveside service will take place at Asbury Cemetery in Montpelier, Indiana.

Visitation also will be from 4-7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center St., Auburn.

Memorial donations in Kay’s honor may be directed to DeKalb Humane Society, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum or DeKalb Literacy Fund, in care of Community Foundation DeKalb County. If your choice is the literacy fund, please make checks payable to the Community Foundation DeKalb County and write in the memo: Literacy Fund.


May 31, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Feller and Clark Funeral Home, Auburn
1860 South Center Street
Auburn, Indiana 46706

June 1, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Auburn Presbyterian Church
111 West 12th Street
Auburn, Indiana 46706

Funeral Service
June 1, 2022

12:00 PM
Auburn Presbyterian Church
111 West 12th Street
Auburn, Indiana 46706

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