October 23, 1937 - August 19, 2014


Lero “Irene” (Pond) Finkel, 76, of Crosslake, formerly of Chaska, MN passed away peacefully August 19, 2014 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living. Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake with a visitation starting one-hour prior. Interment will follow at Pinewood Cemetery.

Lero was born October 23, 1937, in Wachula, FL, the daughter of Donald and Lero (Palmer) Pond. Lero was baptized into the faith on May 8, 1937. She confirmed that faith at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, MN in the Spring of 1951. She attended grade school in Ideal Township and graduated as Valedictorian from Pequot Lakes in 1955. In 1976, she married Leon. Irene loved raising her family. She liked to garden, cook and bake. She collected angels and was an active member at Mission of the Cross Church.

She will be missed by her children, John (Barb) Derksen, of Pequot Lakes, Keith (Vickie) Derksen, of Pine River, Lori (Tim) Nolan, of Hutchinson, and Esther (Daniel) Burns, of Marion, WI; step-children, Michael (Lori) Finkel, of Sun Prairie, WI, Carol (Mark )Hanson, of New Auburn, WI, and Judy (Jesse) Pierce, of New Prague, MN; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and siblings, Allan Pond, Ed (Barb) Pond, and Martha Pond. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister; and four brothers.