Letters to the Editor, Dec. 21, 2018

Finnegan remembered

Finnegan will be missed

Many people from the Issaquah community are feeling the loss of our beloved Rose Finnegan.

Rose has done so much for the community, especially for the adults with developmental disabilities. Rose and Leo Finnegan were the founding members of LEO (Life Enrichment Options) since September 1988. They were loving advocates and supported individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their goals. For the past 30 years Rose and Leo have developed housing programs, activities and other programs for the developmentally challenged.

Having a special needs daughter, I have been so appreciative of all Rose’s hard work, time, love and support.

I visited Rose a few weeks ago, and even though she appeared weak and frail, her spirits were amazing. She never complained or talked about herself. Her love was still with the community and helping people. Fifteen (15) years ago I went through a divorce, and I was faced with housing issues. Rose was so genuinely concerned. She held my hand and said, “Don’t worry, I have a contact that will be able to help you.” Within a few days I received the help and support I needed. I was forever grateful.

I believe Rose lived by one of Mother Teresa’s famous quotes, “A life not lived for others is not a life.”

Ginny Garrity

Issaquah

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