Beverly Grady Finholt, age 78, died Saturday, November 17, 2012. She was born October 21, 1934 in Port Washington, Wisconsin the daughter of Albert and Ethel Grady. She grew up in Port Washington. She graduated from St. Olaf College.
She met James Finholt during her college years and married him in 1956. The couple lived in Berkeley, California, Albion, Michigan, and finally settled in Northfield, Minnesota.
Beverly served on the Northfield Library Board and was the chair during the construction of the library addition. She was a member of the Northfield City Council. She chaired the Northfield Planning Commission. She chaired the Northfield United Way. She served in many state health policy and advisory roles. She was a county and district co-chair in Albert Quie’s congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. She was an active member of the Northfield United Methodist Church where she was a trustee and a member of many committees. She was a substitute teacher in the Northfield Public Schools.
Beverly loved the outdoors and enjoyed any activity that allowed her to experience nature. She spent many happy hours working with children at the River Bend Nature Center. She was a great traveler and once toured the Soviet Union with her family in a Volkswagen microbus. She was an avid athlete and enjoyed tennis, cross-country skiing, hiking, and sailing.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gerald Grady, Stuart Grady, and Albert Grady. She is survived by her husband, James, one child: Thomas (Stephanie Teasley), two grandchildren: Anders, Carsten, sister, Vivian Albertson, and two brothers: Warren Grady (Phyllis), and Marvin Grady.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:30 PM, Saturday, December 1 at the Northfield United Methodist Church with visitation during the hour preceding the service. Memorials may be given to the Northfield United Methodist Church, the River Bend Nature Center, or the Northfield Community Action Center.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com