Beverly Finholt

Beverly Finholt

  • Funeral Date: 12/01/12
  • Funeral Time: 2:30 PM
  • Date of Birth: 10/21/34
  • Date of Death: 11/17/12
  • Funeral Location: Northfield United Methodist Church

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.


  1. Patty Grady Bruce

    Dear Uncle Jim, Thomas and Finholt family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Even though I had not been in contact with you all over the years, as a little girl growing up I will always remember Aunt Beverly’s kindness, her positive outlook on life, and her loving heart to help people. God bless you all with His peace and comfort. Take good care.
    Love, Scott and Patty (Grady) Bruce

  2. Laurie Grady

    Uncle Jim and Cousin Tommy, Stephanie, Anders and Carsten;
    My thoughts and prayers to all of you during this most difficult time. I so much enjoyed Bev’s company growing up and being with the Grady clan in Port. Later on, I enjoyed my trips to Northfield from the Twin Cities visiting with Bev and Jim. I will never forget the talks, the grand smile and of course that great sense of humor Watching episodes of the “Golden Girl’s” Rose will always remind me of Aunt Bev. Take care and start to make some wonderful memories. God Bless. Love, Laurie Grady

  3. Jeff Grady

    Aunt Bev always had a warm place in our hearts and will continue to hold a smile in our memories. We wish we had more opportunity to share time with her and Uncle Jim over the years – those times we did have, whether years ago at Grandma Grady’s — or more recently at our folks cottage up in Three Lakes, WI — were always special. We’re all extremely grateful for the extra care and attention that Aunt Bev provided Grandma Grady after she left her home in Port. Below are some thoughts on Aunt Bev that were posted on our Grady Family Facebook site that I thought I would share here:

    Paul Witzlib Of course all of you were too young to know Bev, but my best memory of Warren’s sister was at her and Jim’s wedding reception at their home. I must have walked thru the wedding line 3 times to kiss the bride. The fourth time she told me no…..That was in 50’s. Next time I saw Bev and Jim was in New York. I was at the Coast Guard Academy…….Stationed there….and went down to New York City to visit on a Sunday….I don’t know why they had his place overlooking the Hudson River but is was spectacular Never saw Jim or Bev again…but I liked them.
    Laurie Grady I spent a Thanksgiving with Bev and Jim a few years back. I was with a friend that remembered having Bev for a teacher when she was in school many years ago. Bev was a great lady. Side note about Bev and Jim. Northfield is a hop-skip and jump from Twin cities as you well know. I have visited Bev and Jim in the past. One Thanksgiving I traveled to Northfield with a friend (who is from Northfield and still has family) and spent the holidays with Jim and Bev. I wanted my friend to meet them before she went to spend Thanksgiving with her family. When my friend Luanne and Bev met, turns out that Bev had Luanne as a student way back in grade school when Bev substituted. They remembered each other! Talk about small world. Luanne will be sad to hear the news. Just wanted to share that story. Bev was a wonderful woman. Both Jim and Bev touched peoples hearts. Take care and express my condolences
    to your dad.

    Jeff Grady Aunt Bev and Uncle Jim were exactly that Laurie — wonderful and warm hearted …. I’ll always remember the ongoing recruitment efforts that they carried on for years to get some of us to attend Carleton College in Northfield where Uncle Jim taught chemistry – Have a Happy Thanksgiving

    Susan Grady Voll As I was peeling potatoes for tomorrow I got to thinking about Thanksgiving pasts and of course memories of Grady thanksgivings at Grandma Gradys! Laurie Grady! We had such fun around the “kid tables!” I can hear Michael asking “Please pass the mashed potatoes!” Do I remember the Grady reunions at Thanksgiving? I remember turkey so I think it was that holiday rather than Christmas. In those final years Aunt Bev took such good care of Grandma Grady. I pray they are enjoying a heavenly reunion!

  4. Barbara Horning

    I just wanted to let you know how much I admired Bev. She had it all: a sparkle in her eye, a giggle on her lips, a quick wit, a warm heart, a bright mind, a caring compassion and a thirst for justice—with just enough righteous anger and patient persistence to make good things happen. With all she accomplished, she was most proud of being a loving wife and mother. I’m sure she felt the same about being a mother-in-law and grandmother, too, but I left Northfield before she entered that phase of her life. Please express my sympathy to Tom and his family as you support each other. I know you will miss her. Wishing you comfort and peace, Barb.

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