Marie Finney

marie finney
Marie Ann Finney, age 81, passed away on October 16, 2021 in Fargo, ND with her family by her side. She was born in Hallock, MN, on October 11, 1940 to Quintin and Helen Tri, the oldest of 5 children. She grew up in Humboldt, MN (population 145), graduated from Humboldt High School in 1958, then attended Moorhead State University where she graduated in 1962 with a teaching degree in Math. Marie taught for two years at Warren High School before marrying Allen “Al” Finney (who also grew up in Humboldt) in 1964 at the St. Vincent Catholic church. They first made their home in East Grand Forks, then in 1968 moved to Thief River Falls, MN. During this time Marie stayed home with their two daughters, Pam and Kristi, while also doing book-keeping for St. Bernard’s church and serving as president of the “Welcome Wagon” in TRF. Marie became a role model for women in business. In 1972, she was hired by Ron Stordahl to help him fulfill orders for a new electronic parts mail-order business he was starting. This part-time job at Digi-Key Corp. morphed into a full-time job, and as this company grew, so did Marie’s responsibilities. Marie remained at Digi-Key for 40 years. She took great pride in being Digi-Key’s first employee and contributing to the incredible success of the business. But more so was her love and affection for those she worked with at Digi-Key – they were truly her “other” family. Marie’s greatest joy was her family – Al, the “girls” and her grandchildren. She was an involved mom and “gramma”, and was always the person to go to when you were sad, conflicted, stressed or just needed to talk. Marie had a very deep Catholic faith, which gave her great solace in her last days. She also believed strongly in family traditions, which she passed down to her daughters and grandchildren. Marie loved to read, play cards (she was tough to beat), anything Christmas, all the kitties she had over the years, and watching Hallmark, HGTV and Law and Order. She also loved cardinals and angels – filling her house with both. In the last several years as she became less mobile, Marie became a devoted Facebook user, checking in multiple times daily with her Facebook friends. Marie also loved being at “the lake,” and after retiring, Marie and Al moved permanently to their lake home in Ottertail, Minnesota. They enjoyed many years at Rush Lake with family, friends, and neighbors. Marie is survived by husband Allen, daughters Pam (David) Rochlin and Kristi (John) Brandt; grandchildren Adam, Noah and Emma Rochlin, and Jacob (Nativa) and Alex Brandt; brother Pete Tri; brother-and-sister-in-law Maury and Faith Finney, sister-in-law Eunice Robinson, brother-in-law Don Brager, sister-in-law Kathy Tri, and beloved kitty Sami. She was preceded in death by parents (Quintin and Helen Tri), brothers Jim and Tony Tri, sister Kathy Brager; brother-in-law James (Red) Robinson, and father-and-mother-in-law George and Dorothy Finney. Funeral will be held Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour before. The funeral will also be livestreamed at Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Marie!! She was a great mentor to me in my career and also a friend. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I know that she will be greatly missed. Al take care as I know you will miss her greatly. Sincerely, Rhonda Downs

  2. I was so shocked to read of Marie’s passing today on FB. I am so so sorry and my heart aches for her family especially Al and the girls. Love and hugs to you all and may she rest in peace.

  3. My deepest sympathy to Marie’s family. I worked at Digi-Key in the accounting department, and Marie was often the first to arrive, and the last to leave due to the amazing growth of the company, and the additional work it involved. She loved her work and the people she worked with. She was an amazing business woman.

  4. So sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. Her and Al were our sponsor couple when we got Married. How crazy that she passed away on our 28th wedding Anniversary. I will never forget the look on her face when during our ceremony the pastor called attention to a candle burning on the alter. It was gifted to us from Al and Marie as they lite it every week we met. They have always had a very special place in our lives and always will. Tonight, we will light our candle. Prayers to the family and Al.
    Sincerely: Marty & Deanna Peterson

  5. To Marie’s family,

    Al, Pam, Kristi and your families, so sorry to hear about Marie. You have our deepest sympathy. She hired me at Digi-Key in 1986 and made me feel so comfortable during my interview. She was always there for us. I work in Customer Returns, but still saw her once in a while. It seems like she just retired, time flies by so quickly. I remember her retirement party and how we all missed her after she retired.

    Our hearts go out to you. Sending love and prayers. God be with you. ❤

    Audrey and Jeff Halvorson

  6. Prayers for all of you as you travel this difficult road of loss. I have heard so many stories over the years of Marie’s love and caring for her family & I am certain those traits will live on in each of you.

  7. Beautiful montage. Especially the hands. Made me cry. Have you in my thoughts, hoping your family is finding peace saying goodbye to Marie. For what little it might bring, you have my deepest condolences.

  8. We’re sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. It was so good to see you Allen at Jim’s birthday party.

  9. I knew Marie from St. Bernard’s Church in Thief River Falls. She was a very sweet lady and I admired her. I ran into her one time at Mass in Detroit Lakes a few years ago. We were surprised to each other. It was great to do a little “catch-up”, even though it was short. My sincere thoughts and prayers to the Finney Family. May God hold you in the palm of His hand and give you peace. Sincerely, Judy Dupree

  10. I am so Sorry for your loss. Marie was a very kind and compassionate woman. I worked with her for many years in Accounts Receivable.

  11. Al, Kristi, and Pam & all the family; As a down-the-line cousin, please know you have my deepest sympathy as well as my thoughts and prayers during this time. May your many wonderful memories bring solace as well as the knowledge that Marie’s life touched many, many others in a very positive way! May God’s peace and presence surround you all.

  12. My sympathies to you, Al, and family! Marie was a kind person, dedicated to her family and work. She will be missed. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

  13. I am so saddened by the news of Marie’s death. I have fond memories of her and her family. I babysat her kids when they lived in the Horseshoe neighborhood of TRF. The Finney’s were great neighbors and friends. My mother, Shirley Booth, worked with her when Digi-Key was just beginning. I worked with her a couple of summers out at the warehouse picking parts. She was a beautiful person, she will be missed by many.

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