Barbara (Stephenson) Finkbeiner

AUBURN – Barbara (Stephenson) Finkbeiner, 90, passed away early Sunday morning March 12, 2023, after a valiant battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 8 1932 to Dewey and Alice (Helie) Stephenson in Auburn, being the eighth of their 10 children. Barbara was educated in Auburn schools, graduating from Edward Little High School in 1950.

She worked a couple of years, including at AT&T in Washington D.C. before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps while there. After basic training, she was assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, N.C. Barbara worked in clerical positions and for Airfield Operations Office in the control tower. She served in the military for over two years. While at Cherry Point, N.C., she met her husband, Earl Finkbeiner Jr., also a Marine. They were married Nov. 1, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Mich. and had one son, Darrell. Barbara worked as a Data Entry Computer Operator until her retirement.

She remained in Michigan until 1995 when she returned to Maine to help care for her mother. Barbara resided at Sandy Bottom Estates in Turner for several years, before moving to Auburn Esplanade Apartments.

She was an avid reader, puzzle solver, and liked to travel and dine out. She was a 24-year member of John D Long American Legion Post 58 of Buckfield, a lifetime member of the Women in Military Service Memorial and the Women in Marines Association. She attended Turner Village Church when she was able. Being a proud veteran, she was thrilled and excited to attend the dedication of the World War II Monument in Washington, but the highlight for her was the Honor Flight Maine trip to all the monuments in 2018 with her good friend, Gloria Hall.

Barbara is survived by her sister, Nancy Prindall and husband James; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Earl in 1994; and her son, Darrell in 1976; and eight of her siblings.

Special thanks to Bolster Heights staff and the Beacon Hospice team.

A memorial service will take place at The Fortin Group, Auburn, Friday March 24 at 12 p.m.

Interment will take place later this summer at Floral View Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grandville, Mich.

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A service of the Fortin Group Funeral Home, 217 Turner St., Auburn, 207-783-8545

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Barbara’s memory to


Humane Society

55 Strawberry Ave.

Lewiston, ME 04240

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