Ann Finger

  • Born: June 29, 1956
  • Died: December 31, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

God gained a loving angel, dog lover, quilter and gardener on December 31, 2020 when Ann Marie Finger passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home.

Ann was born June 29, 1956 to John and Mabel (Kupka) Schwamman in Decorah, IA. Growing up in Fort Atkinson, IA, Ann learned to be a giving caretaker as the oldest of seven children. After graduating from Turkey Valley High School in Jackson Junction, IA, she earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. While in college, she was active in her Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and worked in banking. During this time, she met her future husband, Dave Finger, and they married on November 25, 1978.

Ann's kind heart grew larger as she gave birth to sons, Matt in 1983, and Jeff in 1984. She embraced her family, enriching life for all of them with happy memories of her caring for their dogs, Killer and then Belle, many summer vacations, camping, teaching religion at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, and living her role as a Boy Scout Leader for many years. Seeing Matt and Jeff earn and receive their Eagle Scout awards, Bachelor's Degrees, their marriages, and arrival of grandchildren made her so very proud and happy.

Spending time with family was everything. Ann balanced life incredibly well between family, work, volunteering and quilting. She was a dedicated and fair team member; more importantly, she was a kind and giving soul to all. When her boys were younger, she worked at the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union. She then became the Controller at Central Service and Supply, Inc. Intelligent, organized and ethical, she fulfilled her accounting/managerial duties in the best way possible. Ann retired just 18 months ago to share more time with her 'littles'. Her hobbies and sense of giving took on many forms. An avid quilter, she made countless 'Quilts of Valor' for the Iowa Veteran's Home as well as many quilts for family and friends. More often than not, she was found handing out treats to her furry dog friends. Ann's yard was filled with flowers, vegetables and holiday d├ęcor which was such a joy to family, friends and neighbors, and while being an avid reader finding a free minute, her nose was in a book.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 42 years, Dave; two sons, Matt and Jeff (Lindsay); and grandchildren, Davis, Bradley, Madisyn and Peyton. Ann is also survived by her mother, Mabel Schwamman of Fort Atkinson, IA; and five siblings, Faye Hansen of Waterloo, IA, Eva (Paul) Bishop of Altoona, IA, Joel (Renee) Schwamman of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jay (Mary) Schwamman of Fort Atkinson, IA, and Jill (Kirk) Opdahl of Lees Summit, MO. In heaven, she reunites with her father, John (1995); and her brother, John (1973). Others celebrating her memory include her large, extended family - sisters in law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many friends.

Those who knew our dear Ann well, you are aware she was a very humble person. To honor her wishes and due to Covid-19 concerns, services will be held in a simple fashion at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). There will be a visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2020 with a prayer service immediately following visitation. A livestream of the prayer service can be viewed at:

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or your local food pantry.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dave and family,
I'm so sorry to recently learn of Ann's passing. My thoughts for comfort and prayers for peace are with you all. God bless.

Posted by Nancy Goecke - Friend   January 22, 2021

I have known Ann as a member of Ankeny Quilt Guild and will miss her smile and dedication as she spent many hours working on the Country Store at the annual Quilt show. My sympathy goes to her family and friends in this very difficult time. Marge Jensen

Posted by Marjorie Jensen - Ankeny, IA   January 16, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Ann's passing. Our prayers are with her family. God Bless all of you

Posted by Paul & Barb Sailsbury - Ames, IA - Friend   January 15, 2021

I was so sad to hear the news about Ann. She was my cousin, my classmate, and my friend. She will be missed.

Posted by Jeanne Leibold Moscoso - Brier, WA - Friend   January 08, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. Ann was truly a gentle soul. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family during this difficult time.

Posted by DENISE JUNOD - Ankeny, IA   January 08, 2021

Dave & family,
I am so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. We were classmates @ Turkey Valley and I will always remember Ann as a soft spoken, kind, and very smart individual. Cherish the memories and prayers to your family.

Posted by Karen (Vsetecka) Maricle - Ida Grove, IA - Classmate   January 07, 2021

Was very sorry to hear about Ann , she was a great friend and neighbor to us , she will be missed dearly, prayers to you all today .

Posted by Jessica Miller - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 07, 2021

So sorry for your loss and wish you all the best.

Posted by Dj Opdahl - Waukee, IA - Family Friend   January 06, 2021

Dave and Family, it saddened us all to learn of her passing. Ann was a great person and hard worker. She will be missed by all of us at Central Service and Supply. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jason Fox - JOHNSTON, IA   January 06, 2021

My sincerest sympathies to Ann's family. I was a classmate of Ann's at Turkey Valley and will remember her as a quiet, friendly and intelligent being. After reading her obituary, she certainly did well for herself and for those she loved dearly. She no doubt, left beautiful memories for her family and friends to cherish. Take pride that Ann touched many hearts through her generosity and talents. A good servant to the Lord, may she rest in peace.

Posted by Irene (Schmitt) Frantzen - New Hampton, IA - Classmate   January 06, 2021

My sympathy to all of the family

Posted by Gerry Barta - Humboldt, IA - Classmate   January 05, 2021

Dave & all of the family, You have our sympathy.. We lived in the same neighborhood with the Schwamman family and Uncle Myles for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the coming days and weeks ahead.

Posted by Joe & Marcy Skretta - DECORAH|IA - Family Friend   January 05, 2021

Dave & family: we are so sorry for your loss. Ann's heart was truly larger than life & we were privileged to know her!

Posted by Bob & Lori North North - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 05, 2021

To Ann's family-
You have my sincere condolences on your loss of Ann. She will always be remembered as a sweet, smart, and gifted lady. May God bless you all-

Posted by Dale Elsbernd - Decorah, IA - Classmate   January 05, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ann's unexpected passing. Not only was she a great employee but she was a wonderful person. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dan Abramovich - Clive, IA - Coworker   January 05, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Ann. She was truly a wonderful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Lloyd and Irene Bjergum - Decorah, IA - Family Friend   January 04, 2021

I will never forget you Ann, and still remember the summers when our family would come to Iowa on vacation. I always stayed with Judy, or course but remember playing with you and all your family, and all the family get- togethers. You were always standout and I am so proud and honored we were family. Love you Ann.

Posted by Vickie Sizemore Long - Kansas City, MO - Family   January 04, 2021

I grew-up with Ann in "Fort". In a small town everyone knew every one. I knew Ann as a person that cared for people and had a kind soul.

May she rest in peace.


Posted by Joe Kimesh - Omaha, NE - Classmate   January 04, 2021

So sorry for your loss Faye & Schwamman family. We have made a donation to Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Ann's memory.

Posted by Jennifer/Chad Galbraith - Omaha, NE - Family Friend   January 04, 2021


Dave & Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Ann. We were classmates and I will always remember Ann from the classes we shared and also band. My thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Karen (Vsetecka) Maricle - Ida Grove, IA - Classmate   January 04, 2021