Ann Finelli, 62, Upper Arlington, Ohio, passed away peacefully with her
family by her side at Kobacker House, July 2, 2019 after a valiant
33-month battle with cancer. Beloved daughter and youngest child of
Vincent and Evelyn (Dallas) Finelli, adoring mother of Nicholas Vincent,
much loved sister of Christy (Ross Bartschy), Anthony, Vince
(Ellen), Angie (Bruce Highberg), and Frank (Michele). Special aunt
to Mark (Tammi), Joseph and Michael Creamer, Kyle (Andrea) and Taryn
Finelli, Eva and Alyssa Highberg, Amanda Finelli, Lindsay (Chris Wey).
Also survived by great nephews Zach (Ally), Jacob, Matthew, Gavin, Graiden,
Kyler and Kameron, her godchildren, her wonderful Dallas, Finelli, and
Giannantonio cousins and many special friends, and her loyal and much
loved beagle, Bella.
was a 1975 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and went on to receive
her B.A. in Communications. Radio & Television in 1978 from The Ohio
State University, where she affiliated with Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
She also obtained her M.S. Marketing/Communications from
Franklin University. Margherita’s “personal best” was as a
single parent to Nick, who was a source of constant joy and happiness.
Margherita was active in all of Nick’s activities and very proud that he
was a legacy Upper Arlington graduate. She loved Upper Arlington and
was active in her class events, the Upper Arlington Alumni Association,
Vaud-Villities, Opera Columbus and UA Baseball. She spearheaded the
Hall of Fame recognition annual awards for UA Baseball and was especially
proud to receive a special recognition plaque from that organization last
career path led her to many exciting opportunities. Upon her
graduation from The Ohio State University, she was offered a television
producer position with KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, followed by an Executive
Producer position for “The Ira Joe Fisher Show” with WKRC-TV in
Cincinnati, Ohio, where she made many lifelong friends.
Margherita’s return to Columbus, Ohio in 1990 led to positions as the
Community Affairs Director for WTTE-FOX 28, Marketing Director for HER
Realtors, Network Manager and Executive Producer for OMEN-TV, a Nationally
award-winning distance education series with The Ohio State University
Medical Center. Margherita also held Marketing and Communications
positions with the Student Information System Project at OSU, as well as
Marketing Manager for CBRE Commercial Real Estate.
“professional best” and absolute passion was as the co-founder of UA
Supersite.com, Upper Arlington’s online community resource. She
created, launched, developed and secured sponsors for this highly utilized
one-stop online resource for the Upper Arlington community, which was
nominated for 2004 Business of the Year by the City of Upper Arlington.
civic and professional activities included Our Lady of Victory Catholic
Church, Upper Arlington Baseball Boosters Club, Upper Arlington Junior
Baseball Association, Upper Arlington Alumni Association, Upper Arlington
Civic Association, Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Upper
Arlington Historical Society, American Women in Radio and Television and
Women in Communications. She was also an avid Ohio State Buckeyes
will be received Sunday from 2-5 pm at Our Lady of Victory Catholic
Church, 1559 Roxbury Road, Columbus 43212, with Rosary service at 4:30 pm.
The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial, will be held Monday at 10 am, with
entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum. Monsignor Anthony
Missimi Celebrant. A celebration of Margherita’s life
follows in the Father Romano Parish Life Center.
wishes were for memorial contributions to be made to the Margherita A.
Finelli Memorial Fund in consideration of Nick’s future, rather than
honoring her with flowers. Memorial contribution envelopes will be
available during the visitation and funeral or can be mailed directly to
the Margherita A. Finelli Memorial Fund, PO BOX 20001, Columbus, OH