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Pauline Fink

December 9, 1923 ~ May 27, 2021 (age 97)


Fink, Pauline

Brighton, MI 


Pauline Day Fink was born in Hammond, Illinois to Elsie née Mosser and Clarence P. Day, on December 9, 1923.  Raised on a farm, she entered Milliken University and graduated with a degree in nursing in 1945. She entered the Nurse Cadet service during World War 2 under the supervision of the Navy and was stationed at Oakland Naval Base, until the end of the war.   After working at Decatur Macon General hospital, Decatur, Illinois, she moved to Wyandotte, Michigan to be a charge nurse at Wyandotte Memorial Hospital. Here, she met and married Paul Knoer Fink, and built a home in Dearborn, Michigan. Pauline spent 11 years as a homemaker, mother, community volunteer in an active lifestyle, before she returned to the nursing field as an American Red Cross blood bank supervisor.   During this time she was an active member of her church, member of the Masonic Order of the Eastern Star, and many other volunteer activities in the Dearborn community.  After serving as a managing nurse at a Detroit Blood Bank, she joined the Allied Supermarket organization as Occupational Managing Nurse, from which she retired after 26 years. She took the challenge of learning to sail as she and Paul bought two different sailboats. Managing a busy career, and family, she and Paul sailed the Great Lakes with an array of friends from the Detroit Yacht Club, as she took the helm during many adventures.  Pauline kept active with family activities, travel, physical fitness, and church volunteering and always welcomed a new adventure.  Her second career found her working for the ‘Treasure Chest resale store’ at First Presbyterian Church Dearborn, which provided many hours of Christian service. Moving to Brighton, Michigan, in 2010, Pauline again sought volunteer opportunities, reading as a lifelong learner, and enjoyed her family gatherings. Throughout her life, she was a dedicated wife, mother, with a strong Christian faith and sense of community commitment.  Preceded by husband of 51 years, Paul K. Fink Sr., she is survived by her son, Paul K Fink, Jr., daughter, Suzanne Skwarski(Ralph), grandchildren; Alison Skwarski Bolon (Scott), Mark Skwarski,  Kaitlin Maloziec (Dan), Gregory Fink ( Elizabeth), as well as many nieces and nephews.   Memorial Contributions may be made to the Music Fund at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, or Gleaners Food Bank. Please leave a message of comfort for Pauline’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her guestbook at

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