Nancy J. Finnegan
Nancy J. Finnegan
  • September 1, 1939 - February 15, 2017
  • Madison, Connecticut

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Nancy J. Finnegan (Mathews Van Akin), 77, of Madison, CT, formerly of Mount Kisco, NY, passed away on February 15, 2017. She was born on September 1, 1939, the first of six children. Raised and educated in Mount Kisco, Nancy married Peter W. Van Akin. Together they had three daughters and lived for many years in Katonah, NY. In 1982, Nancy moved to the Connecticut shoreline where Madison has been her home for the past thirty-five years.

Nancy dedicated herself to the VNA in Madison where she enjoyed her work as an administrative assistant and home health aide for nearly 20 years before her retirement. A beloved member of the community, she was admired for her desire and ongoing commitment to make a positive impact on the lives of her colleagues and those in her compassionate care. The VNA afforded her camaraderie and connections for which she was ever grateful.

Nancy loved the beauty of the great outdoors in all seasons, its beaches, marshes, woods, and creatures large and small, especially her birds. She, too, was a true beauty. Her kind heart and tender soul will be dearly missed by her devoted family and faithful friends, the "treasures in her pockets".

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Tracy Van Akin of Greenwich, CT (Jeffrey A. DeTeso) and Diane Van Akin of Madison, CT; grandson, William G. DeTeso; sisters Marcia Mathews LaRegina of Stanhope, NJ and Patty Murphy Adams (Jerry) of North Salem, NY; brothers John A. Murphy, Jr. (Sonja) of Venice, FL and Thomas J. (Tom) Murphy (Nancy) of Stormville, NY; sisters-in-law Nancy Girardi Murphy of Fishkill, NY, Sara Van Akin Walsh of Marlborough, CT, and Gretchen Van Akin Lasus of Mt. Kisco, NY; former husband, Terrence F. X. Finnegan of East Hampton, CT, and many adored nieces, nephews, cousins, and invaluable friends. Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Natalie C. Murphy, F. Rockwell Mathews, and John A. Murphy, Sr.; daughter Darcy J. Van Akin; brother Robert T. (Bob) Murphy; nephew Frank R. Mattoni; and former husband Peter W. Van Akin.

Services are being held at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home, Mount Kisco, NY. Calling hours are from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th with a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 9th. Interment will follow immediately at Saint Francis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore http://