In Memory of




Obituary for Frances Finkle (Levy)

Frances L. Finkle, a longtime resident of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ, died on December 17, 2022. She was 95.

Widow of Abraham Finkle, the owner of Joseph Finkle & Son, a hardware business in its 105th year of operation in Lambertville, Frances was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, the daughter of Harry and Jennie Levy. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1945. Prior to her marriage in 1961, Frances worked as a secretary. Predeceased by her son Joseph, in 1997, she is survived by her daughter Florence Finkle, of New York City, daughter Rachel Finkle and son-in-law Sven Helmer, of Sergeantsville, NJ, and her grandchildren Jonah and Ava Helmer.

Frances was actively involved in the New Hope and Lambertville community. She served as a member of the New Hope-Solebury District School Board from 1972 to 1977; was a member of the Bucks County Chapter of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, for which she worked as the chapter’s recording secretary for several terms; and in 1995 the Free Library of New Hope and Solebury honored Frances for her volunteer work. From 1989 to 1998, for the New Hope Gazette, she wrote articles regarding local events and a column, “On the Human Scene,” in which, for example, she described her trip to a Star Trek convention and profiled an unhoused
New Yorker she met and interviewed at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. She also volunteered at Doylestown Hospital and at the Centenary Methodist Church, in Lambertville.

Frances was an avid gardener, tennis player, traveler, and duplicate bridge player. In 2012, she attained The American Contract Bridge League rank of “bronze life master,” having earned more than 500 masterpoints.

Memorial donations can be made to the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad, PO Box 237, Lambertville, NJ 08530 or the Bucks County Chapter of Fox Chase Cancer Center.