Recently, I came to know the passing of a wonderful longtime neighbor.

Edna L. (Lee) Fink, age 90, died in her home of 71 years in north College Park.

Edna is survived by 4 children, 13 beautiful grandchildren, 14 sweet great-grandchildren, and 3 precious great-great-grandchildren.

Edna had a great and caring heart for our community. She once told me she often sees bus riders standing under the sun or in rain waiting long at the bus stop on Rhode Island Avenue, near her house at Iroquois street. Thankfully, our City later added a bus shelter there. Sadly, it was added after she passed away, so she couldn’t see this before she left all of us. She would definitely have been very happy today if she was around.

I met Edna at her home about a month before she died. We sat and talked. Because of her battle against cancer, she had difficulties in talking to me. Yet, she was in very good spirit and cracked a few jokes with me. “Kabir, My great-grandchild asked me the other day – do you have a frog in your throat? I told her, yes, but I’m going to get it out soon.”  – she told me jokingly.

Let’s celebrate Edna’s wonderful life and the courageous battle she fought until the end.

[Photo credit: Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home]