Gita Finsen (nee Brigitte Alma Mathilde Landauer), January 12, 1923–April 14, 2021. Resident of NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham, MA, formerly of Newton and Wayland. Born in Cologne, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ernst and Ellen (Metz) Landauer. She fled Germany with her mother, brother (the late Ulrich Landauer) and her late uncle Heinz Metz and family in 1933 when persecution of Jews became official German policy and they were threatened. They waited in Switzerland until obtaining the very limited quota visas the US made available to Jews, and could then rebuild their lives in New York.
Gita attended Riverdale Country School for Girls (NY), Wheaton College (MA), and took courses at Simmons College and Boston University. After retirement as a junior high librarian in Newton, she became a successful real estate agent in Wayland.
Gita was active in community service including many years of volunteer work for the PTA, League of Women Voters, Sisterhood of Temple Shalom, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital where she was honored for her decades of service. She loved gardening, opera, long walks, reading, and puzzle games—especially besting her family at Scrabble. She will be remembered for her calm and steady approach to challenges, her generosity and dependability, and her ability to get along with everyone.
She was the beloved wife for fifty years of the late Irving Finsen, who died in 1995, and is survived by two daughters: Susan and Jill, both of Washington, DC; two sons: Peter (Myrna) of Marietta, GA and Lawrence (Susan) of Arroyo Grande, CA; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and loving nieces and nephews.
Services and burial at Sharon Memorial Park are private. Gita’s family is very grateful for the many years of dedicated, competent, and loving service by NewBridge employees. Donations in her memory may be made to the NewBridge Scholarship Fund, c/o Len Green (Treasurer), 4317 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02025—this fund supports staff seeking further education to advance their careers.