Antonette Angelina Gould
Antonette Angelina Gould
Antonette Angelina "Martha" Gould died Friday, January 19, 2018 while in hospice care in Rapid City, SD, twelve days shy of her 97th birthday. She was born January 31, 1921 to Anton and Antonette "Anne" (Forte) Finco in Ironwood, MI. She was the second oldest of six children. She was raised in Newport Location in Ironwood and attended St. Ambrose Catholic School there. She had many aunts and uncles living nearby who helped raise her and her brothers and sisters after their mother died in 1938.
Antonette met the love of her life, John "Jack" Gould, at a dance hall in Saxon, WI, where she and her friends would go to dance on Saturday nights. She married Jack on October 8, 1939 at the young age of eighteen in Kansas City, KA. Jack was a traveling photographer, so she traveled with him. They lived in Ironwood and Kansas City before settling at Jack's childhood home on Two Inlets Lake just outside of Park Rapids, MN. There they raised their seven children while they worked together in their photography business. While Jack was away taking photos, she worked in their makeshift lab in their basement developing his photographs and often coloring the photos, as color prints were unheard of back then. They were quite a team. Antonette never learned to drive, so the weeks that Jack was out of town taking photos were long ones. She, with the help of their seven kids, kept the home fires burning. Antonette and Jack celebrated fifty-nine years of marriage before he passed away in 1997.
Throughout their lives, Antonette and Jack were lucky to visit many foreign countries with their children. No matter where they would travel, their beloved lake was where they preferred to be. Because winters were brutal in northern Minnesota, she and Jack spent many winters with their children in South Dakota. In recent years, Antonette went to Alabama for the winter. Getting back to the lake in the summer was always her main focus. As her health and strength declined, her children made it possible for her to continue to spend her summers at the lake by hiring some amazing caregivers.
Antonette was definitely a people person. She loved having her kids and grandkids and all of their friends with her at the lake. The Fourth of July was her favorite time of the summer. She was known for her love of Scrabble and was pretty much unbeatable. She also loved card games, especially Shanghai and Tripoly. She was always happy to take your money! Her favorite pastime was to just sit and gaze at the lake and listen to the loons. She could spend hours doing that. Even though she suffered from macular degeneration, she could spot things on the lake that the rest of us had to look really hard to see. She was an amazing woman, wife, and mother. She always did it "her" way, which was the only way!
She was preceded in death by her beloved "Jack" John Gould, her oldest daughter Josephine Anne Pruszinske, her brothers Arthur Cervo, Andrew Finco, and Anthony Finco, her sister Delores Finco, her great grand-daughter Josie Bianca, her mother Anne Finco, and her father Anton Finco. Antonette is survived by her son-in-law Stan Pruszinske of Bloomington, MN, daughters Terri (Carmelo) Bianca of Huntsville, AL, Andrea (David) Sabow of Rapid City, SD, Patricia (David) Muckala of Duluth, MN, and sons John (Sue) Gould, and Mike (Marnie) Gould, both of Rapid City, SD, and Frank (Sharon) Gould of Aberdeen, SD, as well as her sister, Eleanor Mondl, of Chicago, IL and her sister-in-law, Barbara Finco, of, Dublin, CA. Antonette had 26 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are with the Cease Funeral Home in Park Rapids, MN. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's Parish in Two Inlets on February 3, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery with a luncheon to follow in the church hall.