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NEW YORK - Fanny Jon Jonas Finkenberg was born on Oct. 4, 1898, in Manhattan, New York. Her cousins, the Tishman family, built the World Trade Center's Twin Towers and its replacement, taller and more stable than before. During the turn of the twentieth century, she participated in the suffragist movement and facilitated New York in becoming one of the first states in America to grant women the right to vote.
In the spring of 1919, she married A. Edward Finkenberg I, who managed the second largest furniture chain in Manhattan, Finkenberg's Sons.
During the late 1920s, Fanny Jon Jonas Finkenberg was inspired by Manhattan's female entrepreneurs and aspired to establish her own company. However, this was considered detrimental to a family of prestige's reputation at the time. Consequently, she was denied this right. She raged at this injustice and was escorted to a leading private clinic, where doctors advised electroshock therapy to treat her for "hysteria." Her husband, who loved her dearly, followed the medical advice of the era, and consequently, both her husband and young son, Edward Finkenberg II, tragically lost a wife, mother and an innovative spirit.
Although Fanny's husband remarried, he visited her regularly while discouraging his son from doing so because he could not endure witnessing his young child whisper, "Mom?" only to be met with an empty stare from the shell of a vibrant, intelligent, and strong woman they adored.
After Fanny's husband's death, she was transferred to Creedmore, where Fanny Jon Jonas Finkenberg died on Oct. 15, 1967. She is survived by eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
During this centennial anniversary of women's right to vote in New York and the 50th anniversary of the death of Fanny Jon Jonas Finkenberg, a tombstone will be placed near her son, who recently died at the age of 95, in honor of the sacrifice she made to ensure women enjoy the liberties that were once only a dream for many. A celebration of this courageous pioneer for women's rights will be held at noon on Dec. 21, in the Bovina Cemetery in Delaware County, New York.
Published on December 13, 2017
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