The emeritus of the Reformed Church of North Brunswick, yesterday at St. Peter’s General Hospital, New Brunswick, after a long illness. He was 77. Rev. Finger, who lived at 1350 Suwanee Drive, was born in Wernersville, Pa. He served as pastor of the Reformed Church here from 1954 until his retirement in 1968.
He was graduated from Friend’s Select Preparatory School, Philadelphia, and Temple University School of Technology. Mr. Finger his first pastorate at the Wissionoming Baptist Church in Philadelphia in 1918. From 1920-25, he served at the New Egypt Methodist Church in New Egypt and from 1925-26 at the Union Church in Lavallette,
In subsequent years, he was pastor at the First Baptist Church of Jersey City and the First Dutch Reformed Church of Philadelphia. He came to North Brunswick in 1954, when the Reformed Church was known as the Community Reformed Church. Its name was changed under his pastorate.
Rev. Finger served on the township recreation commission, was chaplain of the local First Aid Squad and past chaplain of the Sons of Union Veterans in Philadelphia. He was past grand chaplain of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Walker Lodge 306, Philadelphia.
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Middletown Odd Fellows Home for the Aged. His wife, Jessie Mae Wood Finger, died in 1962. Surviving are a son, Charles W., with whom he lived; two daughters, Mrs. William Morgan of Clementon and Mrs. Elma Corson of Baltimore, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Reformed Church of North Brunswick, with the Rev. Edwin F. Parsil officiating. Burial will be in the church yard. Arrangements are under the direction of the Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road.
Contributions may be made to the Rev. Elmer H. Finger Memorial Fund at the Reformed Church.