Funeral services were held Wednesday for Stamford resident Ana Vinck, who died at the age of 105 on Oct. 17.
A native of Puerto Rico, Vinck was born Feb. 25 1905. The second oldest of 10 brothers and sisters, she at times did not have shoes to wear and because of that, she sometimes missed school. She persevered, however, and qualified as a bookkeeper upon completion of high school. After the death of her first husband, Vinck came to the United States in 1936. She married a second time, but her husband died suddenly of a heart attack and she was left in New York to raise two children.
Vinck worked for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union for 25 years, and then became employed as a nanny after retiring as a seamstress.
Vinck lived in Connecticut for 35 years. She worked until she was 94, when her eyesight became poor. Despite her early hardships, Vinck enjoyed life and drew others into her "attitude of gratitude" philosophy. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved children and kept in touch over the years with many of the youngsters entrusted to her care. Her favorite pastimes were reading, perusing the Bible and picking out and sending uplifting greeting cards to friends.
Contributions in Vinck's memory may be made to the First Spanish Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 1 Walton Place, Stamford, CT 06910, or to a charity of the giver's choice.
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