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Barbara C. Vinck

Barbara C. Vinck

May 8, 2020

Barbara C. Vinck, 87, of Eau Claire, passed peacefully into the loving hands of God on Friday, May 8, 2020, at Dove Healthcare- West. 

Barbara was born November 4, 1932, in St. Paul, MN, the only child of Roy E. and Evelyn L. Benson.   Barbara graduated from Stillwater High School. She attended the Teachers College in St. Cloud for a year before transferring to and graduating from Rasmussen Business College in St. Paul, MN.  While attending Rasmussen College, she met Jerome P. Vinck whom she married on September 6, 1952, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in White Bear Lake, MN.   They were married 67 years and have five children.  Barbara and Jerome spent many years raising their family in Eau Claire, before moving to Boise, ID and then Kansas City, MO.  Upon retirement, they returned to Eau Claire to spend their retirement years. 

Barbara had many interests and hobbies.  She was involved in singing and theater during high school, loved playing the piano, and was an avid reader her whole life.  She enjoyed many years of helping her husband with the family business, writing letters to her many pen pals across the country, and tutoring students at St. James Elementary School.  Barbara also enjoyed shopping, baking, taking walks with the family dog, and spending time with her twelve grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  Barbara always found ways to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and had a way of making everyone feel special and loved.  She always remembered everyone's birthday with a timely birthday card.  Barbara was a member of St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire.

Barbara is survived by her devoted husband, Jerome; children Timothy (Sue), Linda (Jeff), Thomas, Michelle, and Michael; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Due to current gathering restrictions, a private family Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire.  A video of the funeral service is available on the Chippewa Valley Cremation Services Facebook page.  Please follow the link below to view the funeral mass:  


To view a short eulogy from Barbara's granddaughter, Kayla, please follow the link below:



In lieu of flowers, the family is asking a donation be made to the American Diabetes Association or to St. James the Greater Parish.  The family would also like to express their profound gratitude to the hospice and healthcare workers at Dove Healthcare-West for the exceptional care, love, and kindness Barbara was given over the last few months, and especially during her final moments on Earth.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family.  Please go online to www.chippewavalleycremation.com to express condolences and view the funeral mass online.




Due to current gathering restrictions, a private family Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2020, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. A Celebration of Life service will be held later in the summer for all family & friends.

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  • Sandee Simpson Dear Linda, Jerry & family
    My heart hurts for your hearts in the loss of your beloved Mom, wife & my dear friend. Barb will always be remembered as one classy lady. I admired her down to earth approach to life, her sweetness, her dedication as a volunteer tutoring St. James students (whom she adored), her little laugh & smile. I wish I could wrap my arms around you personally & tell you how much I loved her too! God bless each of you...I wish you peace!

    May 16 at 10:39pm

  • Arnie Watkins I went to grade school, with Tim, at St James. Plus, I was the paperboy (Leader-telegram))for many, many years.
    Cherish your memories.

    May 15 at 10:17pm

  • Colleen Cardinal Dear Uncle Jerry and family, we can't take the sorrow away but will pray for the days you find peace. I always have warm thoughts of all the times aunt Barb talked and wrote to our mom. Betty so enjoyed hearing from Barb. Barb was a very special lady in our lives.

    May 14 at 10:27am

  • Sandra and George Colombo We are so sorry for your loss and are sure that today's sorrow will soon be displaced by a flood of comforting memories of a long and wonderful life. Barb's legacy is the love she left behind for her family.

    May 14 at 7:58AM

  • Rachel Vinck White Our love to your family. She was a great lady.
    Much love to you,
    Ed, Rachel, and Luke Vinck White

    May 9 at 10:35AM

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