Vincenza G. Sette
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Millbrook, NY - Vincenza Sette passed away in Millbrook on Saturday, May 26 at 101 years of age. Vin was born in Italy and immigrated to New York City in 1914. As a young woman she danced with Ingeborg Torrup and acted with the Comedia dell'Arte group. Upon graduation from Hunter College, she went to work for the newly formed Department of Social Welfare as a Social Worker - where she met her husband, Edward J. Sette.
After World War II, Vincenza began working with her husband who was a Director for the United Seaman's Service (U.S.S.), living in South America and Europe. By 1950, Vin was fully employed by the U.S.S., and living in Naples, Italy, where she received an award for her charitable work with the wives and children of the Merchant Marines.
Returning to the USA in 1958, Vin took up a new career as teacher with the New York City Board of Education. She continued to teach elementary school children until retirement whereupon she worked as a volunteer for the Museum of Natural History and The Historical Society in New York City. She also began raising prize begonias as a member of the Begonia Society. Vin was also a member of the Primrose Society of New England and a member of Stonecrop Gardens.
At 85, Vincenza began painting and was a participant in an Art Gallery show in Dover Plains, NY in 2008.
Living in Millbrook since 1969, Vin loved being a member of the Millbrook Seniors Group.
Vin is survived by her daughters Elena Sette Bruning and Julia Sette; grand-children Edward, Elizabeth, Christina, Andrew, Margaret and Kathryn Bruning, Amalia Bruning-Lamb, and Jessica Pierman; great-grandchildren Eric, Andrew, Rachel, Charles (IV) and Sophia; nephew Douglas Schiavi; niece Colette Schiavi Waldrum; and grand-nieces and nephew Adrienne, Alex and Camille.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22 Dover Plains, NY on Wednesday, May 28, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Josephs Church in Millbrook on Thursday, May 31, 2012. The family requests that a memorial contribution may be sent to Stonecrop Gardens; 81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, New York, 10516; attention - Maggie Gordon; www.stonecrop.org.
For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 29, 2012