LAKE WALES - Mrs. Vita Hinshaw, 89, passed into Heaven on Saturday morning, June 16 2012, in her daughter's Lake Wales home at Chalet Suzanne, surrounded by her loving family.
Vita was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1922 then moved to Hollywood, Florida, with her parents. Lake Wales was their destination in 1928. She graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1939 at sixteen years old. Her father died suddenly the week before Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941. Soon the patriotic young woman enlisted in the Navy WAVES (acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), where she remained throughout World War II.
She was the matriarch of the world renowned Chalet Suzanne.
Mrs. Hinshaw is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Pete) Petersen Levy, daughter Christina (Tina) H. Farewell and her husband Bob, their five children and four grandchildren, as well as her son Eric Hinshaw and his wife Denise (Dee), their three children and one grandchild, and four nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Thomas and Claire Bulwan Petersen, her brother John E. Petersen, son Carl F. Hinshaw, III, daughter Heidi Claire Hinshaw, several babies born into heaven, and her husband of fifty years, Carl F. Hinshaw, Jr.
A public Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, June 22 at 9:00 AM on the grounds of Chalet Suzanne. Private interment will be that afternoon at the Hinshaw Family's Memory Garden.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dunklin Memorial Camp, where a Christian approach to alcohol and drug addiction produces effective and enduring results. www.Dunklin.org , 3342 S.W. Hosanna Lane, Okeechobee, FL, 34974, or to Lake Wales Care Center, a faith based community service organization which demonstrates Christ's love by building bridges between people in need and people with a desire to serve,
www.LakeWalesCareCenter.org , 140 E. Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL, 33853.
Published in Ledger on June 20, 2012