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Virginia R. Brink, 84, of Fairview Heights, died October 7, 2010, in her home.

She was born Virginia Rosemary Garland of September 9, 1926, in Edina, MO, a daughter of Samuel and Frances Matlock Garland.

Before retiring, Virginia worked in after-school programs at Grant Middle School and St. Albert’s, both in Fairview Heights, where she cared for many children and youth who came to know and love her as “Grandma Brink”. She also worked with the elderly at Charles Gardens. She loved working with people, second only to raising her own family.

Ginny is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lester J. Brink; four sons, David J. Brink (wife, Robyn) of Sparta, Dean M. Brink of Millstadt, Tom A. Brink (wife, Cheryl) of Plantation, FL, and Anthony J. Brink (wife, Kathy) of Troy; two daughters, Diane L. Brink of O’Fallon and Mary Ann Hagen (husband, Larry) of Troy; a sister, Betty Ann Harrison (husband, Don) of Edina; and a brother, Robert Garland (wife, Wanda) of Quincy; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, friends and bowling buddies.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ramona Watson of Quincy; two sons, Douglas Robert Brink of Mascoutah and John Anthony Brink of Fairview Heights; a daughter-in-law, Charlotte M. Brink, wife of Dean M. Brink.

Services were in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, with the Rev. Ray Schultz conducting. Graveside services and burial were in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice. Arrangements were under direction of Kassley Mortuary, Fairview Heights. Website