PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Renee Lampert Flink of Providence died peacefully on June 21. She was born on Aug. 26, 1929, to Anna and Morris Lampert, and raised with her sister Miriam in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Northhampton, Massachusetts. Shortly after college she met and married Alan Flink of Providence. They were married for 68 years.
Renee is survived by Alan, their three children, Marc and his wife, Margaret; Philip and his wife, Anne; and Peter; grandchildren Andrew and his wife, Anna; Sarah, Hannah, Philip, Leanne and Trevor; and her great-grandchild Zoe. She was predeceased by her grandchild Madison and her sister Miriam Hurwitz.
Renee loved helping others. Following her graduation from Mount Holyoke she worked as a social worker. While raising her family in Providence, Renee volunteered tirelessly for many social and political causes, including the improvement of community schools and the advancement of women in the workplace. Most notably, she was a long-time, passionate supporter of women's rights and volunteered at Planned Parenthood during the organization’s most turbulent time in Rhode Island. Planned Parenthood recognized Renee’s dedication in naming her Volunteer of the Year.
Renee’s greatest love was for her family and friends. In addition to raising her three boys, she was very close to her sister Miriam and her husband Herbert Hurwitz of Newton Massachusetts, their three children Martin Hurwitz, Ann Forster and Peter Hurwitz, and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For many years, the Flink and Hurwitz families shared weekends, vacations and a ski house in Maine.
Renee will be fondly remembered for her loyalty to family and friends, and the close bonds she was able to forge and maintain with so many people throughout her life.
Donations in memory of Renee Lampert Flink can be sent to Planned Parenthood or to a charity of your choice