Aina M. Vatvars

Aina (Maurs) Vatvars – Age 94 of Wilmington, DE passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Philip Hulitar Hope Hospice in Providence, Rhode Island.  Aina was born in Riga, the Republic of Latvia where she lived until the Soviet Russian occupation of her homeland in the closing days of WWII forced her to flee via Germany, finally arriving in Westminster, MD in 1949, thanks to the sponsorship of a local physician Dr. Wilkins.

In 1953 Aina graduated from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, but not before she met and, with special permission from the school, married Arturs Vatvars and moved to Wilmington. She was Board certified as a Registered Nurse in Delaware in 1954 and worked as an occupational health nurse most of her career for Electric Hose and Rubber Co. in Wilmington and later at ICI at its Atlas Point Plant until retirement.

She was a resident of Wilmington for 66 years, until her passing. Aina was active in the local Latvian society. Together with her husband, who was congregation president for 33 years, she served the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wilmington, holding various offices in the church ladies auxiliary.  She also supported her husband in various roles, including as camp nurse, the 13 years he was director of Beverina, the Latvian Summer High School he co-founded in Quakertown, PA..

Aina is survived by her daughter, Ina V. Suuberg, Ina’s husband Eric and a granddaughter Alessandra of Barrington, RI, as well as family here and in Latvia.

Interment will take place in September at the Latvian Memorial Park in Elka Park, NY.

Donations in memory of Aina may be made to the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, 301 N. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, PA  19073.


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John A Connolly from Wilmington wrote on September 13, 2020 at 11:04 am:
In my position as a supervisor at the Electric Hose and Rubber Company, I knew all of the nurses, including Aina very well. During our conversations, Aina shared some of her personal background and asked very astute questions about the US. I enjoyed our talks, and her charming pronunciation of my name as "Jacque." Though it has been many years since I last saw her, I will always remember her with great respect and fondness, not only as a wonderful work colleague, but also as a dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Please accept my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. Jack Connolly