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Caren Vinatieri
Flute and Piccolo
Carrollton, Texas

Biography:

For many years, Caren Vinatieri was a valued member of the Town North Concert Band, Dallas, Texas. She was an excellent flute and piccolo player. Her personality brought joy to all with whom she spoke. Not only did many members of the band have the privilege of knowing Caren, many of those years the band enjoyed the company of Carenís mother who often attended both its rehearsals and concerts.

Caren, age 61 of Carrollton, TX, died on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 20 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas TX. She was an active member of this church for over 20 years.

Caren was born on March 9, 1948 in Tulsa, OK to Edward Vinatieri and Opal (Pitt) Vinatieri. She grew up in Yankton, SD, where she attended school at Lincoln Elementary, Yankton Junior High and graduated from Yankton Senior High School in 1966. She graduated with BS degrees in English and Social Work from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in 1972 and 1975. She also attended Yankton College.

In 1975, she relocated to Dallas, Texas. For over 25 years, Caren assisted abused and neglected children and youth through her employment with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services. Throughout her life, Caren enjoyed music as a member of her church choir and also played flute and piccolo with the Richardson (TX) Community Band and the Town North Concert Band.  She traveled extensively including several visits to Ireland, her self-proclaimed "homeland."  













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