Vida Whitcomb

Vida Whitcomb was born on August 23, 1950, in Buffalo, Minnesota to Marshall and Jeanette
Whitcomb. The family lived in Rockford, Minnesota during her early years. After the family moved to Buffalo, Vida graduated from Buffalo High School in June 1968. Vida attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree in June 1972. Vida was married in 1972, and in the following years lived in Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

Vida suffered from depression and was diagnosed with Bi-polar Disorder in 1985. This devastating disease caused the break-up of her marriage and family. She endured this terrible disease for the remainder of her life.

Despite her own battle, Vida was involved with mentoring and advocating for her peers. During a nine-year respite from manic episodes, she used her skills as a teacher and educator with the Northeast Recovery Learning Community. Vida served as a counselor for the “Peer to Peer” Program and was a speaker for the “In Our Own Voice” Program. Her positive and empathic personality was a blessing to others.

Vida loved to travel and had the opportunity to visit places such as Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. More recently, she made a Catholic pilgrimage to Northern Spain and Fatima, Portugal where she saw Pope Francis. Vida loved to share the pictures from her travels with her friends and family.

Vida is survived by her daughters, Michelle Ng, Jennifer Kravitz, Christina Rosi, sister, Joyce Whitcomb and brother, Bruce Whitcomb.
Vida followed her faith as a Roman Catholic until she was called home by her Loving Savior on March 2, 2022.


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  1. Jo Bower on March 22, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Dear Family:

    I truly loved Vida; she was a wonderful soul with whom I worked for many years at NILP. We prided ourselves on being two of the oldest “veterans” among the RLC staff. I was inspired by her positive spirit, work ethic and loving heart. Although we had less contact after she left NILP, I have continued to hold her in my heart as part of my “forever” NILP family. I wish you ease and peace as you mourn her loss.

    Warmest regards,

  2. Alice Becker on March 23, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Condolences to family from a fellow 1968 graduate. Vale Vida.

  3. Randine (Peterson) McColl on March 24, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Condolences, prayers and positive thoughts to family and friends from a proud 1968 classmate.
    She has found peace and may memories sustain you.

  4. Laurel Volkenant Martinez on March 25, 2022 at 8:09 am

    I remember Vida fondly during our elementary and high school years together. May her family find peace in the good memories that they have of her.

  5. Dee (Barstad) Anderson on July 21, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    I remember Vida’s bright smile in high school and was sad to hear about her struggles. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. A fellow classmate, Dee

  6. Rebecca Rector on December 26, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    I have just learned of Vida’s death. I knew her when I lived in Shrewsbury for a few years.
    Condolences to her family, if anyone can still see this message.

    Rebecca Rector
    Troy, NY

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