Antoinette 'Pina' Wynkoop, 'Sissy, Toni, Sunshine', 64, was called to her eternal rest on October 18, 2008. She was born June 2, 1944 in New Haven, CT, the daughter of Anna (Santos) Stanley, and the late war hero Antonio Pina and the late Howard Stanley. Besides her mother, Anna, she is survived by three sons Michael (Sandra) Wynkoop, David (Barbara) Wynkoop, and Paul (Kellie) Clark all of Waterbury, and two daughters Kim Wynkoop of Hamden and Angela Wynkoop of New Haven. She is also survived by a sister, Priscilla (Pina) Andrade and four brothers Howard, Frank, Jessie and James of New Haven. Mrs. Wynkoop was blessed with a grandson Paul Anthony Clark II, and sixteen beloved grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She also leaves a cherished cousin Carol Santos and special friend James Wise, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents Laura and Pa Joe Barette. Antoinette was a graduate of New Haven's Wilbur Cross High School. She was particularly proud of her Cape Verdean heritage. She dedicated her life to a career in human services and was a retiree of Southbury Training School. Antoinette was a champion for the homeless, and a great support to individuals with disabilities. Her greatest achievement and profound joy was her children and grandchildren for whom she dedicated her life. She took great pleasure in cooking for them and decorating their homes. Friends may visit with the family Thursday, October 23 from 9 - 10 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 CAMPBELL AVE., WEST HAVEN followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Martin de Porres Church at 11 a.m. Interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery following the service.

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  1. Angela, Anthony, Bre, Bobbie, and the Wynkoop Family; Brittney, Cyntrell, and I wanted to send our love and support to you and your family. Ms. Wynkoop was a beautiful woman whom we didn’t know, but are very close to you guys. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless and continue to look to the hills, and he will give you the strength to press on. Love and Prayers.

  2. Angela–My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything, please contact me.

  3. God’s grace in his care to surround you and your many loved one at this place in time. God Bless your soul to rest peacefully.

  4. Grandma im going to miss you with all my heart. But im going to always remember the good times we had together.Like the cruise that we went on together and how you always came to my house and made us change our rooms around and how you you made the best cacupa i ever had. p.s. also the best rice and beans. But I know that you are in a better place right now and looking down watching over us. I MISS YOU, I LOVE YOU, I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN. Love your grandson Marquis

  5. Grandma, (VOVO) We miss you dearly, words cant express the way i feel about you. You were everything to me, a grandmother, mother, friend,and campaign. I don’t know what to do without out your physical presents. But i know your watching over all of us. We LOVE you so much!!!! You’ll FOREVER be in my heart. Love you granddaughter Shanel!! and your great grandson Mark! (he says he misses and loves his VOVO…)

  6. Hi Kim and Angie, I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know what to say to help with your grief, but the memories you have of your mother spending time with you and your kids are precious and will help you get through this. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there, but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Tryna

  7. I want to send my condolences to the Family for their lost and to my friend .Toni. to Rest in Peace! Les Brooks Jr

  8. I want to send my condolences to the Family for their lost and to my friend .Toni. to Rest in Peace! Les Brooks Jr

  9. It only seems like yesterday when we worked together and shared great times. My love goes to the entire family and my appreciation for Toni being their for me when my young son passed away. I will treasure every gift that you gave me. When you see my son tell him I Love Him. Everytime I wear your shoes I will step as eloquent as you did.. I love you and hope to see you again at the day of resurrection and eternity… God needed another interior decorator and gormet chef.. Love You Forever Ramona

  10. me and my my family are so sorry for your loss and you are all in our prayers. I worked with Toni in Cottage 26 at S.T.S. and she made sweet potatoe soup and to this day it was the best soup i ever had and to this day my wife still cant get it quite rite , but she’s trying . Thank you for sharing her with us and she will be in all our thoughts for a long long time . Don Taylor

  11. Mike and family you guys are in our prays. may god bless you and your family. love gary and gloria

  12. Ms. Toni Words cannot express the loss that we feel right now. You have been like a grandmother to our children, Sam,Nick and Timothy. You have been like a Mom to Carlos and Mimi. Your smile and advice has always helped us to be THANKFUL! But better yet Thank You for being a WONDERFUL FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR to my mother Claudia. You will truly be missed. To the Wynkoop Family, we will have you in our prayers. For God has given all of us a chance to experience an ANGEL!!

  13. My condolences to all of Toni’s family and friends. Her dedication and assistance to those around her was apparent to all of us who knew her from STS. She will surely be missed! May she rest in peace and may all those around her be comforted with beautiful memories of the wonderful woman she was!

  14. My Dearest Godmother and Aunt, I will miss you terribly. You are in my heart forever. I will never forget our crazy conversations. I love you! Eu te amo e te estranharei muito!

  15. My deepest sympathy to Toni’s family and friends. I had the absolute pleasure of working with her at STS for several years and her endless dedication and caring for the men and women she worked with was truely missed upon her retirement and now for her eternal rest.

  16. My heart is so broken. Sissy, I will always love you and cherish the love you had for me. I pray God’s blessings of peace and strength to your entire family and host of friends. We are all so broken at your death but we must all remember, and take solace from, these words in the bible, .to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.. And for that we must praise God, and praise God for Sissy and all that she meant to all of us — so many of us — and praise God, also, for all the love HE gave Sissy in her lifetime, especially as a mother, and grandmother, and great-grandmother, and in all her many other relationships, and praise God for HIS love for Sissy– God’s love and glory now glow in our Sissy forever.

  17. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. Memories of her will keep her near and in your hearts forever. Mark and Terri Serafin (Fernandez)

  18. Sissy, I love you dearly. You truly will be missed. A light has gone out here on earth but shines brightly with the Father in heaven and will continue to be in the hearts of those who knew and loved you. You lived life with a servant’s heart and blessed so many people. Your house was truly a home! And you welcomed and served all who entered. I see you now ‘Sissy’ in the arms of our family who went to be with the Father before you embracing you home. Abide in God’s rest and peace. Loving you dearly Cousin Sheila

  19. To all of Sissy’s loved ones, may you find some comfort in knowing that Sissy is at total peace now. Her wonderful spirit will always remain in your hearts and her soul will continue to touch you as you remember all the wonderful memories you shared. My thoughts are prayers are with you. With Heartfelt Sympathy and Love, Denise

  20. To Sissy’s Family, May God’s grace strengthen you and His peace surround you during this difficult time. With Heartfelt Sympathy…

  21. To the Family, My prayers are with you and my heart goes out to you all. In your times of shedding tears may the God of comfort, lift up your hearts and remind you that He’s always there. Love You all!

  22. Toni Wynkoop…a beautiful lady inside and out. You will be truly missed. My deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends.

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