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Yim Lew, 79, Lived in Darien for 19 Years

DARIEN, Conn. – Yim Heong Chan Lew, a Darien resident for 19 years, died Sept. 2 in Renton, Wash., after returning from a family cruise to Alaska. She was 79.

Lew was born Nov. 16, 1931, in the village of Luk Tun in Hoissan City in China. She was the eldest of seven. She married Peter Kwong Lew in 1949 and immigrated to the United States in 1958. She obtained her citizenship, raised two children and ran a laundry in the Bronx, N.Y. She sponsored her five brothers, sister and their families for immigration to the United States.

After running the laundry, she worked as a seamstress in New York City's Chinatown and also started a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her brothers. She moved to Darien in 1992 and lived with her son Daniel and his wife Fiona. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing mah jongg and traveling.

She is survived by her brothers Yuk Kee Chan, Yuk Nging Chan and Yuk Lem Chan; daughter Diane Lew-Seger and her husband Andrew; and son Daniel Lew and his wife Fiona; granddaughters Laura Ruth Seger, Lindsey Anne Seger, Rebecca Lew, Kristina Lew and Olivia Lew; and 13 nephews and nieces.

A vigil and memorial service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home in Stamford. The funeral will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. A traditional Chinese service will be held at the funeral home, followed by a graveside service at Spring Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to AmeriCares , 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.

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