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BLANCHE HACKER Blanche Hacker, 93, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2018. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Blanche Weiss married childhood sweetheart Harry Hacker eleven days after he returned to the U.S. after World War II. Their marriage lasted more than 40 years until his death in 1987. Ever optimistic, Blanche was an avid Cubs fan and had a good-hearted competition with her husband who rooted for the White Sox. She worked at General Electric during WW II, as a bookkeeper at Goldblatt Bros. and as a top telesales agent. Always a fabulous housewife, she was proud of living independently after Harry's death, learning to drive at the age of 63, taking a cruise at 65, and baking her award-winning cookies for her family. She enjoyed flying to Leawood, KS, to visit her daughter, Tina Hacker, and was especially happy when she gained a son-in-law, Lynn Norton, in 1997. The trio shared plays, movies, musicals and, Blanche's favorite, the Western channel on their cable T.V. Blanche was more like a grandma than an aunt to nephew and niece Russell and special phone buddy Daria Weiss (deceased), of Hustisford, WI, and great-nieces and nephews Kristin and Evan Bashirian, Megan and Liam Ratliff, Stephen and Lisa Weiss and Allison and Mike McGrath. Their pet name for her was "Aunt Blanchee." She was so pleased when Russell remarried and brought Sandy into the family. Also, she loved and was beloved by nephew and niece Glen and Laura Weiss and their sons Tim and Matthew. Blanche was a welcome addition to gatherings at the home of niece and nephew Marcia and Peter Hirschel of Libertyville, IL, and will be warmly remembered by great-nieces and nephews Jerry and Mia Hirschel, Bruce and Eileen Hirschel, Gary and Melissa Hirschel and Amy Gordon. Blanche was delighted to see Marcia's sisters and brother-in-law at a Bar Mitzvah in 2012. They are Renee Greenberg of Philadelphia, PA, and Saralyn and Paul Astrow of the Washington DC area. Warm memories also included Michiko Westcott (deceased) and her children Stacy and Jay Grossman and Pam Johnston. Her brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Roberta Weiss, (both deceased) of Arlington Heights, IL, had loving memories of Blanche as do their children Gail Weiss, Donna and Michael Mandell, Jody and Gordy Collons and Tammy and Roger Greene. Blanche's legacy also includes Joann and Byron (deceased) Eisenstein and their children, Pam and Jim Buchholz and Jeffrey and Karen Eisenstein. Also Rochelle and George Baum and their children Michelle Baum and Kym and John Verhovshek. And New York relatives Kevin and Vesna Hacker and their children. Members of the Florida branch of the family enjoyed loving times with their Aunt Blanche and include niece Ruth Hacker and great-nieces and nephews Geoffrey, Jennifer, Julie and Jonathan Hacker. Friends and caregivers played important roles in Blanche's life such as Emily Gaylord, manager of Peterson Plaza where she lived for 24 years, the attentive staff at Rosewood Care Center in Northbrook, IL, Deb and Jill of Suncrest Hospice, Chicago, whose compassionate help meant so much, and Lynn Jacobs whose devoted care she treasured. Blanche's headstone will be engraved with the words, "She loved with all her heart." Visitation Tues, May 22, 9:30 AM, until time of service at 10 AM, at Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, IL. Interment Waldheim Cemetery (Silverman & Weiss).In lieu of flowers, Blanche would appreciate a donation in her name to . For info: 847-256-5700.
Published in Kansas City Star on May 17, 2018
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