Mrs. Frederick G. (Jana) Wacker, Jr. of Lake Bluff, Illinois and Indian Wells, California passed away peacefully at home on August 22, 2013, with her family by her side. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 11, 1929 to Frances and Joseph Comandatore, Jana was gifted from an early age with singing talent and a radiant beauty. She went from a movie contract with Columbia Pictures to a recording contract with Decca Records. She worked with such artists as Nat King Cole, Jimmy Durante, Donald O'Connor, and appeared on many live television programs. She married Frederick G. Wacker, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois in April 1958, and celebrated 40 years of marriage before his death in June 1998. During those years she raised her family and sang gospel music across the country. She is survived by her sister, Dolores Davis, her daughter Wendy, her sons Fred G. Wacker, III (Jacqueline) and Joseph C. Wacker, and her grandchildren Tate, Cameron, and Freddie. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, 251 E. Huron Street, Galter 3-200,Chicago, Illinois 60611 or Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270. Info - Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest, 847-234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com
Published by Chicago Tribune on Aug. 29, 2013.