Leni Roberta L'Esperance (née Raichert) passed away on May 29, 2021 at the age of 71, in Chicago, Illinois. Leni was born to Leonard and Wanda ("Bobbi") Raichert on April 4, 1950. She lived in Wilmette, Illinois and attended New Trier High School, followed by Northeastern Illinois University, where she majored in Theater and English.
Leni had an entrepreneurial spirit and over the years owned a few small businesses, including "Model Make-Up by Leni" located in Skokie, Illinois and "Runway by Leni", a contemporary fashion boutique located in Indiana.
Leni was married to her beloved husband, Clifford R. L'Esperance (deceased), for over 30 years. After retiring, they lived in Naples, Florida for over 15 years with their dogs Lola, Fudgey-Pudgey, Coco, Toffee, and later, Bella. Following her husband's death in late 2019, Leni moved to the Edgewater Beach neighborhood of Chicago, where she lived for the remainder of her life.
Throughout her life, Leni was very creative and artistic. She loved to sing and perform in community theater, and enjoyed attending concerts, musicals, and plays. She also collected art and loved to draw.
With her magnetic personality, playful sense of humor and contagious laugh, Leni was always "the life of the party". As those who knew her can attest, she was incredibly outgoing and gregarious and wouldn't hesitate to suddenly burst into song if the urge struck.
Leni was a fantastic cook and loved preparing homemade meals for her family and friends. She enjoyed spending her days in the sunshine, tending to her garden, playing with her dogs (especially her beloved Shih Tzu, Lola) and spending time with her family.
Leni was a kind, selfless, and gentle soul who loved her family and friends unconditionally and above all else. She will forever remain in our hearts and will be deeply missed.
Leni is survived by her daughter, Blair Theisen Titcomb (Christopher), sister, Cheryl Raichert, nephew, Justin Wiesman (Kimberly), and grandniece, Erin Wiesman.
A private family memorial was held on June 5th, 2021.
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jun. 10, 2021.