Nina Marie Whitsel
Christian Funeral Home
3100 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL
Nina Marie Whitsel nee Stein passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at her home after a valiant struggle with cancer on January 6, 2022. A Technicolor presence in a grayscale world, with a passion for reading, museums, travel, bridge, dogs, people and ideas, she is preceded in death by daughter Marnie and leaves behind son Roderick (Christine), daughter Ginger Hecht (Andreas) and beloved grandchildren, Felix, Samantha, Lukas, Sophie and Scarlett.

Born and raised in Whitefish Bay, WI she grew up with her cousin/sister Carol and spent summers working on the family ranch, Nina El Rancho, or jockeying cars for her father at age 14. She attended Stephens College and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism before embarking on a PR career whose highlights included lighting the flame of the Seattle World's Fair for the American Heart Association, working on the first Ford Mustang campaign, The Cancer Society and much more. Her lifelong love of travel carried her across the globe for decades. Services will be held at 11am on Sat Jan 15 at St. Pauls UCC Live stream Internment Sun Jan 16 at 2pm Wisconsin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, spend time with loved ones, donate blood and consider a donation to her amazing oncology team at

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 11, 2022.
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Nina was "one of a kind"; a warm, generous, interested person who always brightened my day. She faced her illness and prognosis with courage and dignity. She is missed and remembered.
Barbara P.
January 14, 2022
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
January 13, 2022
We'll never forget Nina, the great and wonderful lady with a big heart. Sleep well, Nina.
Ingrid and Bucki
January 13, 2022
My most sincere condolences to Ginger and all of Nina's family and friends. What a beautiful smile--rest in peace!
Alicia Duncan
January 11, 2022
My deepest sympathy to Ginger , her family and Rod & his family. Nina will always be remember and will always be in our hearts. Rest In Peace Nina .
Ludy Egasani
January 10, 2022
The world will be a little less colorful and interesting without Nina. She was a joyous force of nature and those of us who were lucky enough to have met her will relish the memories. Condolences to her family.
Mary Ann Cascella
January 10, 2022
Mark and Julie Stewart
January 10, 2022
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