Fern C. Wernick
Born: April 10, 1933 in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg
Died: April 21, 2021 in Buffalo Grove, IL
A beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and cherished friend of many who will be remembered for her passion for her family, graceful strength through adversity, optimistic outlook, intelligence and witty sense of humor.
Favorite pastimes were extensive world travel, couple's gourmet group with close friends, being an avid bridge player, a scrabble ace and caring about people.
Fern's family experience escaping the Holocaust was documented for perpetuity when she was filmed by the USC Shoah Foundation and shared the journey that brought them to life in the United States.
Fern lived all of her years with a purpose, leaving every community and neighborhood she lived in better for her efforts to help others. She focused on the difference she could make and the positive impact of uniting with others for the greater good of all. Equality, tolerance, peace and assisting those less fortunate were just a few of her core values.
A passionate community volunteer, these are just some of her notable contributions to making the world a better place: League of Women Voters of DeKalb County, President
Northern Illinois Jewish Community Center. President
Northern Illinois Jewish Community Center Sisterhood, President
1980 Cambodian Refugee Fundraiser, Co-Chairperson
1983 NIJCC Organizer, Refusenik Support
Dekalb County Back to School Health Fair, Co- Chairperson
DeKalb City Council Environmental Awareness Committee Founder & Chairperson
1997 Awarded Women of Accomplishment Honor by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Athena Society
Cambridge on the Lake, Buffalo Grove Food Drive - Coordinator
The funeral will be graveside at Fairview Cemetery, Garden of Shalom, Friday, April 23 at noon.
Donations in memory of Fern are welcomed: Jewish Heritage Museum - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, NYC or League of Women Voters, DeKalb.
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Arrangements were entrusted to: Finch Funeral Home 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL, 60115 (815) 758-3841.
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Published by Daily-Chronicle from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2021.