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Gerald John Hacker Sr. "Opps"
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 8, 1940
  • Place of birth:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 2, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Palos Park, Illinois, United States
May the memory of "Opps" be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Gerald J. Hacker Sr. "Opps", who passed away on October 2, 2012. "Opps" was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.  We will love him and remember him forever as he touched all of us in many ways. 

Gerald J. Hacker Sr. “Opps” Age 72. U.S. Navy veteran. Beloved husband of Andrea “Bunny” (nee Oliva). Devoted father of Jerry Jr. (Alison) and Mark (Mindy). Loving grandfather of Olivia, Sam, Madison and Cristian. Dear brother of Joanne Anastasia. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends. 42 years of service with Westinghouse/Schindler Elevator Co.


 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 2nd October 2016

"Four years is a long time missing you, Bro. We often think of you and recall fond memories.  You would be very proud of your family. Your sons and daughters-in-law are very attentive to Bunny and your grandchildren are loving and respectful.  We have to believe that you see and know all this and that they bring you immense joy and pride.  Love Eileen & Jimmy xoxo"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 2nd October 2016

"The boys and their families all went to Mass, breakfast and cemetery today with me on your four year anniversary.  You raised great sons and they married great girls and you have wonderful grandkids. (Wish Olivia could have been with Madison, Sam and Cristian but she called from college this morning to say she was thinking of you and me too.)  Thanks for giving me the kids and all that I am grateful for.  Sold the townhouse yesterday...I know you are looking out for me!  I know it is a new beginning for me but all my memories are coming with me.  Love you always!"

This tribute was added by Mike Davern on 8th August 2016

"Always thinking about Unc. Especially when I see a barn that needs burning down, something he always joke that he wanted to do."

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 8th August 2016

"We often reminisce about the good times and laughs we shared.  We love and miss you very much.  Happy Birthday, Bro.  Love Eileen & Jimmy xoxo"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 8th August 2016

"Happy 76th Birthday honey!  You are always in my heart and thoughts.  Love you."

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 2nd October 2015

"Love and miss you, Bro. Eileen & Jimmy xo"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 2nd October 2015

"Today you are gone three years honey.  Sometimes it seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like forever.  Miss and love you always.  You would be so proud of your family and our extended family.
You will always be remembered and loved."

This tribute was added by Mark Hacker on 8th August 2015

"Happy Birthday Dad.  I know you are with us every day.  I love you and miss you.  Go Cubs!"

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 8th August 2015

"Happy 75th, Bro. Bet you still don't have any gray hairs!  You're forever young while we continue to age and turn gray :-).  We love and miss you very much, Say hello to the family.  Love, Eileen & Jimmy xo"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 8th August 2015

"Happy 75th Birthday honey!!! I wish we could be throwing you another big surprise party but I know you are being celebrated today. I miss you more every day.  Fifty-nine years of memories not forgotten!  Love you."

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 21st June 2015

"HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, JERRY.  You would be very proud of your family and the fact that your legacy lives on.  We love & miss you very much, Bro.  Eileen & Jimmy xoxo"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 21st June 2015

"Happy Father's Day honey!  Really miss you!  You would be so proud of your sons...loving, fathers, husbands and sons...but I know you knew that before you had to leave us.  Three of our grandkids graduated this summer and we felt your presence.  All of us love you!  You definitely left your mark in this life!"

This tribute was added by Jerry Hacker Jr. on 21st June 2015

"Happy Father's Day Dad! I think of you every day and miss you and love you! Wish you were here!!"

This tribute was added by Julianna Wroblewski on 4th October 2014

"Hi Unc.....I think of you often and for some reason you show up in my dreams.....its really like you are there and its so weird.  I have never had that experience.  I am glad you are still with me and even if you leave my dreams you will always be with me.  I hope you can see the kids....Justin is doing really well and you would be proud of them all.  I wish you could have been there for Thomas's wedding.......You would have loved the food!!   Today when I made Justin a sandwich....he was sick so he let me make it.....I made that sound you use to make when you give someone food and it was going to be the best food they ever ate.  I am a foodie....and if you know the skinny gods up there maybe you can send me some help!  LOL.   Sam is doing amazing and I know you would be proud of her too....all of them.  Watch over them and keep them safe.  Thanks...love you.  P.S. Aunt still misses you tons but your boys are taking care of her amazingly."

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 3rd October 2014

"How could  2 years have passed?  Sometimes it seems like we lost you yesterday!  The boys and their families have taken such good care of me.  You taught them well!   You would be so very proud of your sons, daughter-in-laws (daughters), and grandchildren!  I know your eyes would be misty with happy tears if you saw how the children have  grown up in such a short time.  They are wonderful!  Your presence is felt every day in our lives.
On a lighter note...I know pizza night with our family was always your favorite night of the week! All of us somehow come up with a story about you each time we gather…and laugh.  It just isn't the same for my sisters, brother-in-laws and Eva without you!  Our nieces and nephews have returned your love and help through the years by always being there to help me too.  You were and are loved by all of them too.
I will never stop missing or loving you.  We know you are watching over us.  Thank you for leaving us such great memories!"

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 2nd October 2014

"Two years have passed and it hasn't gotten any easier not having you here with us.  We wish you could be here celebrating with us on our recent marriage.  I'm certain the news made you very happy.  You now have a legitimate brother-in-law after 32 years!  Jimmy misses you too and frequently talks about you. You got him in the habit of using a "K-Cup" twice, and he reminds me that you did the same thing.   I guess you're rubbing off on him; I'll have to find out from Bunny how I should  deal with that :-)!  We love and miss you, Bro."

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 8th August 2014

"There's hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of you and miss you.  I wish you were here to show me the ropes on this "retirement" phase of my life.  I have a feeling we would be frequenting your favorite restaurants (and casinos), and I'd be packing on the pounds just so you could enjoy watching me eat!  Oh, the things I'd do for you! Happy Birthday, Bro."

This tribute was added by Mike Davern on 8th August 2014

"Missing Unc. I have to say that the pictures are a hoot. He is missed every day."

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 8th August 2014

"Happy Birthday honey!  Heard from both our sons early this morning.  We all celebrate, love and miss you on your birthday and every day! None of us will ever forget the love and life you gave us.   I hope you are very proud of your boys and their families.  They are amazing.  Love you always hon!!!"

This tribute was added by Mike Davern on 6th October 2013

"I like the pictures when we all look skinny. Just saying."

This tribute was added by Julianna Wroblewski on 3rd October 2013

"How blessed I was to have Unc in our lives......He was so close to me and the kids.  I think of him often and how he impacted our lives in so many ways.  He was special to so many of us...especially my Justin.  I know he is looking down on him today and is so proud of what he and Thomas and Sam are accomplishing. Sending prayers to you Aunt...love you"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 2nd October 2013

"This morning, on the first anniversary of my honey passing, I had a Mass said for Jerry.  Today is the Feast Day of the Guardian Angel. The priest said that God gives us a guardian angel to accompany us through life and when the journey is over..our angel brings us back home to God.  On this meaningful feast day, a year ago, Jerry's guardian angel brought him home to God.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Gloria Davern on 2nd October 2013

"Missing our Brother-in-law, Jerry, everyday and thinking about all the happy times and fun experiences.  I need things in my home, I know if he was here today, they would be done!!..and it would be perfect!
Jerry, look down on your wife and keep her safe and sound!
Always in our thoughts, Love, Gloria Jean & Tom"

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 2nd October 2013

"It's so hard to believe that it has been a year since your passing.  On one hand it seems like yesterday, but on the other hand it seems like its been years of missing you.   Our only consolation is knowing that you are in a better place free of all pain.  We love you and miss you a lot, Bro.  Eileen & Jimmy xo"

This tribute was added by Mike Davern on 11th August 2013

"I got to go with Unc to several elevator jobs back in the 60's and got to look over the city from some of the big buildings downtown. That was very cool. He was always like a big kid and he was the first person we would call when something around the house would break down, which was always happening. Love him and miss him as we all do."

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 8th August 2013

"You have to be smiling down on us knowing how much we love and miss you.  We're sure you are there in spirit on Friday nights and it's comforting to know you're watching over us.  P.S. We aren't getting any better at figuring out the tip :-).  Happy Birthday,Bro,hope you're having a big party with our dearly departed family and friends."

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 8th August 2013

"We spent 56 birthdays together...since we were 16!  Today is your 73rd birthday and I miss you very much.  I know you are in a much happier place with God on this birthday.  You are thought about, missed and continue to be loved by all of us each and every day.  Happy birthday, Honey!"

This tribute was added by Mark Hacker on 8th August 2013

"Today would have been Dad's 73rd birthday.  Toast in his honor today.  Happy Birthday Dad!  We miss you every day."

This tribute was added by Laurie Katz Berrien on 28th October 2012

"Anyway, as I was saying...before I was cut off (eeek!):
Jerry was loving, supportive, interested, protective & I can't remember one negative thing that he said!  He will be sorely missed but he's at peace, stuffing himself with sweets & smiling down on us."

This tribute was added by Laurie Katz Berrien on 28th October 2012

"“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
Jerry had a great sense of humor & a laugh that was contagious.  He knew that family was the most important thing, and honored & accepted many people by including us in that circle.  He was loving, supportive, interested, protective & I can't remember one negative thing that he"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 13th October 2012

"Chicago Tribune Post:October 13, 2012
Dear Bunny and Family, we are so saddened with your loss and ours. I enjoyed working with Gerry at the Gateway Buildings in the 1960's when I was across the river. I used to kid him about his never ending questions about elevators. I will miss him. Ron & Rosalie Schloss
~  Ron Schloss, Columbia, New Jerse"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"Chicago Tribune:

October 03, 2012
Bunny and family- Surprised, shocked and saddened to hear this news.
We are so sorry for your loss.
~  Rich and Pam Roth, Coatesville, Indi"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"Chicago Tribune:

October 04, 2012
One is not gone as long as there is one to remember.
~  Randall Denning, Chicago, Illinois"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"Chicago Tribune:

October 04, 2012
Bunny and Family
So sorry for your loss. Jerry was not only a good boss, but a good friend as well. God's blessings to you at this time.
~  Ted Shank, Elmhurst, Illinois"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"From Chicago Tribune:

October 04, 2012
Deepest sympathies are offered on your dear loss. During this difficult time "Draw close to God and He will draw close to you,". James 4:8
~  Daniels Family"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"From the Chicago Tribune:
October 04, 2012
To The Hacker Family-
I had the honor of working and knowing Gerald through my working years and we share the sorrow of your loss.

God Speed.

Lee Ann and Ken Livingston
~  Ken Livinston, pompano Beach, Florid"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"From Chicago Tribune:
October 04, 2012
Dearest Bunny, Jerry Jr, Mark & Family,

May God bless you during this difficult time. Cousin Jerry will be truly missed. Espcially by my parents, who were so very fond of Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Love, Dale,Denise,Kyle,Kelly,& Lyric Sauter"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"From Chicago Tribune:

October 04, 2012
Mark and Family
So sorry for your loss - my sympathies to you and the family during this difficult time.
~  Dru Deering, Motorola Solutions, Schaumburg, Illin"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"From Chicago Tribune:
October 04, 2012
I had the opportunity to work with Gerry in Chicago. He was a great guy and I am sure he will be missed Donald and Betty Lee"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"From Chicago Tribune:

October 04, 2012
Bunny and family:
Sorry for your lose , Had the pleasure of working for him he will be missed.
~  Thoms Fang and family, Arlington Hts, Illinois"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"From Chicago Tribune:
October 07, 2012
Dear Bunny:

Maggie and I were so saddened to hear of Gerry's passing. He was a great guy and I really loved working with him in those fun days in Chicago. I know you miss him and the only thing I can tell you is it will get easier over time. It's just really hard right now.
Our best to you and your family.
Bob and Maggie Duncan"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 12th October 2012

"Tributes from the Chicago Tribune:

October 07, 2012
Dear Bunny and family, sending deepest sympathy, I will keep you in you in my prayers, may you find peace. Sincerely, Mary Tucci
October 07, 2012
Dear Bunny,and cousin Jerry Jr.,
We are so sorry of the loss of your wonderful husband and devoted father.
what a fun loving man. May his memory be a blessing. Love,
Laurel and Barry Abramowicz and fa"

This tribute was added by James Dalicandro on 6th October 2012

"Salt & Pepper Diner $25
3rd Row Behind Home Plate $318 per Seat
Frozen Malt  $5
An Afternoon Game at Wrigley with Jerry......PRICELESS!!!"

This tribute was added by Olivia Hacker on 5th October 2012

"Opps was the best grandpa anyone could've had. He was always there to love, support, and help anyone that needed it. Every time I was with him I was smiling. Whether we were eating sweets or he was teaching me to drive, we always had a great time together. I love you so much Opps & I know you are in a better place with God. Thanks for being an amazing Opps. I will miss you forever. ~Pud"

This tribute was added by Dina Crimmins Tucci on 5th October 2012

"I'm Blessed to have 5 Amazing Beautiful Aunts who have given me 5 Amazing Strong Unlces. "Unc" you ALWAYS took the time to chat with me with words of encouragement and Strength. You always took care of us all however you could. You are now Missed here sadly but at Home now with Jesus. I Love You and Miss you and Thank U for being My Uncle, my children Love you and Miss you the same! xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Michel Gerlicher on 5th October 2012

"Dear Hacker Family;
While I never had the opportunity to Meet Mr. Hacker Father, through Jerry I shared some of his big love for his father as well all the pain he had for last past few Years.
I would like to join all of you, take some of your pain, pray for his soul.  Knowing his empty will never be filled, for sure he will stay unforgettable  in the deep of your heart.  Good blesse his soul an"

This tribute was added by Patrick Walls on 5th October 2012

"Whenever we would go to Mark's house, Mr. Hacker always had a story or witticism that left us laughing.  Many of those witticisms I admit to still using today.  You will be missed, Mr. Hacker, but you leave behind 2 wonderful sons who will carry on your legacy!  Your soul will forever be in my prayers!"

This tribute was added by Sam Hacker on 4th October 2012

"When I was three and four, whenever Opps was over at our house and lying down on the couch, I would jump on him. I would make poses in the air, and when I landed on Opps, he would say, "Ooff!" and laugh. I love you very much Opps, and I know you are having a good time in Heaven. I miss you so much."

This tribute was added by John Belmonte on 4th October 2012

"Uncle Jerry, while you saved the day for me countless times, what's  inspirational is how many other people you did this for.  From childhood whenever I do some handiwork I make it good enough so you'd be proud; it doesn't matter if you ever see it.  You had an instant connection with Lisa and Luca and shared your joy in such a short amount of time.  You are always loved."

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 4th October 2012

"From Sue & Florian Domino. Dearest Jerry, We've always been proud to call you our brother-in-law. From the moment Florian came into our  lives you were like brothers & you were always a big brother to me. Thank you for all the advice you gave us on everything from electronics to sweets. We will miss you Jerry & we love you very much.
P.S.  Love ya man!!!"

This tribute was added by Andrea Hacker on 4th October 2012

"This is from Gloria & Tom: our brother-in-law Jerry was a very big part of our lives. He helped us in every major decision that we had to make. He loved us so much ~he always had our back! He loved our children as much as he loved his. He was with us for every occasion. He helped Tom with all his businesses & always gave us  great advice. We will miss him because we love him very much!"

This tribute was added by MaryAnn Cook on 4th October 2012

"I didn't know Mr. Hacker but have the privilege of being a colleague & friend of his son, Jerry, these past 12 yrs. I know that family is 1st with Jerry & I pray as a family you find the strength & comfort in each other and your memories to sustain you through this time. Mine and my family's prayers are with you all. God bless."

This tribute was added by Mark Hacker on 4th October 2012

"Dad, I love you and miss you very much.  I will never forget the strength, bravery and courage that you displayed throughout your fight with pulmonary fibrosis.  I am so proud to be your son.  Know that you have left a tremendous legacy, one that will be carried on tirelessly by your two sons and four grandchildren, and that is simply and powerfully: "family first.""

This tribute was added by Dan Call on 4th October 2012

"While i never had the opportunity to meet "Opps", i have had the distinction to be a colleague and friend of his son Jerry for the last 13+ years.  It has always been obvious how important family and his Mom and Dad are to him...a gift he passes along to Sam and Olivia!  In this light, knowing the sadness you all must feel, i sincerely send my family's heart felt sympathies and prayers!"

This tribute was added by justin wroblewski on 4th October 2012

"Uncs was a great man and was always there if you need to talk or to help out with anything.  He was a great uncle and he will be missed dearly.  Im glad I got to see him before he took his final journy to the after life.  Thanks for everything you will not be forgotten.  He always spoiled me with plush horse, golf clubs, and an N64 system.  Love you uncs!"

This tribute was added by Ken Kuller on 4th October 2012

"He will be missed. You know he was a great family man as you see it in his sons and their families and how they treat people. I only met "Opps" a couple times. I am certain that his legacy will forever be carried forward in amazing ways as his extended family will always carry Opps with them in their hearts and actions. May the peace of his love, memories and Gods grace comfort you all."

This tribute was added by Eileen Belmonte on 4th October 2012

"We all fall on hard times now & then, and I was truly blessed knowing that my "Bro" was there for me at a moments notice, never letting me down.  I will miss him chauffeuring us around; introducing us to the best restaurants; seeing the enjoyment on his face when he's about to eat one of his favorite meals or walk into a casino. He loved me like a sister, and he'll forever be in my heart."

This tribute was added by Eva belmonte on 4th October 2012

"My Godfather "Bino" was a great & loving man. He was a wonderful influence on me and supported me and guided me all my life. Bino tried his best to give me security in my future. He was always the first to offer me help during some very stressful times in my life & I knew I could count on him for anything. I could not ask for two better Godparents in the whole world. My love forever, Eva"

This tribute was added by anthony crimmins on 4th October 2012

"Unc, as he was called by many of us, I had the priveledge of working for and with you.  I may have thanked you a hundred times, but it's the one last time I will miss. You gave me the opportunity to work in such a premier trade and give myself and my daughter a much better way of life.  I carry my union card with pride and dignity because of you. Forever in my heart Unc."

This tribute was added by Maureen Crimmins on 3rd October 2012

"My sisters and I are so blessed to have each other, but more than that I have brothers in laws that have given me such loyal support.  There is Tom, Florian, Jimmy and of course, Jerry.  I never felt alone when I was alone,  I never felt weak even though I was weak.  Each one of my brothers were always there for me.  But Jerry gave me strength when I had none.  I'll forever be grateful. xo"

This tribute was added by Mark Hacker on 3rd October 2012

"This tribute is from Madison:

Opps was a great person and a wonderful grandfather.  He gave me ice cream for the first time and always made me laugh.  I will miss his hugs so much.  I love you Opps.  I know you are in heaven."

This tribute was added by Jerry Hacker Jr. on 3rd October 2012

"We were blessed to have a wonderful father. He loved his family more than anything in the world. Although his life ended much too soon...he truly lived a full life in which he had a lasting influence on many people. He taught us to always put family first and to lead our lives with integrity and strong work ethic.  Dad, thanks for everything. I love you very much and will miss you forever."


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