May the memory of "Opps" be with us forever
  • 72 years old
  • Born on August 8, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • Passed away on October 2, 2012 in Palos Park, Illinois, United States.

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.


 

Posted by Eileen Belmonte on 2nd October 2018
We all miss you very much. Today is just one day of the countless days we remember you with sadness but also with laughter because of all your funny quirks that we miss so much (like how you pronounced "sorry" and "pillow" ;-). You must know and I'm sure are very proud that you are blessed to have such a loving and supportive family. You left the love of your life (Bunny) in good hands. Rest In Peace, Bro, and keep our loved ones entertained until we are all reunited. Love, Eileen & Jimmy xo
Posted by Andrea Hacker on 2nd October 2018
Too sad to say much today. It seems like an eternity! Your children and grandkids are awesome and I know that you see that. With all our faults, we must have done a few things right! I know you will continue to watch over our family. Miss you and love you every single day.
Posted by Mark Hacker on 2nd October 2018
We miss you dad. I know that your grandkids are keeping you smiling!
Posted by Jerry Hacker Jr. on 2nd October 2018
Hard to believe it's been 6 years...feels like yesterday. Miss you and love you very much. I know you are looking down upon us.
Posted by Mark Hacker on 8th August 2018
Happy Birthday dad. I know that you are with Madison and me on our college tour this week. Love you and miss you very much.
Posted by Andrea Hacker on 8th August 2018
Happy 78th birthday honey! Time is moving so quickly. We miss you beyond words. You can be so proud of your family and the "Hacker" name. The boys have certainly brought much honor to that name and you. Thanks for the amazing sons you gave me and for taking care of all of us so well in your lifetime. Jerry, Alison, Olivia, Sam and Mark, Mindy, Madison and Cristian have made my life happy and filled with love. You are loved by all...especially me. God continues to bless our family. I thank Him every day! You are my OAO!
Posted by Eileen Belmonte on 8th August 2018
Wish you were here to celebrate your 78th birthday. There are so many things we miss about you that keep you forefront in our minds. Our faith reminds us that you are in a better place so enjoy your birthday with all our departed loved ones. Happy Birthday, Jerry. We love and miss you very much, Eileen and Jimmy xo
Posted by Eva Belmonte on 3rd October 2017
Love & miss you very much Bino! I think about you so, so very often - mostly because you were my #1 fan and I knew when I was in need of advice you would be the first in line to help me no matter what. I knew there wasn't anything you wouldn't do to make me smile and you only wanted the absolute best for me. P.S. your two sons are looking out for me now and doing a great job so don't worry. Love Eva xo
Posted by Eileen Belmonte on 2nd October 2017
Yesterday Jimmy and I were in Michigan City and ate at one of your favorite places, Swingbelly's. We miss your excitement introducing us to new places that made your "favorites" list. We reminisced about you through dinner as Jimmy ate fried lake perch in your honor. Rest in Peace, Bro. We miss you very much. Love Eileen & Jimmy xo
Posted by Mark Hacker on 2nd October 2017
I miss you. Thanks for teaching us so much and for always being there when we needed you. I know that your grandkids are making you proud! I love you.
Posted by Andrea Hacker on 2nd October 2017
One thing I've learned in the 5 years...time passing will never make me miss you less. We had great times and challenging times but we shared them TOGETHER. I miss that "together" so much! I can never thank you enough for the sons we have and the families they have. God bless you. I pray for you every single day. I dream of you every night...so please...just let me sleep a little :)! Love you honey.
Posted by Jerry Hacker Jr. on 2nd October 2017
Hard to believe it's been 5 years. It still seems surreal and truly unfair to lose you so early in life. However, you have made a lasting mark on all of us that has filled us all with love and laughter. Dad, I love you and miss you very much.
Posted by Olivia Hacker on 2nd October 2017
Missing you so much, Opps. 5 years feels like just yesterday. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I'm so happy knowing you're always watching down on me, Sam, Madison, and Cristian. (And hopefully sending me some good luck during midterms week!!) Love you always. -Pud
Posted by Eileen Belmonte on 8th August 2017
Miss celebrating your birthday over a pizza and a glass of wine pre-ordered by you - whether I wanted it or not :-). I bet even at 77 I'd be telling you that you must be dying your hair because I never saw any gray. I'm always thinking and praying for you; please do the same for me because it's not easy getting older. One thing is for sure, you will remain forever young in my mind and always be close to my heart. Happy Birthday, Bro.
Posted by Andrea Hacker on 8th August 2017
Happy Birthday Honey!!! Miss you very very much...time doesn't make it easier. I'm sure you are happy knowing what wonderful sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren you have. They are all amazing. You also would be pleased to see who your nieces and nephews have picked to be their loves in life...and I know you would be the first to sneak ice cream and chocolates to their little ones! You loved to misbehave and it still brings smiles to our faces when we think of everything you would do. Friday night pizza is not the same for everyone since you are gone! You definitely left your mark on all of us. My life is good and my only complaint is that I can't share it with you now. You are close to me and in my dreams almost every night...and in my prayers. Loving you always....
Posted by Julianna Wroblewski on 8th August 2017
I often think of you still.....what a tribute that you are still with us all even though you are gone. You were like a second dad to me....a man we all could always count on. I hope you can look down at Tommy Jr.....you would love cubby cheeks. love u Unc.
Posted by Mark Hacker on 8th August 2017
Happy Birthday Dad! Love you and miss you every day. We will try to get you back-to-back World Series Championships but we need some pitching help. Throw the deuce!
Posted 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
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted by Andrea Hacker on 8th August 2016
Happy 76th Birthday honey! You are always in my heart and thoughts. Love you.
Posted by Eileen Belmonte on 2nd October 2015
Love and miss you, Bro. Eileen & Jimmy xo
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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!
Posted 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!!
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by Mike Davern on 8th August 2014
Missing Unc. I have to say that the pictures are a hoot. He is missed every day.
Posted 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!!!
Posted by Mike Davern on 6th October 2013
I like the pictures when we all look skinny. Just saying.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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

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