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Dec

Funeral Details

Fay Harris

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OBITUARY

Fay Gerrick Harris, wife of the late Harold, mother of Alan (Linda Chaplik), and Scott (Cheryl Ellenby), Nana to Hugh (Amy Liu) and Sophie (Harry) Vorhoff, daughter of the late Ann and the late Max Gerrick , sister of the late Miriam (the late Sid) Harris and the late Judy (the late Jerome) Rose, cousin to Jordan Kaplan and aunt, cousin and friend to so many. Fay lived an extraordinary life of 99 years devoted to her family, both immediate and extended. She grew up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago surrounded by her grandparents, aunts and uncles, and soon after marrying moved to Skokie, Illinois where she and Harold raised their family. They lived in Skokie until moving as empty nesters into Chicago's bustling new Lakeview scene of the early 70s. Harold and Fay had a story book marriage filled with love of family, golf and travel. She was known, both to the friends of her sons and grandchildren, as the "hottie" mom/grandmother because of her exuberance and beauty. Ahead of her time, Fay was a working mom who spent cherished years working in interior design, including in the employ of her dear friend David Russ. In her quiet, gentle, but resolute manner, Fay endured the loss of her husband Harold, the love of her life, in 1986 and soon thereafter bravely challenged herself. At the age of 70, wanting to be a daily part of her very new grandchildren's lives, Fay moved from Chicago to Minneapolis where her son Scott and his growing family lived. She quickly became the toast of the town as Minneapolis discovered her natural charm, warmth and dedication to people. But her love and devotion to Hugh and Sophie, and their love and devotion for her, were unmatched. Sleepovers at Nana's and samples at Byerlys became one of many rituals these three shared regularly. And because family meant everything, Fay arranged for spring breaks in Europe for all of her children and grandchildren, staying at magnificent rental homes well before there were any Airbnbs or VRBOs. By her late 80s with her grandchildren grown and off to school, Fay focused on yet another challenge and opportunity to give back. This was her volunteering as a teacher's aide and tutor for a diverse, exciting and loving elementary school near her home in Minnetonka. Nothing was more exciting than celebrating Fay's birthday at Aquila School where the children made cards, posters and had treats in honor of "Fay Day". She often said that the children and staff at school added years to her life. Fay was loved by all who knew her. Her daughters-in-law had a best friend in Fay. So many people did. She cared more about others than herself. She opened her splendid home to so many with love. Most of all, she valued kindness, appreciation and respect for others. She was incapable of hurting anyone. Those who knew her were in awe. She was magnificent inside and out and these gifts were exchanged with her newest, remarkable friends and caregivers, Felicia Ford, Libby Edelston, Rabin Osborne and Laya Osborne. Hers are often labeled simple gifts when they truly are so rare. They are why living without her, despite the richness and beauty of her life, will be so painful. She will be missed beyond description. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the interment service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Council of Jewish Women, www.ncjwmn.org, Jewish Family and Children's Service, ACT program, www.jfcsmpls.org or Friends of Lafitte Greenway, www.lafittegreenway.org/donate. To attend the funeral live stream on Sunday 1:30PM CT and for zoom shiva information, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals-Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com




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Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow

Kindness... consistent, real, profound kindness... is not easily found in life. From Fay Harris there was only kindness. My husband Richard and I loved Fay and will always love her as one of our life's special people. Although Fay is my sister Linda's mother-in-law, I always felt she was mine too. Fay was giving and loving and empathic in her quiet but wise way. One could only love her. Fay was an elegant soul and woman. It is our blessing that she gave us our brother-in-law Allie and the Harris family and it is our gift that she gave us herself. I do believe that Fay is now in her Harold's arms. It has been a long wait. Thank you, dearest Fay for your kindness, love and caring. You are eternally loved and unforgettable!
Elynne & Richard Aleskow

Stephanie Linn

Condolences from the Linn/Krantz family. May Fay’s memory be of comfort to you. Love, Stephanie, Seth, Sam and Max.

Karilynn Gulick

I am sending my thoughts and prayers for Fays family through this difficult time. I had the pleasure of working with Fay through hospice, although I wouldn’t consider it work. They were simply meaningful lovely visits. I connected with Fay instantly. I wish I could have met Fay sooner! She would always offer me lunch, and after many times of denying because work policy, I caved. I said of course I’d have lunch! I knew it meant the world to her, as it meant the world to me too. She always offered me advise and a coat before I’d leave! And you could certainly tell Thats who she was. Always cared about everyone. I was blessed to have lunch with her one of the last times I got to see her. And I want to thank her WONDERFUL care takers for all of the help and for the time I got to spend with Fay. Fay I miss your beautiful smile already. You are one of a kind. And because you use to say this to me when we said goodbyes, I wanted to say “love you doll. ;,) you always have a special place in my heart.

Susan Chaplik

You always hear people say you can choose your friends but not your family.
When Linda and Alan married I or I should say "we" were all so fortunate to have both dearest family members and dearest friends to enter our lives. Fay, Harold, Scott and Alan what a blessing. As life continued we were so fortunate to meet and adore amazing Cher as well. Soon wonderful Hughly arrived and then dear Sophie. Years later we have been blessed with incredible Harry and sweet Amy... who could ask for anything more...
Fay, who I also called my mother-in-law and dearest friend has been such a blessing in my world. I have learned to many lessons about life through her beautiful values which have made a huge impact on my life. These are lessons you never forget. Fay always knew the love and admiration I had for her. Our communication was constant. May she Rest In Peace. I know Dear Fay is having a wonderful reunion with her loving Harold and magnificent family.
I love you so , Dear Fay, today and always!
Susan
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