Emilie “Lee” Kaercher (nee Hasselbach), age 90, of Western Springs, formerly of Forest Park, passed away peacefully on Oct. 27 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. Born Aug. 4, 1920 in Maywood to the late Emma and David Hasselbach. She was the youngest of six daughters.

She met and married the late Larry Kaercher in 1946 when they were both working for American Torpedo at the Naval Ordinance plant in Forest Park. She and Larry were married 46 years at the time of his death.

Loving mother of Diane (Tony) Sammarco of Western Springs and Kathleen (Michael) Schiffman of Western Springs. Devoted grandmother to Adam and Matthew Sammarco and Elizabeth and Zachary Schiffman.

An example of strength, determination, hard work, loving devotion and an unparalleled sense of humor, she will remain an inspiration to all who knew her.

Laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery following a private service.