Corinne B. Schiller | Jan. 11, 1926 - March 24, 2014

Woman was advertising pioneer

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z Woman was advertising pioneerBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent
April 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Corinne Schiller was a pioneer in the advertising world, working for clients including Quaker Oats and Oscar Meyer in the 1960s, even working as a commercial producer and director, said her nephew, David Hofferber.

“She excelled at whatever she did,” he said. “She was always willing to take challenges on.”

Corinne Schiller, 88, a longtime Crown Point resident who had been living in Claremore, Okla., died March 24. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Schiller.

She was a 1943 graduate of Crown Point High School. During the 1960s, she worked for J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency in Chicago, serving as an account coordinator. She also worked for Tuck Productions in Chicago as its first female producer.

She also worked for several Northwest Indiana newspapers as a reporter and photographer, and was a sales associate and broker with Washburn Realtors in Merrillville.

She also was involved in numerous community organizations, and recently had done marketing work for the Porter County Fair.

Schiller captured people’s attention and captivated her audiences, said Terry Hofferber, David Hofferber’s wife.

“She was captivating, very outspoken, and definitely a leader,” she said. “She had an amazing sense of humor that was very quick and very dry.”

She loved her cats, and was an avid reader. She loved all kinds of music, from Gregorian Chant to Rod Stewart.

She enjoyed gardening, and grew beautiful roses.

Schiller was passionate about photography, and loved taking landscapes in black and white.

“My favorite of hers was of five ducks in a row,” Terry Hofferber said. “It had the double meaning, of the importance of having everything in a line, as well as the simple beauty of it.”

David and Terry Hofferber said they admired Schiller for her grace and intelligence as well as her sharp mind and her willingness to help others.

She was a woman who never wanted any down time, they said.

“She was highly motivated and always on the go,” Terry Hofferber said. “She was constantly doing something.”

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