When Eileen McHenry Hasse was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) six years ago, she made the decision she wouldn’t miss anything in her kids’ lives, said her brother, Bob McHenry, Jr.
“She was a regular in the classroom, along the sidelines of the field, or watching the performances in the auditorium,” he said. “Later in her life, it took a long time and a lot of support to leave the house, but Eileen found a way to see the important moments.”
Eileen McHenry Hasse, 49, of Munster, died March 10. She is survived by her husband, John Hasse, and her children Elizabeth, Sean and Quinn.
McHenry said his sister loved creating “family traditions” for her children, making up things and making them important.
“Since the kids were young the family celebrated their half-birthday, along with half a cake on half a paper plate,” he said. “I think this showed her creativity and her spunky attitude.”
Hasse had a variety of hobbies, and always had three projects going on at the same time, he said.
“She should’ve had her own show on TV,” he said. “She somehow always managed to get people to help, like Tom Sawyer and the fence. She was great at starting them, but not as good finishing them.”
People who got to know Hasse before she got sick would admire her for all she did with her kids, her brother said. Those who got to know her after she was diagnosed would say they admired her positive mental attitude in the face of adversity and her never-ending drive.
“She never slowed down. Ever,” he said. “those around her saw someone fighting for every bit of life they could get and it has inspired everyone who knew her.”