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CHICAGO, IL - Eileen Gardner (nee Kaplan), age 96, of Chicago, formerly of Gary and Dune Acres, died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on November 8, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Leon Gardner.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Royce) Gardner, Jill (Merle Shapera) Gardner; her granddaughter, Jana (Jorden) Brok; and great-grandchildren Coco and Josh Brok. Eileen was a loving, devoted wife and mother, consummate hostess, gourmet cook, and known for her elegant style and gracious hospitality. A life-long member of Temple Israel in Miller, she loved and pursued travel, theater, movies, books, and music. Private graveside services at 11:00 a.m. will be held in Portage, IN, November 13, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. For additional information, contact Emanuel Congregation, 773-561-5173. BURNS FUNERAL HOME (HOBART) entrusted with arrangements.