Adelina Mary Lynn
Adelina M. L. Hanke (nee Fantacone) ascended to the throne of God the Father and His Son on January 1, 2023.
“Lynn,” to everyone who knew and loved her, was a first-generation American born to Italian immigrants Pietro “Peter” and Giovannina “Jennie” Fantacone in the City of Brotherly Love and forever will be remembered for her Philadelphia Smile, shining often and bright throughout the majority of her long life and still aglimmer during her valiant battle against Alzheimer’s Disease this past decade.
On her transition she is honored by her husband of 63 years, Glenn Edwin Donald Hanke, daughters Karen (Jim) Stodola and Robin (Richard) Brownlie, son, Edwin Fredrick Stephen Hanke, granddaughters Sara Lynn (Ryan) Groy and Emma Mae (Brian) Endres, and great granddaughters Marlee Lynn and Lyla Jo Groy.
She is further survived by her brother Louis Fantacone and sister Carmela “Connie” Wheeler and numerous nieces and nephews, and was preceded in passing by her parents, her brother Joseph and sister Rosemary Deegler and a nephew, Richard Deegler, as well as her mother-in-law Mary Jane Drawdy, sisters-in-law Mary Jane Fantacone and Elsie Fantacone, and brothers-in-law Albert Deegler, Robert Wheeler and Robert Hanke.
Throughout her life Lynn also made countless friends in such locales as her native Philadelphia, San Francisco, the greater Milwaukee area, and Marco Island, Fla.
Special thanks to the staffs of Senior Helpers of Racine, Hales Corners Care Center and Aurora Hospice, who worked tirelessly and with the utmost compassion to care and provide comfort for Lynn and her family during the final years of her earthly journey.
Among her passions Lynn enjoyed cooking, gardening, crafts, entertaining, Bridge, bowling, boating, the beach, black licorice, white chocolate, music and movies, “Dynasty,” “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars,” her husband’s cars and, of course, flashing that Philadelphia Smile.
In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) in Lynn’s memory.
“Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, (but) rather find strength in what remains behind…” –William Wordsworth
More than love.
Please join the family starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, at Heritage Funeral Home, 4800 S. 84th Street, Greenfield, to honor Lynn’s life in pictures and song. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m. with an opportunity for those who wish to share personal fond memories of Lynn.