V27-2 Forever in Our Hearts - Katie Remer

Vol. XXVII No. 2 - SUMMER 2016

Bob Remer, current president of the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum, lost his beloved wife of 41 years earlier this year. Katie died on January 29, 2016 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Their devotion to each other was evident to everyone who knew them – whether family, friends or acquaintances. Katie was one of those rare people who could light up a room when she entered it. When you were talking to her, you knew she cared about what you had to say, and was interested in your life, even your problems.

Katie was a pioneer African American woman in the health care field, working for several decades at Cook County Hospital. Katie’s career included supervisor of the Fantus Health Center’s radiology department, administrator of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and administrator of the Department of Surgery. After retiring, she became technical director of radiology and successfully helped transition the move of the department in 2002 to the then new John H. Stroger Hospital.

Katie, along with her husband Bob, were very active in the Edgewater community. After purchasing a second home in Freeport, Illinois, they quickly became involved there also. Katie was a passionate gardener and kept lovely gardens at both homes. She loved to travel, especially when it was to Argentina or Paris, with her husband.

Katie’s support of Bob’s vision for EHS and the museum enabled him and the other founding members to bring EHS to be the great organization it is today. It is cliché but she will be sorely missed, not only by her own family but also by the EHS family.

Rest in Peace.