Monday, July 25, 2011

"The whole is more than the sum of all parts." Aristotle

HENRIETTE “RICKEY” HARDY, 86, of Lincolnwood, IL, died Saturday, July 23 at Evanston Hospital, from complications following surgery.

Rickey was born June 13, 1925, in Brussels, Belgium, daughter of Henriette and Louis Breuer. She studied art and design at the Institute de Beaux Arts in Brussels.

Rickey married Raymond Andrew Starr in 1947, who preceded her in death in 1959. They emigrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rickey was a successful Interior Designer in Michigan from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.

In 1975 she married Kenneth Hardy and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was to remain her home for the next 35 years. Mr. Hardy died shortly after the move and Rickey became part of the community in Santa Fe, managing several successful art galleries.

Her partner of 25 years, Joseph Sommer, died in 2006, and Rickey moved into Ponce de Leon retirement community in Santa Fe and made many close friends there, until 2010, when she moved to Lincolnwood Place in the Chicago area, to be nearer to her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Jessica-Marie (Tom) Schafer; her grandsons Toby, Andrew, and Nick Schafer; her sister Marie-Louise Dehou of Brussels; her nephew Raymond (Maryse) Dehou; her great-grandchildren, Alexa, Cole, and Gabriel; and legions of devoted and loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of the US, Dept MEMIT9, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. Memorial services will be private.


  1. So sorry. My condolences on your loss. May she rest in peace.

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. You will be sad that she is no more, of course, but try also to be happy that she was with you for so long.

    My thoughts are with you.

  3. Thank you for your thoughts and condolences. I am very fortunate to have had her in my life for so many years.

    For a while, we will just take things one step at a time.

  4. Dear, however much expected, death is still a shock as well as a great loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  5. JS and Family,

    I arrived on the PCU early Sunday morning to learn the sad news of Rickey's passing hours before. My deepest condolences to all. JS, you did a wonderful job of being there for your Mom--the love between you was palpable.

    Carrie and I moved the bed out of 3403 as the storms battered the window you looked out of so often. Later, the call light went off mysteriously even though there was no one in the room (this has happened more than once after special patients have passed). I went in to shut if off, and I caught the sun peeking through the clouds and shining through the blinds. I have a feeling that Rickey was letting us know she made it through the storms of this life and is now safely in her Heavenly resting place.

    Please take comfort in your memories of this amazing lady. Those of us who cared for Rickey and befriended you on the PCU will never forget our time together. May God's peace and blessings be with you now and in the days ahead.


    Helen, PCT

  6. Wonderful photos of someone you will obviously remember with love. Very best wishes for the next few days. Take care of yourself.

  7. Oh I am so so sorry for you loss.. I hope you are ok xx Lovely photos xx

  8. Long-distance hugs and condolences, Jessica! I am so sorry for how much you must miss her and yet happy for you that you were there. Lots of love, Nina

  9. Thank you all, so much. All your words are in my heart and are helping ease the weight of grief that makes it hurt right now.

    I will post more sometime later this week.

    All my love to you as well.

  10. My condolences, Jes. You must be so pleased and proud that you were with your obviously much-loved mother at the end. What an interesting and moving obituary. Sh was clearly a great lady who had a long and fulfilling life.



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