Linda Wacks

Obituary of Linda Glassner Wacks

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Linda Glassner Wacks: February 27, 1945- September 16, 2021 Linda Glassner Wacks was born on February 27, 1945 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Sophie and Frank Glassner. Linda attended Douglass College, where she met and married her husband,Edward Wacks, while he was studying law at Rutgers University. They had a beautiful marriage for 54 years. Linda and Ed’s oldest son, Jeffrey Wacks, died of cancer in 1996, when they established the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund, of which Linda was director. The fund raised money and coordinated programming for the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Memorial Hospital where Linda retired as its coordinator of volunteers. Linda continued to be a tireless advocate for cancer patients, even through her own illness with cancer, and was honored by the Summit Medical Group Foundation for her work bringing the “Music in the Atrium” series to its patients. Linda and Ed also established the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Scholarship at the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St Louis, which continues to support emerging artists as they begin their careers. Linda was an accomplished parent and grandmother, excelling in the virtues of love and care of her family. The title Linda was most proud of was "grandma"— joyous in caring for Jude and Vivian Small (in Brooklyn), and Ella, Sacha, and Jonah Wacks (in Manhattan). Whether she was commuting from New Jersey to spend a day watching them as toddlers, baking elaborate cakes,or being there for a hug and snuggle, she loved her family deeply. Linda passed away at the age of 76, comforted by her family and friends — her husband, Edward Wacks, her children Melissa Wacks (and husband Len Small) and Greg Wacks (and wife Sarah Wacks), and five grandchildren. The family kindly requests donations in memory of Linda may be made to: Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund online at, or checks made payable to: JFW Memorial Fund, and mailed to: P.O. Box 6, Convent Station, NJ 07961.
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