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Hannah E. Zeller
October 24, 1991 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 32) 32 Years Old
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Hannah Zeller, 32, left us on October 29, 2023. Hannah suffered cardiac arrest following a choking incident. Hannah graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School. She then went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, majoring in Community Leadership and Art History. She later received a Master of Social Work from Dominican University. She was recently employed by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, where she was Programs Manager - creating programs supporting children and youth mental health. At the end of October, she was to begin a new role at the American Academy of Pediatrics as the Program Manager for Prevention of Youth Suicide.
Hannah loved black coffee, gold jewelry, her dog, Zoe, autumn, Gilmore Girls, art museums, Erykah Badu, astrology, Thai food, The Sopranos, fine cheese, red wine, and wearing the color black. Hannah was passionate about art, theater, mental health support, and advocacy for the unhoused. Hannah became involved in theater at a young age. Aside from performing, Hannah directed a number of shows through the BRAVO Performing Arts Academy and at Oak Park River Forest High School. Hannah was involved in choir in both middle school and high school and also sang in a female a capella group.
Hannah was a giver, even at the end of her life. She had signed to be an organ donor. All of her viable organs were donated through Gift of Hope. She will live on in those recipients, and in us.
Hannah is survived by her mother and father, Julie and Craig Zeller; her sister, Madeline Zeller; her grandmother, Marilyn Zeller; her uncles Erik Johnson and Kirk (Carla) Zeller; aunt, Marcia Griffin, and a number of cousins. Hannah is also survived by her chosen family of honorary Aunts and Uncles, and countless friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on November 18th at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church of Oak Park. 324 North Oak Park Avenue. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to honor Hannah by donating to Erika’s Lighthouse or Housing Forward.