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Stanetsky Memorial Chapel

1668 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA

OBITUARY

Isadore "Jack" Willen

May 14, 1921June 8, 2019

Isadore “Jack” Willen, 98, of Framingham, entered into rest on Saturday, June 8, 2019 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of the late Annette “Midge” (Kremen) Willen, with whom he enjoyed 73 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2017.

Those left to cherish Jack’s memory are his devoted daughters, Jane Willen Tracton of West Newton and Pamela Willen of Framingham, his son-in-law, Wayne Tracton, his loving brother, Philip Willen and his wife Beverly of Pikesville, MD, and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Ruben Willen and his wife Shirley, Martin Willen and his wife Miriam, and Rose Willen Rudolph and her husband Eddie.

Mr. Willen was born in Baltimore, MD, and upon enlisting in the army, he became stationed at Camp Framingham, MA where he met the love of his life, Annette, at a USO dance. They were married 7 months later and then he became a member of the greatest generation, serving in WWII as a scout and rifleman in Anzio, Italy, and Southern France. He was wounded in action on August 19, 1944, when he was struck in the left knee by enemy shell fragments. After a lengthy 4 year recovery, Jack worked at the Denison Manufacturing Company in Framingham and then became owner of the Cradle Shop at 48 Union Avenue in Framingham for 16 years. After the store closed, he worked for Boston Baby, Caldor, and Child World, where he worked for 23 years. After retirement, Mr. Willen and his wife Annette owned Jack’s Antiques until they retired in their late 80s. Jack loved singing and in the early 1950s and 1960s, he often sang with Mitzi Gerstein as a duet at The Meadows in Framingham. He also performed in variety shows at Temple Beth Am, Framingham, and in later years at the Callahan Senior Center. He was a loving, gentle man, and a true American hero.

Funeral Services will take place on Tuesday, June 11, at 12:30 PM at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 1668 Beacon St., BROOKLINE, MA. Interment immediately following at Framingham-Natick Jewish Cemetery, 20 Windsor Ave., Natick, MA. Memorial observance will be at Isadore’s residence immediately following interment, and continuing on Wednesday, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund (https://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/).

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Memorial Observance Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Memorial Observance Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Isadore "Jack" Willen

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Bonnie Willen Pogach

June 11, 2019

There are so many wonderful memories of Uncle Jack. I remember his visits to Baltimore and how excited we were to see him. I remember how excited he was when he saw his brothers and sister. I remember his bursting into song at home or at a gathering. I remember his trio with his sister Rose and my father Marty at my sister's wedding. I remember his visits with his Baltimore friends....especially Bob Feingold. I remember his funny stories and how he was always the life of the party. I remember how he loved sports. I even remember little things like his first taste of calamari and how much he hated it...he called it "rubber". But mostly I remember how much he loved his family....he adored his wife Midge and was so proud of his daughters! And every time I remember, I smile and feel warm inside. I love you Uncle Jack....

Erica Cohen

June 10, 2019

We will all miss you, Uncle Jack. We know you are at peace. I will always remember how you would sing, especially when you and my grandfather Marty would sing together. We will always remember you.

Love you
Erica, Jason, Marc, and Amber

Rosalyn Steinhorn

June 9, 2019

I remember Uncle Jack being the first to get up to Rock N’ Roll at our many family celebrations with all the energy and enthusiasm of folks more than half his age! Nothing stopped Uncle Jack! He would be singing and dancing at our family weddings, anniversaries, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs! Just try and keep up with him, not an easy task!!! We love you and will miss you Uncle Jack! Love, Rozzy and Steve Steinhorn and Family