To memorialize and honor IBEW 1245’s late Recording Secretary Chris Habecker, the union’s Executive Board and Advisory Council dedicated the newly remodeled kitchen at Weakley Hall in Habecker’s name.
“Chris did everything: from Unit Chair, to Advisory Council, to Executive Board Recording Secretary. She also took care of the general staff, business reps and organizers. We’ll never have someone else like her,” said Business Manager Tom Dalzell during the dedication ceremony, which took place during the October Advisory Council meeting. “This kitchen was her vision for the members. Every time we come in here we feel her presence… She was the soul of all that we are.”
During the dedication ceremony, many of Habecker’s closest colleagues and friends spoke about her warm personality, powerful work ethic and diehard commitment to the union.
“Chris enjoyed giving to other people, and that is what she did all the time,” said former Assistant Business Manager Dorothy Fortier.
“Chris was one of a kind,” said Mike Grill, Habecker’s friend as well as her business representative. “Quite the lady and quite the tiger at the same time who enjoyed respect from a lot of people.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Local 1245 President Art Freitas presented a plaque to Habecker’s husband, John, which read: “For many years Chris gave us her smile, her hard work, her devotion to 1245. She was replete with principle and filled with honor.”