Jerrie K. Fowler, 81, of Crystal Lake, Ill., died May 14.
She was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Weehawken, N.J. She was a lifelong resident of Highland Park, Ill., and wintered in Vail, where she could delight in Vail's challenging slopes. She was very athletic, enjoying tennis and golf; bicycling vacations in Europe; but most of all skiing, her real passion. She worked the Chicago Ski Show and was a pioneer with the Wilmot Mountain (Wis.) Ski Patrol and the National Ski Patrol for 50 years. She was Wilmot Patrol Director in the early 1970s (in a male-dominated world) and raced for many years with the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Patrol. She also shared her film-making knowledge by creating a film designed to recruit new ski patrollers for the National Ski Patrol in the mid-1960s. Jerrie was an enthusiastic alum of Northwestern University, attending many football games. She also collected and restored antique brass into lamps, candlesticks, furniture and many other creative objects.
Jerrie had a fascinating and rare self-made film career for a woman of her era. She developed her experience in television, movie and commercial production starting at Wilding Studios in Chicago as script supervisor before moving to her main profession as film editor and assistant director. During the early years at Wilding, she worked with Alfred Hitchcock on the 1959 movie "North by Northwest." Later, Jerrie worked on many films with director John Hughes as assistant editor, film editor and, at times, assistant director.
Those movies include "Curly Sue" (1991), "Home Alone" (1990), "Uncle Buck" (1989), "She's Having a Baby" (1988), "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987), "Light of Day" (1987), "One More Saturday Night" (1986), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986), "Weird Science" (1985), "The Breakfast Club" (1985) and "Sixteen Candles" (1984). She also was a member of the Directors Guild of America as a first assistant director for 47 years.
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She is survived by niece Katherine (Charles) Gold and nephew Francis J. (Valerie) McDonough.
Services will be Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Autumn Leaves Alzheimer's and Memory Care in Crystal Lake, Ill. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.