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Renee Hack, 88, Greenwich Landscaper, Artist, Dies

GREENWICH, Conn. – Renee Inez Hack, a Greenwich landscaper and artist, died June 30. She was 88.

Hack's love of flowers and plants led to her 58-year membership in the Green Fingers Garden Club of Greenwich. She served as president of the club from 1973 to 1975 and worked on many landscape and tree-planting projects in town.

Born in New York City, Hack was the daughter of Felix and Elsie Wolff Wormser. She grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., and graduated from Wellesley College in 1944. A 60-year resident of Greenwich, Hack was involved in many civic endeavors.

She staged several memorable previews of the Spring Flower shows with the Garden Club and considered "In a Maharajah's Garden" her masterpiece. She was honored with the Medal of Merit by the Garden Club of America for her contributions to Green Fingers and the town of Greenwich.

Hack also volunteered at the Bruce Museum for more than 30 years and served on its board of directors. At the museum, Hack worked extensively on fundraising, served as honorary co-chairman of the first Renaissance Ball, assisted in the museum shop and served on the collections and exhibitions committees. In 2005, she received the museum's Special Achievement Award in recognition of her service.

In addition to her flower and plant creations, Hack would design miniature rooms with objects she made or collected during her worldwide travels. She founded the Greenwich Miniaturists and curated the Small Scales miniature room exhibitions at the Bruce Museum.

Some of her creations include "Antiques Shop," "Duke's Art Gallery" and "Playroom for Very Spoiled Children." Hack loved the arts, flowers, travel and most of all, her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert Anthony Hack, of Edgehill Community in Stamford; six children, Randall Hack, of Greenwich, Gabrielle Hall, of Greenwich, Darrell Lorentzen, of Greenwich, Garrett Hack, of Thetford, Vt., Talbot Hack, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mace Hack, of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Diane W. Burke, of Princeton, N.J.; 20 grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.

A private family memorial will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830, or Green Fingers Garden Club Community Trust Fund, P.O. Box 4655, Greenwich, CT 06831.

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