Dana L. Wood Chaney, 48, passed away early in the morning of Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in the comfort of her home in Chicago after battling with an aggressive form of cancer.
Dana, an accomplished writer and storyteller, focused her life on the stories of those struggling against injustice and oppression in fictional and nonfictional settings.
Her nonfiction work “Regarding the Suffragists,” which examines the origins of the women’s right moment and compares it with current women’s rights organizations, is under review for posthumous publication. Her short story “The Moving Tree” won Chicago Public Radio’s Stories on Stage and was produced as a dramatic reading at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and broadcast on WBBM.
She had numerous other works and publications, including a collection of fictional short stories based on the very real plights faced by the people in Africa reported in the news.
She is survived by her parents, Richard and Jeanie Wood; her sisters and their spouses, Darci and Mike Underwood, Devon and Roger Bing, Deanne Wood and Dawn Malosh; and by her husband, Todd.
Her unshakable idealism, faith in others, and the dignity and grace with which she faced her own fate serve as a shining example to us all and a reminder of what we are all capable of.
She will be missed but remembered.
Funeral services took place Saturday in Michigan.
Arrangements were handled by Michalik Funeral Home in Chicago.