Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Sheldon Engelhardt

March 27, 1924 - April 6, 2018


Date and Time

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 12 Noon


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077


Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation


Westlawn Cemetery
7801 West Montrose Avenue
Norridge, Illinois 60706
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Engelhardt Residence
502 Rivershire Place
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069

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Following the interment until 10PM
Minyan 8PM
Thursday and Saturday 4PM - 10PM

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Memorial Contributions

Jewish United Fund
30 South Wells Street
Chicago, Illnois 60606
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60202


Sheldon Engelhardt

He could be charming, witty, generous and warm and yet irascible and as hard and unmoving as steel. Sheldon Engelhardt, who made a career turning his father's tiny Chicago meat-packing operation into a full-grown supplier of Chicagoland grocery stores, died at age 94 Friday April 6, 2018, at his winter home in Juno Beach, Fla.

He crossed France and Belgium as a 20-year-old private with the 79th Infantry Division in World War II and returned home to work in the family business, driving a truck (and sometimes using the backseat of his car) to deliver meat from the Chicago Stock Yards to small grocers. After the death of his father, Henry, in 1957, he took over the business, Henry Engelhardt & Son, and moved it from the Stock Yards to its own building in Forest Park, Ill. Establishing a reputation as an honest business man with a sharp pencil, he won the loyalty of a fledgling Chicago grocer, Paul Butera, who would open a chain of grocery stores rivaling Jewel -- all supplied with Engelhardt meat -- ?Meat with Flavor Meets with Favor,? or as some wise-cracked, ?Engelhardt meat can?t be beat, except with a hammer.? He expanded the Forest Park plant in the early 1970s, remortgaging his Skokie home, and thrived. He bought cattle from Iowa and Colorado and was among the first to embrace the industry's shift to boxed beef and chicken. Facing changing consumer tastes, he sold the business and his skills to Berlinger Meats around 1980 before a heart attack sidelined him and led to early retirement.

He loved all Chicago sports teams but one above all. He was one of the few Chicago Cubs fans who could say they watched and adored the World Series-bound 1932 team of Stan Hack, Billy Herman and Gabby Hartnett with equal (or perhaps greater) reverence than the 2016 World Champions of Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez and Jake Arrieta. He happily (miserably) endured all the years in between.

After retirement, he split time with his wife, Annette, between Chicago and Florida. He mellowed (slightly) and took time to indulge his seven grandchildren but continued until only weeks before his death to engage in the deal-making he so loved, be it bananas at Costco or trading automobiles with car dealers.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Annette (nee Bernstein); sister Rema (the late Jay) Waxman; daughter, Karen (Richard Stern) of Chicago; sons, Henry (Diane Briere de L?isle) of Cardiff, Wales; and Joel (Donna Kamp) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Leah Stern and Damien, Adrian (Kelsea Shaver), Shanna, Tara, David and Emily Engelhardt. Services will be at Chicago Jewish Funerals in Skokie on Wednesday April 10, 2018. Memorials may be made to the Jewish United Fund in Chicago or the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Ill.


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Mark and Linda Bachmann

Sending a hug to Annette and the whole family. We know Sheldonâ??s memory will be for a blessing and, if in fact we get to meet again, Lester is smiling. ❤️

Alicia Grossi

My Deepest Sympathy to you and your family for your loss.

Jim Fosco

My condolences on your loss.

Larry, Marty and Tony Stephens

Marty, Tony and I came to know and love Sheldon and Annette in the present decade. The two of them were mirrors of our lives. Annette, like Marty is loving and sensitive and Sheldon, like me was a real hard charger in his youth and as he aged he became a man of humor and wit. We loved our times with them as our next door neighbors. We send our greetings to his family and trust for G-d's blessings on them as they go through the "Valley of The Shadow."

Barbara Segel

To the Engelhardt family , I was saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Engelhardt. I always enjoyed seeing him on his way to watch his beloved Chicago Cubs. My sincerest sympathies, Barb Segel, guest services in suites at Wrigley Field.

Denise Carr

Dear Engelhardt Family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. I will miss seeing him at Wrigley Field this summer. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Denise Carr
Premier Guest Services, Suite Level, Wrigley Field

Deborah Otto

Dear Engelhardt Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Engelhardt's passing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Watching him come up the ramp to the suite level at Wrigley Field was something we waited for. Being a true fan, I am so happy he was able to see them win in 2016. We will miss him, he was special to us. Deb Otto, Premier Guest Services, Suite Level, Wrigley Field
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