Funeral Details

Steve "Doc" Mendelson

May 14, 1959 - March 14, 2024


Date and Time

Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 2:00 PM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Buffalo Grove Chapel
195 North Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Rabbi Barry Schechter

Interment - Private


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1375 West Dundee Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Following the service until 8PM

Memorial Contributions

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
215 West Illinois Street, Suite 1C
Chicago, Illinois 60654
American Cancer Association
P.O. Box 6704
Hagerstown, Maryland 21741


Steve “Doc” Mendelson, age 64.

Beloved husband of 32 years to Pam nee Jensen. Dear father of Jenna Mendelson, Sarah (Davis) Hunt, and Lauren Mendelson. Devoted son of the late Warren and Fern Mendelson. Cherished brother of Alan Mendelson and Dan (Scott Cook) Mendelson. Proud uncle of Allie, Lindsey, Jessie, Elizabeth, Nathan, and Erik. Fond nephew of Joan Chukerman.

Steve was a passionate professor for over 30 years beginning at Robert Morris University in Chicago and later at Roosevelt University where he loved guiding and mentoring students. You would often find him at the university’s sporting events, supporting students and showing his RMU pride. An avid sports fan, Steve loved to cheer for Chicago Sports teams like the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Sky. A former Hoosier himself, he was still waiting for Indiana to return to the Bobby Knight glory days while he cheered for The Ohio State University and the Butler Bulldogs after minimal convincing from his daughters. When not watching sports or teaching, you could find Steve going on excursions with his family. Whether it was Broadway performances, movie theaters, or arcades, he loved spending time with his girls.

Steve placed a large emphasis on family, both blood and chosen. His aunts, uncles, and parents (Joan and Mitchell Chukerman, Beverly and Bob Silverman, Henry and Rhoda Frank, and Fern and Warren Mendelson) instilled in him the importance of family. Steve loved being the “fun uncle” joking around with nieces and nephews. Steve grew up in Highland Park, and is a lifelong resident of the North Shore. If he wasn’t at own home, you could find him at Shelly and Marilyn Simon’s playing baseball with David “Scooter” Simon. He graduated from Highland Park High School where he was lovingly referred to as “Doc” by his chosen family who knew even then that he would be a professor.

Service Sunday 2 PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 N. Buffalo Grove Road (One block north of Lake Cook Road) Buffalo Grove. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation of Illinois 215 West Illinois Street Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60654 or to American Cancer Association P.O. Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741 Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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You were a kind and caring brother and I will miss you.

Dan Mendelson
March 14, 2024
You were a good brother to me and a gentle man to everyone. I will miss you.

Alan Mendelson
March 14, 2024
Pam and Family, we are so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. May his memory be a blessing.
Jon, Denise, Joshua, and Ethan Handler

Denise Handler
March 15, 2024
Dear Pam, Jenna, Sarah, and Lauren-
So sorry for your loss. Sending lots and hugs and prayers from Virginia. I have so many fond memories with your family. Your Dad was an awesome man and his legacy will continue to be carried on through all of you. May God continue to carry you each day and may you feel his loving arms wrapped around you.
Love you all!

Jennifer Payne
March 15, 2024
I worked with Steve for many years at Robert Morris University. He was kind, funny, and dedicated to his profession. He often talked about his love for his family. He was truly a wonderful colleague and friend. He will be missed.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Cathi Stark-McGrath
March 15, 2024
Steve was such a great guy. He was the one who hired me to teach at RMU in 1993! He was a great mentor and friend. I was so grateful to have long chats with him last year at Roosevelt U. We reminisced about the good old days at RMU and shared some of our funniest stories from back then. He will be missed.
Peace and love to his dear family.

Peg Berezewski
March 15, 2024
I worked with Steve at Robert Morris University and looked forward to seeing him. He was steady in his demeanor, attitude and humor. He always asked about others; what a great listener.
He spoke about his wife and daughters with pride and grace. My heart goes out to you all.

Molly Zahorik
March 15, 2024
I worked with Steve for many years at RMU. A wonderful, kind and clever man. Generous to students and faculty with his knowledge and energy. May his memory be a blessing.

Margarite Loew
March 15, 2024
Dear Mendelsohn Family,
I'm very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We met in Mrs. Bixby's kindergarten class and were friends through high school. My memories of Steve and his delightful sense of humor will always be with me. Moira

Moira Wilson
March 15, 2024
I worked with Steve at RMU for nearly 20 years, and made the switch with him and Dr. Atre in 2004 to the Lake County Campus. The three of us shared the same office space and had many interesting conversations over the years. I do remember how very proud he was of his daughters. I'm glad I got to know him--he was a great guy all around. So very sorry for your loss.

David Belotti
March 15, 2024
Great growing up a block apart, cuz. Love to your girls and brothers from the San Diego Silvermans.

Ed Silverman
March 16, 2024
I’m very sad to hear about Steve’s passing. I worked with him for 9 years at RMC. He was a truly nice, caring, and decent guy. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him. My deepest condolences to Pam and the entire family.

Joe Flynn
March 17, 2024
Sorry for your loss, Steve was a wonderful person and a great father you could always see that shine thru in your family.

Many blessings,

Rob, Jennie, Victoria, Gavin, and Colin

Rob Greynolds
March 23, 2024