Funeral Details

Lee Sachnoff

April 2, 1951 - November 3, 2023


Date and Time

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 12 Noon


Congregation Or Shalom
21 Hawthorne Parkway
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061
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Rabbi Ari Margolis
Cantor Laurie Akers
Congregation Or Shalom


Shalom Memorial Park
1700 Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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Sachnoff Residence
629 Mountain Road
Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
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Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning at 4PM concluding at 7PM with a minyan service.

**Please note there is no parking available on Mountain Drive, please park on Scranton.**

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Lee Sachnoff, Age 72.

Beloved husband of Cheryl for 35 years. Loving father of Rachel Sachnoff. Dear brother of Susan (the late Bob) Frankenstein. Cherished uncle of Cari (Eric) Gold and Jamie (Greg) Steckler. Lee founded Braeside Displays, a company that designed and manufactured displays. He loved woodworking, model trains, sailing, traveling, and his fellow human beings. Funeral Tuesday, 12 Noon at Congregation Or Shalom, 21 Hawthorn Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Interment Shalom. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Or Shalom, or to the charity of your choice. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dear Cheryl,
Bob and I are so sorry to hear about Lee's death. We have enjoyed having both of you in our Friendship Force group. Please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do for you at this time - or any time.

With friendship and love,

Marcia & Bob Weissman
November 5, 2023
I will miss Lee’s booming laugh and positive nature. I always appreciated how he asked me questions and so attentively listened to the answers. He was such a gem and I am so thankful to have seen him at our family reunion this summer. Sending my thoughts and love to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Sarah Elwell
November 5, 2023
Cheryl & Rachel: I am so very sorry for your loss. Lee was a wonderful person, kind, caring and dedicated to making our community a better place. Our village is a much poorer place without Lee Sachnoff. He will be missed.

Kathy O’Hara

Kathy O’Hara
November 5, 2023
Dear Cheryl and Rachel,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Lee. There are no words to adequately express our sadness. Lee was a great friend and a kind, generous man. He will be remembered fondly.

Love, Judy Z

Judy Ziner
November 5, 2023
Cheryl and Rachel, I am so very sorry for your loss and wish you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Lee was an amazing person with a remarkable life. His fun loving personality and story telling ability will be missed by everyone. I feel so lucky to have spent time with him over the years as part of our family. Please know I’m here for you in anything you may need. Holding you both close in my thoughts, much love, Laurie

Laurie Elwell
November 5, 2023
Thank you for sharing your love of model trains with the community. Every time we walked with our grandchildren to the beach we would always walk by your house! Thank you so much! Lee will be missed!

Lynn Miller
November 5, 2023
I am heartbroken by this devastating loss. Doug and I are thinking of the family and know Lee's memory will be a blessing. We are sorry we can't be with you at this time

DIANN Landers
November 5, 2023
As steward of Old School Forest Preserve I was lucky to have met Lee and compare stories of sailing and adventures and bring him into our stewardship fold. His concerns for the environment also led him to a committee influenced by Lake County Audubon Society to help make Lake Bluff a bird city. He relished learning and sharing and will be missed by all the volunteers that met him. Glen Moss

Glen Moss
November 6, 2023
I am so incredibly sad that my cousin "Yee" is no longer with us. I will miss him and his quick wit, caring personality, story telling, generosity... I could go on and on.
When at one of Lee and Cheryl's Sukkot parties, if someone asked how I knew Lee, I was always so proud to say that he was my cousin. I have wonderful memories of our childhood (which we would laugh about quite often) and all of the years following, which I will now cherish even more.

Cheryl and Rachel - My heart and love go out to both of you. Please know that Rob and I are here for you and whatever you may need.

Much love,

Doree Fried
November 6, 2023
Lee was someone who, quite simply, made a difference. His magical train setup outside his home has brought delight and joy to generations of Lake Bluffers. The free library outside his house is charming and always filled with good books. And he made possible a true improvement in the quality of lives of thousands of residents here by spearheading the gas-powered leaf blower ban. Lee was a sweet man. He will be greatly missed.

Gary Doyle
November 6, 2023
Lois was such a wonderful person. She will be missed! May she be a blessing to you and her family!!

Lynn Miller
November 6, 2023
What a pleasure it was to chat with you over the years and share in the joy your yard brought to so many. Our 5 grandchildren were as delighted as we were to know that during their visits to LB, we would be rounding to 'Mountain Trains'. Thank you for your community spirit and multiple talents.

Dee & John Tiffany
November 6, 2023
Dear Cheryl:
We are heartbroken to learn of Lee's death Lee was kind and caring. He was a a person with all sorts of interests and expertise. He was a great listener and supporter.n.We was fun loving and funny. He was a person of action and conviction. He loved people and the earth we share In short, he was the best and his memory is a blessing for me and many many others; Our prayers are for you and your family.

Art Shriberg
November 6, 2023
I didn't know Lee well, but feel like he was a dear friend that I had known my entire adult life. Maybe I did know him; his calm and kind demeanor, his listening and reverent ear, his passion and compassion for our shared environment. Lee was always watching for ways he could help, and the fist to offer a hand. He was a dear friend whom I will miss. My sincere condolences to Lee's serving family.

Marcus Norman
November 6, 2023
I haven't known Lee as long as I wanted to. His bright and charismatic personality was a joy to be with. Lee and I had many plans for things to do in the coming years involving woodworking, his "hideout" on Beaver Island and my property in northern WI.. I will miss my conversations with him and most of all his companionship.

David Bettaud
November 7, 2023
Dearest Cheryl and Rachel,
There are truly no words. No words can convey my love and concern for each of you , your family, friends. I was just broken when I received your email today.
Lee was an amazing, treasured, trusted friend and confidante. I too am so glad he brought us into your life. Eric was so fond of Lee also. Lee was so supportive as Eric’s health declined; always giving , always caring.
My love and prayers are with you.

Lynn Steckel
November 7, 2023
When Lee joined our family the world became brighter. Family gatherings more joyful. More love to share. Lee’s heartwarming laughter and unending energy filled every occation with light.

A happy, kind and gentle man, he graced our lives and the lives of others with generosity and love. His many talents were shared with his family and community both in Lake Bluff and Beaver Island. He built a incredible outdoor train station and Little Free Library for the neighborhoos to enjoy. He led a life of volunteerism and was dedicated to enriching others - a life of service. And yet, Lee was always ready for the next adventure, be it transversing to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, traveling abroad or sailing with the whales in the Alaska. He was a man who lived life with passion.

Everyone loved Lee, how could you not? His big smile, hearty laugh, engaging personality and thoughtfulness endeared him to all. Brilliant and witty. He loved his family fiercely - a wonderful father and husband. One could easily see you both were his whole world. He loved and adored you with every breath.

Cheryl and Rachel, we share in your heart break. For truly the world has lost an amazing soul. So, so greatly missed…
Much love, Lee Anne

Lee Anne Fowler
November 7, 2023
We are so sorry to hear the news of Lee’s passing. He was such a kind, welcoming person who always made time for a chat when we walked by, He cared deeply about helping others and I appreciated his thoughts on how to help people who experience homelessness and those who live with serious mental illness. Even before we met him, he brought a lot of joy to our whole family with the beautiful train display at their home, and it was a destination on many walks. I wish I had known him longer, but I have learned more about him through these tributes. Our thoughts are with Cheryl, Rachel, and all who were lucky to have known him. May his memory be a blessing.

Tom & Sandy Hart
November 7, 2023
Dear Cheryl,
I don’t know if you remember me. I met you a few times. I used to work at A.G. Edwards in LF. That is where I re-connected with Lee. I would see him around LF occasionally and he was a year older than me at HPHS and we knew many of the same people.

I am so sorry for your and Rachel’s loss. Lee was soft spoken and always had a smile on his face and had a great laugh!

Keep your memories close your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,

God Bless,

Pamela I. Bennett-Ori

Pam Bennett-Ori
November 9, 2023