Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Martin Stern

March 8, 1947 - October 13, 2019


Date and Time

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM


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


Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann
Mishkan Chicago
Hazzan Benjamin Tisser
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

Send Shiva


Beit Olam Cemetery
60 Old Sudbury Road
Wayland, Massachusetts 01778


Rabbi Lewis Mintz


Wednesday following the interment until 8PM
Katz Residence
16 Cross Street
West Newton, Massachusetts 02465
Thursday following the service until 9PM
Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Saturday night after Shabbat
with Maariv at 7:15PM
The Stern Residence
1319 St. Johns Avenue
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
847.826.9717 or 917.579.4252

Memorial Contributions

Facing History and Ourselves
16 Hurd Road
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
Women for Women International
Global Support Center
PO Box 9224
Central Islip, New York 11722-9224


Martin Stern, 72

Beloved husband of Devi (nee Katz). Loving father of Sarah Stern (Paul La Farge) and Rachel Stern. Cherished son of Michael and the late Pearl Stern. Dear brother of Hedy (Douglas) Gort and brother-in-law of Naomi Katz Mintz (Rabbi Lewis Mintz) and Jonathan Katz (Norah Wylie). Graveside service Wednesday 3:30PM at Beit Olam Cemetery, 60 Old Sudbury Road, Wayland, MA 01778. Memorial service Thursday 4PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Facing History and Ourselves, 16 Hurd Road, Brookline, MA 02445, and Women for Women International, Global Support Center, PO Box 9224, Central Islip, NY 11722-9224, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


We encourage you to share your personal
condolences and stories of Martin Stern below and
we will share them with the family.

Arnie Tupuritis

Worked with Marty for 28 years going back to U.S. Equities days. We golfed together a number of times and used to share a laugh or two almost daily at 20 N Mich. Marty was a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to know, will be greatly missed. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Aleen Bayard

My heart is broken.
Sending love and healing energy to the family.

Don Johnson

Worked with Marty several years dating back to the U.S. Equities days. Enjoyed sharing golf stories and laughter often. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Tracy McKenzie

Kind, generous and wise, Marty was my friend. Many people are feeling this loss, may God bless and comfort the family.

John Simon

May all his family have fond memories of their time with Marty. All of us who knew him will agree he was a real mensch and a truly nice person. May his memory be for a blessing.

Yolanda Valle

I read something today that said "be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody" that was Marty.

Adele Gorenstein

Baruch Dayan haemet. Iâ??m so sorry for your loss. Condolences Debbie, Sarah and Rachel and all the family.

Scott Greenberg

A piece of me is gone. Deeply sad for the loss of a sweet, wise, funny man that loved to laugh, smile and dance. Marty's impact on the world remains bright. His impact on the world abounds. He shaped the development of many public and communal spaces. This is emblematic of how so many people loved to gather around Marty. As I occupy these public spaces around Chicago that Marty helped to shape, I will be reminded of how Marty loved being surrounded by people and shaping communities.

Diane Turner

Devi, I am so sorry to learn of Martyâ??s passing. May his memory be for a blessing. Much love to you and your family.

Robin Eisen Perkins

Marty on the dance floor will be how I remember his essence.

Sharon Meyers

What a vibrant and vital man! Marty will be so missed by so very many. His effervescence has long inspired me and will remain in my heart.

Michael and Hermine Leiderman

Rarely are we at a loss for words as we are at this moment. Marty was everything life has to offer: smarts, warmth, fun, love and sechel. We grieve for Devi, Sarah and Rachel as well as all the extended family. Marty will always be in our thoughts. We'll remember the good times - there were so many. With love from the Leidermans: Hermine, Mike, Jill and Eric

Pat Fung

My deepest sympathies to Marty's family and friends. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. I have known Marty since he started at U.S. Equities in 1988, and although I worked for other brokers in another department, for most of our time together at U.S. Equities we worked near each other and often took a few minutes to talk. Even after I retired from CBRE in 2016 we have been in contact through our love of sports. I will miss him.

Terry Wendt

Each time I had the opportunity to talk with or meet with Marty, his enthusiasm and assertiveness refreshed my determination to rise to whatever personal or professional challenges we were pursuing.

jacqueline hayes

Even in this time of sadness, may warm memories of Marty bring a smile to our faces. He will be sorely missed.

Saul Klibanow

I had the honor and pleasure of working with Marty on two major projects. The first when he was at Amoco we partnered on Northpoint in Rogers Park and later through the Urban League we again worked together in West Woodlawn. Marty was a wonderful, smart, caring individual whose knowledge and demeanor added a new dimension to everything he was involved in. He will be sorely missed.

Dan Rappel

I had the pleasure of working with Marty on a number of projects over the last decade. He was a gentleman, he was fun, he was sharp, and I will miss him. I offer my condolences and prayers for Marty's family.

Annie Robertson

I knew Marty as our beloved colorful friend Rachelâ??s father! He would show up in Portland with a wide open mind, a loving, generous heart, and a deeply playful nature! Rachelâ??s tribe all loved him and welcomed his visits. My heart is crushed for his family left behind. May his festive memory of how he lived his life help lesson the pain of his loss from this planet.

Starlight D 'Amour

Devi, my love to you and your familyâ??s tender hearts through this auspicious time of transition. Iâ??m grateful to witness the deep relation and devotion of your life together and itâ??s impact on others â?¥ï¸

Lindsay Coleman

Remembering all the laughs, joy, advice, guidance, beauty Marty showed me for most of my life, forever grateful for his boundless love. I am holding this beautiful family in my thoughts and prayers during this heartbreaking time. Sending hugs and love with positive energy too. Please know Marty will forever live on in your heart. I love you.

Judith Aiello

Marty started as a consultant but ended up a dear friend who will be missed. He was so generous with his time & talent and his creativity help us with many difficult projects. But I will remember his smile, his kindness, his love of Debby & his daughters.

Rachel Iannantuoni

We are so shocked and saddened by Marty's passing! He was a truly delightful man who always made me smile. Deepest condolences to all who loved him.

Pete and Debbie Smith

We were so sad to hear the news about Marty. We were looking forward to seeing Marty and Devi this winter. Marty was a genuinely nice guy - a truly special person. He will be missed.

Janice Widran

My heart is with you. ð??ð?¼

Martha Stack

So saddened to hear the news from our network of neighbours on St John's in Highland Park. Marty was such a kind thoughtful person who always looked out for me and my son. You leave behind many friends with cherished memories of you!

Savita Laura Jachim

Although I didnâ??t know Marty well, when I did have encounters with him I could feel his authentic heart. So warm and welcoming and a smile that was contagious. The love I witnessed between you and Marty was palpable. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him with you Devi, on several occasions.
My heart breaks for you and your family during this time of grief and transition. Holding you all in love. Knowing Martyâ??s light and love lives on in your hearts.
Savita Laura Jachim

Ellen Lavin

Devi, I was devastated to learn of Martyâ??s passing. I had seen you both having such a good time dancing together. I will miss Martyâ??s warmth and caring nature. He was a blessing.ð???ð??¢

Laurel Lester

Our sincere condolences to the Stern family and all who mourn for his loss. I live across the street and for over 30 years, Marty always waved and had a beautiful smile on his face. Just saw him recently with golf clubs! Prayers to his family. May the many good memories of him sustain you. He will live in your hearts forever.

George Miller

I knew Marty through the Chicago Loop Alliance. I always enjoyed his bright smile, dry sense of humor, thoughtful ideas, and his love of our city. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Carrie Winkler

Marty was truly such a kind, smart, warm and genuine man. I feel honored to have known him and worked with him. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Betsy and Michael Katz

We are so very saddened to learn of Marty's death--someone whom we had just begun to know and seen as part of our lives in the future. Our thoughts and wishes for healing from this pain of loss are with you.

Dan Felix

Devi, I am saddened to hear of Marty's loss. I recall fondly Marty's easy smile and warm welcoming spirit. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Joe Besch and Nichole Rudny

Both Nichole and I had the greatest fortune to be able to work with Marty over the last 2 years. He brought a sense of peace to a very difficult project, not just for us, but for so many owners in our 150 unit condo building. When he entered the room, everything was just a little brighter - every time. Peace to Devi, Sarah, Rachel and the rest of Martyâ??s family, friends, and colleagues.

Steve Bernstein

I worked with Marty when he was a consultant for Evanston and I was a member of the city council.
He was a very special person; bright, knowledgeable, caring, funny and great with people
The world is diminished by his passing.
My condolences, thoughts and prayer are with his wife and family..
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