Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Arthur A. Bierman

June 12, 1923 - January 22, 2022


Date and Time

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM


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


Rabbi Karyn Kedar
Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim


Zion Gardens Cemetery
6758 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60634
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Memorial Contributions

Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
1201 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
The Jewish War Veterans
1811 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009


Arthur A. Bierman, 98, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2022. Born and raised in Chicago, he was the son of the late Edward and Esther (Mandel) Bierman, and devoted older brother to Marvin (Charlene) Bierman. Art was married to the love of his life, the late Zora (Bass) for almost 62 years. He always talked of his love for Zora and their wonderful life together. His favorite line to others was, “We only had two fights during our marriage, and she won both!”

Art was a loving father to David (the late Katherine) Bierman (Merle Gleeson) and Lois Bierman, proud grandfather of Shanna Bierman (Lisa Hill) and Melissa (Michael) Dobkin, cherished great-grandfather of Desiree and Lyla Dobkin, fun uncle of Cynthia (Bierman) Triola, Pamela Bierman (Rick Christopherson), and Jeffrey (Gail) Bierman, and caring great-uncle to Anthony (Jessica) Triola and Chris Triola. He was a friend to everyone, whether he knew them well or they had just met.

Art lived through the Depression, attending 13 grammar schools before the family had enough money to pay the rent to stay in one place permanently. He became a ham radio operator in his youth and used his technical skills (particularly radar) while serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Marines on Guadalcanal during WWII, then later he ran phone patches between members of the military and their families back home during the Vietnam War; and before computers came into full operation, he participated in a daily activity where ham radio operators checked in from across the U.S. to indicate if their local hospitals needed eyes for a patient or had eyes available from a donor. He helped so many to see again by what he facilitated.

Art found his niche in sales and had a long, successful career in his own neon shop early on, then later with large outdoor sign companies. He was most proud of the signage (and scoreboards) he was involved with at Wrigley Field, Foremost Liquors, Gurnee Mills, and Superdawg, just to name a few. When he wasn’t working or talking to ham radio operators around the world, Art and Zora loved to travel within the U.S. and outside the country. The top of his wish list was to see the Egyptian Pyramids, and one year that wish was fulfilled.

Art’s humor, kindness, and inner strength carried him through everything life had in store for him, the good and the not so good. He put family and friends first and always moved forward doing what he thought was best. His life was an example to all. He was quite simply a very good man whose giant, gentle footsteps will be impossible to fill.

Service will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 10:00 AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 North Buffalo Grove Road (one block north of Lake Cook Road), Buffalo Grove. Interment will take place at Zion Gardens, 3600 North Narragansett Avenue, Chicago. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. This option will be available for anyone not comfortable attending or not feeling well. Masks and other Covid precautions will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions be made to Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015, or the Jewish War Veterans, 1811 R Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009,

Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dear David and Merle,
We will be thinking of you on Thursday. It is always so difficult for one you love to take leave. We send our deepest sympathies. Love, Joe and Fran

joe dunn/ fran faller
January 26, 2022
I met Arthur only once, and he made an extremely positive impression on me. He was friendly and warm, just like his son, and had a great sense of humor. More than that, he was as interested in me as I was in him. I immediately knew that he was both a great father and a great person and I am honored to have met him.

Tony Valicenti
January 26, 2022
David, I didn't know your Father but I know how much you loved him and what a wonderful man he was. You will miss him always, and Merle treasured his friendship so much. I am truly sorry. Elke Nicholls

Elke Nicholls
January 27, 2022
Cousin Art Bierman has always been our hero. His kindness, humor, good-nature, generosity, love for Zora, Lois, David, brother Marv and Charlene will always be remembered. Some of the most memorable times were of Art teaching our son, Mark, and nephew, Wes, about his ham radio and electricity. Another was his joy of gift giving. Whether it was for our daughter Jill, our son or our grandchildren, he always made sure they had something special from him. Art was a fabulous cousin and friend to us and our brother, Bud Margolis, and sister, Joyce Schroder, and to all he encountered. Art was always a positive personality to be around. We love him and will never forget him. Art, Rest In Peace.

Cousins Jack and Fran Blumenthal
January 27, 2022
We are so grateful for the time we spent with Art. He filled our hearts with so much joy and gave us fun, loving memories that we will carry forever. One example of those special moments was when Art and dear Zora visited us in Las Vegas. Art had a way of making everyone and anyone feel so special. And this was very true for our young daughter. He took her by the hand into the gift shop and let her pick out any stuffed animal she wanted. She still treasures that dog to this day and always will. He didn’t know this at the time, but that simple act of love has had a positive, lasting affect on our family. Also, we cherish a very special photograph from that day. It captured the moment Art & Zora were walking with little Carly as they held her hands between the two of them. He will forever be in our hearts. Love, Steve, Jill (née Blumenthal), Nick and Carly King

Jill King
January 27, 2022
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