In Memorial

Alex Pinsky

Date of Death: May 29th, 2020
6 in Sivan 5780


Alex Pinsky, age 92, beloved husband of Helen Pinsky (nee Weiss); loving father of Janet (Gadi) Cohen, Galit (David) Gottlieb, Milton (Elizabeth) Pinsky and Martin (Cindy) Pinsky; cherished grandpa of Sevonne Cohen, Anat (Mark) Brinkman, Maya (Eli) Sussman, Danielle and Rebecca Sassower, Gabe Gottlieb, Matt, Emily, Claire, Sarah, Joe and Sam Pinsky: treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Services are private. To leave condolences and for information, including link to view service: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home (847) 255-3520 or

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February 4th, 2021

 Sean ONeill

Milt and I were neighbors in Evanston. Met his Dad several times at Milts house for family events.
He was a delightful and charming good spirit. May Peace always be with you Alex.

~Sean ONeill
~Friend of Milt, Virginia Beach, VA

June 13th, 2020

Dear Helen,
I mailed a note to you as soon as we learned of your profound loss, but today it was returned as undeliverable. I used the Stowe Ct. address. So here is what the note said.
Dick and I were very saddened to read in the paper of Alex's death. After being your neighbors for 11 years, we got to know and admire both of you and have always been grateful for your advice about traveling with grandchildren. Due to your example we've enjoyed many unforgettable trips that are among the best experiences of our lives.We know you had a long and wonderful marriage and hope that your memories and family will bring you comfort.
Dick joins me in sending our deep and sincere sympathy.
Sue Wellek

~Susan Wellek
~Friend and Neighbor, Northbrook, IL

June 3rd, 2020

So sorry. Please accept my heartfelt condolences

~Mark Gelfeld
~Friend, Northbrook, il

June 3rd, 2020

Family? A mystery. I met Alex in Yiddish Club at the North Shore Senior Center several years ago. He told a story and mentioned Tarasha, Chernigov Gebernia. My Mother was born in Tarasha. My ears perked up since I had never met anyone other than family who mentioned Tarasha. And he pronounced it the same way that she did, not just , Tarasha, but Tarasha, Chernigov Gebernia. I tried without success to get more information from Alex. A few weeks later Alex told another story and mentioned family from Staradub. My Grandmother's family was from Staradub. I contacted Alex's family and we had lunch with Alex, his wife and daughter. We could not put together any family connection.
Rest in peace Alex.

~Seymour Rothstein
~, Highland Park

June 1st, 2020

Condolences to Helen and family. We always enjoyed our visits with Alex. From them we learned of and appreciated his service as a mentor. We hope your memories are of more happy times. May he rest in peace.

~Audrey and Frank Griffiths
~Former Neighbor, Northbrook, IL

June 1st, 2020

Galit and family- May your dad's memory be for a blessing for all your family and may his memory give you comfort and joy. What an amazing family he and your mom created. Sending love and the warmth of friendship. Betsy & Joshua Epel

~betsy epel
~friend, Greenwood Village

June 1st, 2020

Sending love to all of you. I will always think of Alex as someone who lived his life with incredible joy and gusto. When he entered the room, he really entered the room and was always interested in what was going on with us, and what funny stories we had to tell, and always loved sharing his funny stories. He was funny, he was enthusiastic, he hugged people tight and genuinely enjoyed their company. He was a character in the very best sense of the word and had a voice and laugh I can hear clearly in my mind, even though we didn't see each other that often. His absence will leave a big hole in the world, but his legacy of love and the kind, funny, engaging, warm, and genuinely delightful children he raised ensures his mark on eternity. Much love to our Chicago family in this tough time and enormous hugs. Look forward to when the hugs can be in person. ❤️

~Eileen Heisler
~cousin, Pacific Palisades, CA

June 1st, 2020

My condolences to Milt, Marty, Galit, Janet and the entire Pinsky family. Alex was one of a kind and I will never forget his smile and laugh. His eyes would light up the minute we engaged in conversation. If I saw him in the kitchen, my 2 minute walk to the kitchen would last 30 minutes because he always had a story to tell. Alex, you will be missed!

~Melissa Poffenberger
~Former Banner Employee (Legal), Port Barrington, IL

June 1st, 2020

Condolences to the Pinsky family, and to all of us that were lucky enough to have Alex touch our lives, for his passing is a loss for all of us. To me, Alex is best remembered for his exuberance of spirit. His smile, his joie de vivre, truly lives on as a guiding light for us to aspire to.

~Bob O’Connell
~Friend, Valparaiso, Indiana

June 1st, 2020

What a great guy. A sense of humor and sharp mind. Loved my parents and enjoyed his many visits. We will miss him.

~Frank and Mara Simon
~Cousin, los angeles

June 1st, 2020

I have so many wonderful childhood memories of Alex. Most especially all the times our families would spend time visiting, playing music and going schpatzeering. I wish you all strength and send you my love in this difficult time.

~Howard Pfeifer
~Friend, Chicago, IL

June 1st, 2020

May Alex’s memory be for a blessing and May you get strength from those around you.

~Toby deutsch
~Cousin, Highland park

May 31st, 2020

Please accept my condolences on Mr. Pinsky's passing. I have fond memories of your family and him. My recollection of him is of someone kind, positive, and very accepting of a neighbor boy who spent far too much time in his home. I feel honored that he once referred to me as a "little pisher". My best to his family.

~John Petitt
~former neighbor, Arlington Heights, IL

May 31st, 2020

Alex was my first and favorite mentor. I cherish the five years I worked for him, Milt, David and Marty. He helped reinforce my faith in humanity that there are still good people in this world that want nothing more than to help young people succeed with ethics and morality always in the forefront. He was also not afraid to say April, you are being stupid by looking at it that way. How can you not love and adore that type of brutal honesty?!?! You taught me the true meaning of mentoring Alex, and I will always be grateful for having the pleasure of being part of your life for a little while and will never forget what you taught me and promise to pay it forward. Love, April

~April Daly
~Friend, La Porte, Indiana

May 31st, 2020

I first met Alex in the mid to late eighties. He called on me as a CPA to discuss investment opportunities for my clients. i was successful in his eyes and he graciously recognized my efforts.

Many times I enjoyed being with Alex, traveling throughout the city (he preferred to drive) examining properties, discussing politics, family and social issues. He was very candid with me and I found him to be a man with strong convictions and honest to a fault. Alex and his firm were practicing "full disclosure and transparency" before it became a popular phrase.

I learned a lot from Alex, not only dealing with potential investors, but people in general.

Yes, he was opinionated, but that's something I admired about him. It made for good spirited conversations. We did not always agree, but we did agree to disagree. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.

My most sincere condolences and continued nightly prayers to the entire Pinsky family.

Mike Sabella


May 31st, 2020

What a sweet and gentle man. His Yiddish was impeccable and he brought smiles to all of his classmates faces. He will be missed,may he rest in peace. Charlene Ackerman

~Charlene R Ackerman
~Yiddish class friend, LAKE FOREST

May 31st, 2020

This love was a divine orchestration. May all beings experience it’s greatness. Sevonne Cohen

That smile.
The light in those eyes.
The way that head shook in awe.
Those fingers that couldn’t squeeze a plump cheek tightly enough, lips clenched aiding the effort.
The hands that flipped over as shoulders shrugged and face said it all.
The words of total certainty.
The words of guidance.
The words of reverence.
The words of regret.
The tones of voice.
That laugh.
That laugh.

~Sevonne Cohen
~1st Grand Daughter, Guatemala

May 31st, 2020

Dear Janet and family,
We are very sorry for your loss. We wish you strength from your family and community that surrounds you, even those not visible due to Covid. Extending hugs. Cherish your memories.
Love, David and Rebecca Eisenberg

~Rebecca and David Eisenberg
~friend, Skokie


Yahrzeit Dates For Alex Pinsky

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
6th of Sivan 57815/17/2021
6th of Sivan 57826/5/2022
6th of Sivan 57835/26/2023
6th of Sivan 57846/12/2024
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