Date of Death: April 19th, 2021
7 Iyar 5781
ObituaryMorton Stern, 87, beloved husband and best friend of Anne, nee Wilson, for 57 wonderful years; loving father of David (Kellie) Stern and Elizabeth "Mimi" (Tom) Frale; cherished Papa of Sarah Stern (Nick Thomka, fiancé), Hannah Stern, Brandon Frale, Michael Frale and Mark Frale; devoted son of the late Rose and David Stern; dear brother of the late Iris Beermann; treasured uncle, cousin, and friend of many. Mort spent his entire career at Motorola, Inc. Five years into his time at Motorola, he met a new secretary, Anne Wilson, who would become his wife six years later. Mort retired from Motorola in 1999 as Corporate Vice President of Cellular Infrastructure. Upon learning of Mort's passing Chris Galvin, former CEO of Motorola, stated "Mort was a terrific contributor to Motorola Infrastructure business. And a superb human being. The Galvins were always appreciative of his work." During retirement, Mort kept very busy volunteering his time. Most notably, Mort was a docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum where he was a Moderator of the Holocaust Survivor Hologram. When Mort was not volunteering his time, he took great joy in building lasting memories with his grandchildren, whose love and admiration for each other was always mutual. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation at www.glioblastomafoundation.org. Private graveside service. Please attend via livestream, Friday 10:00 AM CST. For the link to view the service, shiva information and to leave condolences: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, www.shalom2.com or (847) 255-3520.
Service InformationService : Friday, April 23rd at 10:00 am
Service Location: Private Service-Live Stream Access - Randhill Park Cemetery
May His Memory Be A Blessing.
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A private service was held April 23, 2021.
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Guest Book & Memories
April 23rd, 2021
I originally met Mort at work at Motorola. Mort was a very close friend with my boss, Jim Caile. I worked for Jim for 13 years and became friends with him and his wife, Joyce. Both Jim and Joyce were very close friends with Mort and his wife, Anne. We all got together occasionally to play games together.
I remember both Mort and Jim were very dedicated to their families and their jobs. They were both very successful.
~friend, Huntley, IL
April 23rd, 2021
Dearest Anne, May your wonderful memories of Mort be a blessing and comfort to you
in the days ahead. I am always here for you.
~friend, Glenview, IL
April 22nd, 2021
Mort Stern was a friend and colleague at Motorola for many years. Mort was instrumental in the introduction of the first portable cell phone. Although the cell phone, itself, received most of the attention, it could not operate without the essential base station infrastructure that Mort helped create that connected the phone to the rest of the world. Mort continued to contribute at Motorola for the rest of a successful career. Mort, and his wife Anne, were very special to me; I think of them often, and fondly.
~Motorola Colleague, Del Mar, CA 92014
April 21st, 2021
Cecile and I were deeply saddened by the news of Mort's passing that we saw in today's Tribune. I had worked with Mort for almost 30 years at Motorola where we both collaborated in the development of cellular systems. We have memories of shared experiences developing system plans and business opportunities in many countries. Mort was always a dedicated worker and someone with whom I enjoyed sharing my work in research with his involvement in product development. When the first Motorola system was being installed, under FCC supervision, in Baltimore/Washington we enjoyed having him work with Mike McLaughlin, of our lab, to collect and analyze data for submission to the reports to the FCC for which he was responsible. The relationship only grew more satisfying over the years while cellular systems evolved in many ways, to which we both contributed, until we both retired in 1999. There are only a handful of people at Motorola who were as dedicated and essential to the endeavor as Mort for as long a period of time.
He will be missed but remembered for all his dedication and accomplishment.'
His entire family can take pride in what he did. They can also take comfort and pride in his dedication to the family as husband, father, grandfather .
~Jim and Cecile Mikulski
~Close associate at Motorola, Deerfield, IL
April 21st, 2021
Mort was one of the smartest and kindest persons that I have ever met in my lifetime. If I had a major life decision to make, I would consult "Uncle Mort" for his guidance. He enjoyed his work and family and his dedication to them was unparalleled to anyone. His presence on this Earth will be sorely missed.
Farewell Uncle Mort.
~Brother in law, Coppell
Yahrzeit Dates For Morton Stern
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.
|7th of Iyyar 5782||5/8/2022|
|7th of Iyyar 5783||4/28/2023|
|7th of Iyyar 5784||5/15/2024|
|7th of Iyyar 5785||5/5/2025|