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Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Arnold A. Stern

October 8, 1929September 5, 2020

Arnold Allen Stern 1929 - 2020 Springfield, IL—Arnold Allen Stern passed away on September 5, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center, the same hospital where he was born on October 8, 1929.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Doris Pressman Stern and is survived by his son Gregory (Cheron) and daughters Missy (Jerry Entin) and Tracey (Terry Harper), his grandchildren Hana Stern, Rachel (Dan Sandler), Lauren (Reid Lummus), Geoffrey Harper (Andrea), Jennifer and Amanda Entin, his great grandchildren Harper and Greyson Lummus and Theodore and Syndey Sandler and his best friend and loving canine companion Rosie who accompanied him pretty much everywhere.

Arnold, affectionately known as Pop Pop, loved and treasured his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with whom he shared birthdays, bat mitzvahs, graduations, marriages, Jewish holidays and Thanksgiving in Chicago, vacations in Cancun and much, much more. He will be missed by all of his loving family.

Arnold was the oldest of three sons (Stanley and Franklin) born to Harry and Rose Stern. He attended Butler Grade School and graduated from Springfield High School before going to the University of Missouri from where he graduated in 1951. As an undergraduate he was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity and he met his future wife Doris Pressman a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. After their wedding in Topeka, Kansas on May 8, 1951, the newlyweds went to the Panama Canal Zone where Arnold served as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and where their son was born. Most of all Arnold was an unabashed and indiscriminate lover of all things Springfield and its people places and traditions. After returning to Springfield in 1953 Arnold and Doris resided in the Pasfield Place Apartments, where they made many lifelong friends, before building their home in Leland Grove where they lived their entire married life. Arnold was an unapologetic booster of Springfield and the downtown Springfield business district where his family owned furniture stores from the early 1900(s) until the 1970(s) as well as other commercial properties. Arnold was a serious conversationalist with a vast network of friends and acquaintances whom he would listen to and share stories about Springfield, its history and development and his family's commitment and contributions to Springfield. Any stranger that Arnold ever met would become his friend by the end of their meeting. He was particularly proud of Springfield and Downtown Springfield, Inc.'s recognition of his family and their presence in Springfield for over 100 years. Arnold enjoyed dining whether from Manny's Deli in Chicago, Springfield chilli parlors, SteaknShake, the Sangamo Club, the Crab Cooker in Newport Beach and many other friendly dining establishments. He was a lover of pies and pastries and devoted habitue of Mell-O Cream Donuts for many years. In recent years he loved going from his office to Long Nine Junction next door where Emily never missed an opportunity to slip him a dessert. Arnold loved dining out with his friends and maintained a rather strict schedule for regular daily lunches and dinners that he shared with his friends. Arnold's schedule was so well known to his family and friends that you would know at which restaurant Arnold would be and whom he would be with depending on the day of the week, as those dates were considered by him to be "sacred appointments". Arnold's friendships were long lasting and treasured by all. Arnold was an avid reader and enjoyed regularly completing the New York Times crossword puzzle.

In addition to managing his family's businesses Arnold was a director of First Federal Savings and Loan where he developed lifelong friendships with the likes of John Chapin, Farrell Gay and others. He was a past president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and a devoted member and past president of the Sangamo Club where he dined regularly until earlier this year. He maintained a close relationship with Temple Israel, co-founded by his father Harry and others, and was particularly fond of its Rabbi Emeritus Barry Marks.

Arnold's friendships were vast and varied and included both the young and old. His most trusted advisors and confidantes in recent years were Larry Stocker and Mary Stockus Roach, whom he loved and with whom he had great and endearing friendships. Arnold and Mary cherished their many years of great and enduring friendship, and he and Doris thought of Mary as a member of their family. Mary's devotion to them was greatly appreciated by Arnold's children and grandchildren. Arnold will be missed by his neighbors and their children and extended families some of with whom he had maintained decades old relationships with even after they moved of the neighborhood and that were maintained right up to the present, even after moving of the neighborhood. Arnold was well cared for by a staff of devoted caretakers, including Danielle, Bessie, Chastity, Dawn and Nicole, whose friendships were all too brief. Their kindness and affection for Arnold did not go unnoticed.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, Springfield. Graveside services at Oak Ridge Cemetery will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm. Social distancing and masks are required. Friends are invited to view the service at 12:30 pm virtually by logging into Facebook and visiting the Bisch and Son Funeral Home Facebook page.

Donations may be made in Arnold's memory to Temple Israel, the Animal Protective League of Springfield or the Central Illinois Food Bank. Please visit the online obituary at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Jim Chapin

September 11, 2020

I can’t describe how much I loved this man. He was my father’s best friend. Whenever I went to Springfield, the person I most wanted to see after my immediate family was Arnold. His smile and attitude were infectious. The last time I saw him, he took me to his office and gave pix of my father that he had on the walls. I will forever see him and his smile and Doris in the gleam of his eyes.

Michael Riordan

September 11, 2020

To The Stern Family,
My deepest condolences on Arnold's passing. He and Doris were always the heartbeat of the Tophill neighborhood and were always so kind and generous to all of us annoying neighborhood kids. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that they are surely now lounging together by the pool once again.

Michael Riordan

Sherman Elliott

September 11, 2020

Rest in Peace old friend. Many thanks for your friendship and mentorship over the years. My condolences to your family and friends, you will be missed.

Beth Plzak

September 10, 2020

I will miss my great friend.

Whenever I was in Springfield visiting my parents, I loved to go through the fence to visit with Arnold and Doris.
We always had something important and wonderful to discuss with each other.

Vince Veseling

September 8, 2020

Springfield will miss Arnold. Those of us who have lost a friend offer our sincere condolences. If we are lucky we may enjoy a few good friendships. Arnold was fortunate to enjoy many. Take comfort in knowing that he is reunited with Doris.

Kristi Olson-Sitki

September 8, 2020

I lived across the street from Arnold and Doris for several years when my children were young, and they were wonderful neighbors and friends. They were incredibly supportive of me and my family during our time on Tophill, and I enjoyed reconnecting with them in the past few years. I enjoyed Arnold’s warmth, friendliness, and sense of humor. Wishing comfort and peace to his family.

Kathy Germeraad

September 8, 2020

Randy and I are so very sorry for your loss. We loved Arnie and Doris and have so many fond memories of them over the years. Arnie was so friendly, funny and always interested in what was going on in our life. I loved seeing him driving around with his dogs. I especially remember him driving Dickens around. Such a wonderful man and we will certainly miss him. He touched so many lives and leaves behind many happy memories for all of us who knew and loved him.

Kathy and Randy Germeraad

Emily Becker Kabbes

September 8, 2020

I was so sorry to receive the news of Mr. Stern's passing. I loved visiting with him several days a week at Sangamo Club, where I worked for many years. He was so funny, sweet, and a true pleasure to be around. I haven't lived in Springfield for several years, but I would think of him often as a true staple to the community and a face I dearly miss. I hope his family finds comfort in the many memories shared by his countless friends. I can see his and Mrs. Stern's smiles knowing they are together again.

Warmly,
Emily Becker Kabbes

Nancy Betz

September 8, 2020

For over 25 years, I have had the honor of knowing Mr. Stern, as we rented the 7th and 8th floor of the Reich Building. Matlins Financial Consulting, Inc. my memories are long but very special he would do anything for you. He would visit my son Adam at Charlie R's restaurant and Joseph was always talking with Arnold about his home repairs or just in general construction. My favorite memories are when his grandchildren would visit him, he would bring them to the office, sometimes he a little upset, using up his adding machine tape or his paperclips, ( the girls would make necklaces, the adding machine would come into our office from his and if you knew Arnold he never wasted anything. When my son lived in Chicago we both loved the same breakfast restaurant in the Lincoln Park Area. It is sad to know he will not be here to just chat with or for him to even ask if we had free coffee. to could I fax his reservation for Mexico, as him and Doris would travel to each year. I have to say he is one in a million and truly be missed by so many..

Sangamo Club

September 8, 2020

Sangamo Club has lost a great friend who supported us for 58 years. His smiling face and sense of humor will be missed by all of the staff. We send our condolences to his entire family during this difficult time.

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