Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home

111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, IL


Dr. Marty Grais

November 2, 1939August 11, 2019

Ira Martin Grais, MD age 79, of Lincolnwood, IL passed away quietly at home on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Son of Benjamin and Ruth Grais. He married the love of his life, Renee (nee Goldman) 58 years ago on March 19, 1961. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War where he received the Medal for Outstanding Meritorious Service. As a devoted Cardiologist for over 45 years his unfettered passion for patient care and for teaching was unsurpassed. He is survived by his wife Renee, three children, Sheri (Chris) Tokarczyk, Robin Speizman, and Ben (Charna) Grais, ten grandchildren, Samantha (Collin) Thatcher, Rachel, Kevin, Zachary, Brent, Max, Tani, Shayna, Gabriel, and Bella. A funeral service will be held at Weinstein Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, IL at 2pm on Wednesday August 14th. Interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to research for retinal disease. Checks can be made out to: University of Illinois Foundation, c/o Dr. Grassi (ophthalmology written on the memo line). Mail to: Jenna Plakut - UIC Office of Medical Advancement, 1747 W Roosevelt Road, Suite 302, Chicago, IL. 60608. For info: call 847-256-5700.

***Additional donation information:

When you click on "retinal disease research fund" below to open the link, there will be a box saying "Indicate physician or other area you wish you to support." The donations to Dr. Grassi’s research lab can be made by entering: Grassi Retinal Disease Research Fund (336370).


  • Research for Retinal Disease - Checks can be made out to: University of Illinois Foundation, c/o Dr. Grassi (ophthalmology written on the memo line). Mail to: Jenna Plakut - UIC Office of Medical Advancement
  • Retinal Disease Research Fund


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, August 14, 2019


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Kevin O'Leary

August 20, 2019

I remember working with Dr. Grais as a resident at Northwestern. His patients loved him and he always taught us important and very practical clinical lessons as we collaborated on the care for these patients. I especially enjoyed reviewing ECGs with him. He was truly a superb role model and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him.

Julie Gurian

August 13, 2019

I never met anyone who loved to discuss books more than Dr. Grais. His ability to discuss all types of genres and make any subject matter interesting was unsurpassed! His wit and knowledge mixed with fantastic anecdotes will be forever missed. You were and are one of a kind. XO

Joel Kagan

August 13, 2019

What a great man. As an outsider looking in I can honestly say that Renee and his family were the most important part of his life. After that helping others was a close second. I remember meeting him years ago when my dad was recovering from a heart attack. Though he wasn’t his cardiologist he diagnosed a problem that my dad had and brought him a cream to relieve e the pain. What a special person he was. I’ll miss him.