4750 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Whitefish Bay, WI
(414) 964-3111
Available 24 hours a day




Bernard Stein

Bud or Buddy to all who knew him – passed away on May 18, 2020 at the age of 83. Cherished father of Andrew Stein (Eileen Kavin), Jill Stein (Joel Bootzin), Tracy Stein (Marco Masotti), and Steve Stein (Jamie Stein). Proud, loving grandfather of Aaron, Daniel and Benjamin Stein, Joshua and Sarah Bootzin, Michela, Alexander and Sophia Masotti, and Zoe and Sydney Stein. Dear brother to the late Linda Stein. Survived by his ex-wife and friend, Judy Edelstein, and many other dear relatives and friends.

Bud was born in NYC and raised in Newport News, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia (B.A. in History), where he was a member of the UVA Track Team. He then obtained his Juris Doctor also at the University of Virginia. Upon graduation and receiving a compulsory draft letter, he applied and was accepted for practice in the esteemed Army Judge Advocate General (“JAG”) School. Promoted to Captain, he was sent to Fort Knox, where he became an expert in the field of Military Justice. He was admitted to practice to the Washington, D.C., Court of Military Appeals (the highest military court) and thereafter worked as the Chief Lawyer in the Sixth U.S. Army, Presidio, San Francisco. Upon completing his military service, he relocated to Milwaukee to raise his family. There, he practiced law as a prosecutor and then in private practice for close to five decades.

Bud was a true patriot, immensely proud of his service to our Country. He was respected by his peers, had countless friends, and was beloved by his children’s friends. Bud was humble and generous, with an amazing sense of humor and always a sparkle in his extraordinary green blue eyes. Among his talents, Bud was an accomplished bridge player, attaining the elite Diamond Life Master status this year. He loved all animals, especially his dogs and grand-dogs, and devoted countless volunteer hours to local animal shelters and the Milwaukee County Zoo. Ever the adventurer, Bud traveled the world many times and went skydiving in his senior years. He loved vacations hiking through scenic national parks. As recently as two years ago, he undertook the physical challenge of a rustic camping and hiking trip through the Grand Canyon.

He was most proud of his four children and ten grandchildren and was a constant source of love and support to all of them.

A private graveside service was held at Anshai Lebowitz Cemetery, Milwaukee. Donations in his memory can be made to Milwaukee Jewish Federation (www.milwaukeejewish.org) or US Veterans Initiative (www.usvetsinc.org).

Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home
4750 North Santa Monica Boulevard (414) 964-3111

Service Info






  1. Paul Bailey 05/24/2020 6:39 pm

    Our most sincere sympathy to the extended family of Bud Stein. He was a treasured friend for nearly 50 years. To my family, he was our beloved Uncle Budward. We were blessed to have him in our lives.

  2. Judge Jean DiMotto 05/24/2020 7:19 pm

    Bud Stein appeared many times in my courtroom over the years. He was an excellent lawyer who had a calming effect on his clients. He was always a gentleman. The integrity with which he practiced law will always be a part of his legacy. Please accept my condolences.


Post a Comment

Sign the guestbook

Your email address will not be published.