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Bess Lerner

(Nee Shein) Passed away June 8th, 2019 at the age of 99.

Beloved wife of the late Henry Lerner. Cherished mother of Meris, Jay (Bobette), Kent (Eileen), and Ross (Nancy) Lerner. Loving grandmother of Craig (Cathy) Lerner, Todd (Stephanie) Lerner, Dionne (Andy) Ryff, Garrett (Kim) Lerner, Sara Lerner, and Andrew Lerner. Adoring great-grandmother of Kelsey and Taylor Whiting, Ethan and Gavin Lerner, Jolie and Drake Ryff, Zeke and Lily Lerner. Further survived by a dear part of the family, Lois Goldberg, mother of Craig and Todd Lerner.

Funeral services Wednesday, June 12th at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Mound Zion Cemetery, 14510 W. North Ave., Brookfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to Cure SMA, 925 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 are appreciated.

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

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  1. June Kozak Kane 06/09/2019 12:48 pm

    Bess was a Force of Life!! She was such an important role model to me when I was growing up in the Perhift Theater Company!!! I played parts as a child and she’d be the adult version in the second act! She and Henry were both so special to me, and I loved them both so much ???Hearing this notice truly tugged at my heart. I will miss her and love her always. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Bess’s entire family. May she start a theatre company up in heaven. A life force like hers never actually “stops.” Rather, her example will continue to resonate with all who knew her, and will always be an inspiration to us❣️❣️❣️???????????????Rest In Peace, Bess. Or have fun! Your choice! With hugs and Love, June

  2. Paul andmarlene 06/13/2019 12:02 pm

    So sorry ,I know about long long friendship with Bess and Henry. Paul is injewish home is 99, doing pretty well. Our deep sympathies to all the family.

  3. Desiree Sigler 06/15/2019 7:36 am

    May your family find comfort as “the hearer of prayer” embraces their hearts. Lean on one another for strength and encouragement to stay strong. We hope that the many cards, hugs, kind words, cherished memories, and loving prayers sustains your family during this most difficult time.

  4. Sharon Styler 06/24/2019 2:42 pm

    Loved both Bess & Henry. Such fun coming to your house on Avondale where I grew up also. Great memories will cherish forever. Hope all of you are wonderful. Sharon Hirschman Styler


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