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Joseph M. Bernstein

Passed away on November 28th, 2018 at the age of 80.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey (nee Kracower); children, Deborah (Marc) Zionts, Robert (Jill) Bernstein, Stephanie (Alan) Wagner and Adam Bernstein; grandchildren, Arielle, Sabrina, Jacob and Zachary Zionts; Ben, Sophie and Emma Bernstein; Julia and Laura Wagner; and Matthew and Jordan Levy; siblings, Carol (Sheldon) Glusman, Nat (Peggy) Bernstein and Steve (Sharon) Bernstein; and brother-in-law, Allen (Caryn) Kracower. Preceded in death by his parents, Florence (nee Hack) and Julius Bernstein.

Joe was an early shareholder in the law firm Godfrey & Kahn where he focused on real estate and corporate law. A dedicated philanthropist, he served as board chair of Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Services, Lubavitch of WI, Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council and Milwaukee Jewish Federation. He also served on the boards of the Blood Center of WI, the Milwaukee Public Museum, Mt. Sinai Hospital and many other charitable organizations.

Joe graduated from Washington High School. He received a BS from the Wharton School of Business at the University of PA and a JD from the University of WI – Madison.

Funeral service, Sunday, December 2nd at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Md. Zion Cemetery, 14510 W. North Ave., Brookfield. The family has established the Joseph M. Bernstein Memorial Fund to benefit Congregation Beth Jehudah at the Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the fund appreciated.

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

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  1. Joyce Edelstein Tavill 11/29/2018 6:01 pm

    May Joe’s Memory be for a Blessing to his family.
    With deepest condolences —

  2. Deborah (Cohn) Schmidt 11/29/2018 7:37 pm

    Many years ago, in the early 1970s, I was a secretary at Godfrey & Kahn. It was my first “real” job and Mr. Bernstein’s office was just across the hall from where I worked. I remember him as a gentleman who always had a kind word. My condolences to his family.

  3. Sharon & Mark Shapiro 11/29/2018 9:16 pm

    We are very sorry to hear this sad news. We hope your wonderful memories keep your entire family strong during this difficult time. May his memory always be for a blessing.

  4. Chusk Gobel 11/30/2018 4:33 pm

    My condolences. I knew Joe at Steuben and Washington. We had a good friend in common. He was fun to be with, particularly in band. Truly a nice, good person.

  5. Julia Wagner 04/24/2019 12:22 pm

    Thinking about you, Grandpa. I love you.


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