Milton A. Levenfeld
Stanetsky Memorial Chapels
475 Washington Street
Canton, MA
Milton A. Levenfeld passed away on October 21, 2021, at the age of 94. Milton was born on March 18, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in Canton, Massachusetts.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 72 years Iona Wishner Levenfeld, three children Barry (Jill Shafton), David (Deborah Rivel) and Judy (Anthony Hollenberg), 11 grandchildren Tali (Dror), Jacob (Lydia), Robert (Tori), Yoni (Hadas), Adam, Gabi (Alon), Sam, Eric, Dani, Jonny and Nate, and three great-grandchildren, Lia, Shalev and Cora. He was a proud family man, taking great interest in the accomplishments of his progeny across the globe.

Funeral will take place at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 475 Washington Street, CANTON, MA on Friday, October 22nd at 1:00 pm, with burial to follow at Sharon Memorial Park.

Milton was the son of Mitchell (Avrom) Levenfeld and Florence (Fraydel Blumeh) Berman. Milton was the younger sibling of Bernice "Niki" Yeracaris (Costas) and Norma Sadwick (Hal), all of whom predeceased him. He grew up in Chicago during the depression years, and spent most of his life in Chicago and north suburban Highland Park (from 1956 to 2014).

After a brief service in the U.S. Navy towards the end of World War II, he attended the University of Chicago, where he met and married Iona Wishner on December 18, 1949. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in 1947 and went on to UChicago Law School, earning his J.D. in 1950, and was a member of the Illinois Bar Association. He was also a Certified Public Accountant.

Milton had a storied legal career, starting with the law offices of David Altman, that later became Altman, Levenfeld & Kanter. His career took off with the establishment of Levenfeld & Kanter in 1963 (later Levenfeld, Kanter, Baskes & Lippitz), which became a premier nationwide tax, trust & estate boutique law firm, with well-known clients in the entertainment, sports and business worlds. Early in his career, Milton argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The firm later divided and eventually was restructured as Levenfeld Pearlstein, a respected regional general practice law firm in Chicago with over 100 lawyers, which still bears his name.

Milton was a leader in Jewish communal activities. He was a member of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, where Milton and Iona contributed a community Sukkah used till this day. He held many leadership positions with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, including the head of Special Gifts. He played a significant role in re-establishing the Federation's Legacies and Endowment Fund, which started with approximately $39 million and now is in excess of $1 billion. He served as President of the Chicago Israel Chamber of Commerce, and a recipient of the "Keter Shem Tov" (Crown of Good Name) Award from the Jewish National Fund. Milton was also a member of the Standard Club of Chicago.

Milton received the Key to City of Highland Park from Mayor Michael Belsky in recognition of his local leadership. He was a devoted supporter of the University of Chicago, both the Law School and College, and an enthusiastic supporter and attendee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival. Milton spent his final years at Orchard Cove in Canton, Massachusetts, proud of the accomplishments of his children, and taking great joy as his grandchildren grew into accomplished and loving young adults. He took special pleasure that his children and their spouses were all active contributing members to society and the Jewish world. He lived to see five of his grandchildren marry and to learn of the births of three great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Milton may be made to the Friends of the IDF, at their website or by check to FIDF, 29 East Madison Street, Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60602.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Oct. 22, 2021.
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The Belvidere Berman Families
November 2, 2021
We were so very sorry to learn of Milt´s passing from our Orchard Cove community. His wife, Iona, has become a lovely friend whom we will continue to support.
Anita and Fred Gelfand
October 29, 2021
I met Milton and the lovely Levenfeld family more than 35 years ago when I became friends with Judy at university in London. The family were always so welcoming and warm when I came over from Holland to join in many family celebrations. I remember Milton as a wonderful warm person, always cheerful and fun, with a twinkle in his eyes and so proud of all his family. I will treasure all these happy memories and Milton will always have a special place in my heart. Sending lots of love to you all, Hanna from Holland.
Hanna Kolff, the Netherlands
October 26, 2021
I knew Milton mainly through his Son David who has loved, honored and cherished his Beloved "Dad" (and "Mom") his entire life. From David and also from my own experiences with him and Iona - I also know this - Mr. Levenfeld is Blessed. He lived his life with a twinkle in his eye and a warmth in his Heart that was felt by all he touched.... God Bless you Mr. Levenfeld and Thank You... and God Bless Us, Everyone....
Alan Meserow
October 26, 2021
So sorry to hear of Milton's passing, A wonderful man and half of a fabulous couple. He will be deeply missed. Baruch dayan Ha'amet and may the family now no more sorrow-
Sandy Starkman and Larry Pachter
October 25, 2021
Milt was kind. He was a big part of my professional life and I was very fond of him. His spirit and mentorship touched many of us in Chicago and the national network of U.S. - Israel business agencies. Working with him, and Iona on projects and events are cherished memories. He will be missed and his memory will be honored by many.
Michael Schmitt
October 25, 2021
I will always remember Milt fondly. He was so kind and a staunch supporter of the business David and I created together. What struck me most about him was his love for family and the legacy that lives on in his children, grandchildren and now great granddaughter. He kept the gang close together and was surrounded by so much love and respect. May his memory be a blessing.
Ian Burnstein
October 24, 2021
"Uncle" Milt and "Aunt" Iona were at our wedding. I will always remember Milt pitching in to help at our reception by slicing the salmon-a happy memory. He and Iona gave us a pair of beautiful candlesticks, and I think of them as I light the candles on every holiday. Thank you, Uncle Milt. May his memory be for a blessing.
Bronwyn Carlton Taggart
October 24, 2021
Oh so terrible to find out on Facebook. This is so so sad. Milt was one of my favorite cousins since my days as an art student. While I was at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, we met once a week for lunch - always his treat. He was a wonderful, super-intelligent fun man. I will miss him. I send my love to the family
Sandy Taggart
October 24, 2021
Our thoughts are with all of you during this most difficult time
Dr. and Mrs. Keith Gottesdiener
October 23, 2021
Milt was a giant in the legal industry and probably the impetus for some of his former partners in the joining and founding of Levenfeld Pearlstein. He loved his wife and his family and took great pride in them all. He was a good man.
Bryan Schwartz
October 23, 2021
Our condolences to the entire Levenfeld family from a former law firm partner.
Michael & Judy Pinsky
October 22, 2021
Mr and Mrs Levenfeld always treated us like a part of their family and we in turn felt they were part of ours. Mr. Levenfeld was a wonderful man - friendly and charming - and I'm sorry that we weren't able to see him once they moved from the Chicago area. Our deepest condolences and love to Mrs Levenfeld and to the rest of the family. May his memory be for a blessing.
David and Suzanne Weiner
October 22, 2021
Mr. Levenfeld, Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USN during WW II and for being a member of the Greatest Generation. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. Fair Winds And Following Seas
Mike Casey
October 21, 2021
Sending our heartfelt condolences to Iona, Barry, David, Judy and their families...we have many many fond memories of being with your family growing up in Highland Park....May his memory be for a blessing!
Pamela Weiner/Steven Malkin
October 21, 2021
My sincere condolences to Iona and the family of Milt Levenfeld. I had the great pleasure to work closely with Milt for many years at the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, which Milt and, years later I, served as President. I also knew Milt and Iona from our synagogue, N.S. Synagogue Beth El, in Highland Park, IL. Milt was a wonderful person in every respect and had a positive impact on everyone privileged to work with or know him. Y'hi zichro baruch.
Bob Berger
October 21, 2021
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