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Shale Baskin, 84 years old, beloved husband of Judith Seeder Baskin, died peacefully on the evening of Jan. 10, surrounded by family, following a short illness. Shale Baskin was a larger than life husband, father, grandfather and uncle, as well as a friend and mentor to so many others. He was loved and adored by all. Born and raised in Joliet, Shale moved to Chicago in 1976 and with his sons built Mark Shale into a nationally-recognized award winning clothing business, until his retirement in 1995. Always active even in retirement, Shale enjoyed sailing (in stormy conditions if possible), was a voracious reader and life-long student. He participated in University of Chicago extension courses and regularly attended classes and services at Chicago Sinai Congregation, where he was an active member. He loved attending the symphony and opera and enjoyed a musical performance of some kind, a few nights each week. In addition to his beloved wife, Judith, Shale is survived by his four sons and their wives; Scott and Jill Baskin, Brad and Janie Baskin, Michael and Felicia Baskin and Steven and Jill Baskin. His hearty laugh will be missed by his seven adoring grandchildren: Erin, Nathan, Rachel, Jake, Aaron, David and Isabel; preceded in death by his brother, Mark. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m., at Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware Place, Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in memory of Shale Baskin to: CJE SeniorLife Adult Day Services, Downtown Chicago Programs, Attn: Judy Holstein, 1015 W. Howard, Evanston, IL 60202 or Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, 320 E. Superior, Searle 11th floor, Chicago, IL 60611. For information: Piser Funeral Service, 847-679-4740,

Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 12, 2012.
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Dear Judy, Scott, Michael, Brad, and Steve,
I am truly sorry to hear of Shale's passing. He was an amazing man and such an inspiration in
my life. I am so grateful to have known him and quite frankly your whole family. I hope you are all well. Warm regards,
Karen Childress
November 16, 2012
Dear Mrs. Baskin,
I was just thnking of the two of you and decided to "google". I am just seeing that Mr. Baskin had past last January.
Although my relationship with you as your chef on "Lkym" happened a long time ago (1986-89) I still have so many fond memories of the two of you.
My deepest sympathy.

Fond regards,

Judith Meyers (formerly Vegiard)
August 9, 2012
I worked at the store at Cass & Ottawa when I was going to Lewis. I remember mostly 1962, it was a great year. He was a truly distinguished individual to anyone who worked there. He was what I thought John Kennedy would have been, had he lived in Joliet. I still remember him getting on the elevator, wanting to go to his office. my sincerest of sympathies, terry lamb
January 25, 2012
Mrs. Baskin,

I cannot tell you how sad Jeff and I are. We have thought and talked about you so often. Our memories of sailing with you both are some of my fondest. I can still hear mr. Baskins laugh and your wonderful stories. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was one of the best!

Jackie and Jeff Alexander
Jackie Alexander
January 20, 2012
Mrs Baskin and family......Growing up in Plainfield I thought Mr. Baskin was the most elegant and sophisticated gentleman I had ever met. I have very fond memories of visiting your home as well as having Scott as a guest in our home. My deepest condolences to you all.
Allen Saxon
January 19, 2012
Judy & Family...what sadness I feel in losing my liberal leaning friend of 72 years. I will miss the E-Mails,the periodic phone call & mostly...the good humor that his personality forever demonstrated. My sympathy & love to you & yours as I wipe away a tear... Shalom
Bob Jackson
January 19, 2012
Dear Judy,Scott,Brad,Michael,and Steven,
it was with sadness that I heard of Shale's passing.Growing up, our families spent many wonderful times together. The memories are too numerous to mention. I know my mother Florence always had you all in her heart. I know I speak for my family when I say that my prayers, thoughts, and feelings are with you.
Bob,louise,Ben and Stacie Freeman
robert freeman
January 18, 2012
Dear Judy,

My sincerest condolences to you and your family on your loss. Shale was a wonderful man. He will be sorely missed, along with his unique viewpoints on life and literature. You are in my thoughts.

Paula Wise
January 18, 2012
Though Ron and I just recently met you and Shale in the support group, we certainly want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron and Sally Kinnamon
Ron & Sally Kinnamon
January 17, 2012
My parents Anne and Bill England always thought well of Shale. He was an honorable man who treated everyone with respect. I have many found memories of stopping at the Joliet store. Shale always took time to visit with mom or dad.
Julie England Borschke
Julie England/Borschke
January 17, 2012
Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the entire Baskin family. Shale was a honorable man and although it's been many years, it was a pleasure to have known him.
Chris & Karen Calligan
January 16, 2012
Scott, Brad, Mike, & Steve:

Your Father shared with all of us a variety of gifts in his life; most notable though - a sense of style & the virtue of sensibility.

One of my fondest memories go back to being sized up for my first suit at the Al Baskin store in Joliet. At the time I remember him saying something to me like:

"success son is often built on a set of broad shoulders (an inherited trait). But it is the fit & fill of the suit that makes the man - and that often involves a bit of hard work!"

I like to think we all filled out our suits in life (so far) very nicely....

My sincere condolences to you, your Mother, & your families.

May the Baskin Values & Legacy Live On!
James Deimer
January 14, 2012
Dear Baskin Family,

Even the words "larger than life" don't do justice to Shale Baskin. He is a prominent feature of my childhood memories...always a kind, compassionate, wise, insightful and intelligent man who was an cherished friend to my parents and a wonderful "uncle" figure to my brother and me.

I know that his memory will live on in the hearts of everyone whose lives he touched and inspired; it will certainly be a continue to be a part of mine and my children's lives.

We wish we could be with you; in our place we send blessings for peace of mind and comfort for each of you.

Much love,

Janet, Nicholas, Julianna, and Antonio
Janet Arida
January 13, 2012
Dearest Baskins,
Shale clothed me, inspired me, and, with a little help, gave me my beloved friend Brad. His memory is a blessing as are all of you. LOve, Jeff (and Ann) Gusfield
Jeffrey Gusfield
January 13, 2012
Dear Wonderful Baskins,
Shale clothed me, inspired me, and as he gives his children and grandchildren to the world, he gave me my beloved friend, Brad. Your father's name is a blessing as are all of you. LOve, Jeff (and Ann) Gusfield
Jeffrey Gusfield
January 13, 2012
Dear Baskin Family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you as you bid a fond farewell to this beloved man. May pleasant memories give you solace - and grant you peace - as you adjust to his absence in your lives.

Sincerely, Glenn and Judy Steed
Glenn and Judy Steed
January 13, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Baskin family. We feel honored to have known Shale and will always remember his jovial personality!! May Shale's memories always be a blessing to the entire Baskin clan!
All our best,
Susan and Steve Sholl
January 13, 2012
To Mike and Felicia--I am sorry for this loss to your family. All my best to both of you.
Anna Fallon
January 12, 2012
Our deepest condolences on you loss. Shale always had a smile for those of us that live at the Warwick. A true gentleman. He will be missed.
Marcia and Ed Buchanan
January 12, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Bonnie & Michael Ladd
January 12, 2012
Dear Judy, My heart is with you and your family. Shale provided a deep connection with our family history. His intellect and kindness made him a strong presence and he will remain so.
My love to you and family.
Molly Freeman
January 12, 2012
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
David and Joan Bloomberg
January 12, 2012
Dear Brad and Mrs. Baskin, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of Mr. Baskin. Gary Lambert, Chicago
January 12, 2012
A wonderful man, of wit and wisdom. A true gentleman. He will be well remembered and sorely missed.
Esther Emmerman
January 12, 2012
shale baskin was the definition of an elegant person and gentleman---smart as hell--it was an honor and pleasure to be his friend.
bob and marilyn baskerville
January 12, 2012
Dear Judy, My most sincere condolences to you and your family on this sad loss. You are in my thoughts.

Joan Jaffe
January 12, 2012
Sincere condolences to Shale's extended family. As a young man I shopped the former Al Baskin store in Joliet many times and recall Mark and Shale with fond memories.
Bob Draznik
January 12, 2012
I worked at the old Al Baskin store at Cass & Ottawa in Joliet, IL. Shale was an absolutely wonderful boss and human being. My sincerest and deepest sympathy to Judy and all the family. Shale was one in a million.
K N Turner
January 12, 2012
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