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, www.piserfuneralservice.com
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 12, 2012.