Stephen G. Katz
Stephen G. Katz, 71, of Barrington, passed away on January 21, 2021. Born in Marinette, Wisconsin, to Irving and Lena (Meyer) Katz, Steve was a lifelong Badger. He was the dear husband and partner of Barbara Buhai for 36 years and the treasured father of Nathaniel (Karen) Katz and Lily Katz. He is lovingly survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Amy Katz; his sisters- and brothers-in-law, Betsy (Charles) Zeifman and Liz (George) Buhai-Jacobus; and his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew. Steve was a talented labor and employment attorney, who zealously represented his clients for 45 years. He was passionate about politics, Russian history and the Green Bay Packers, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. The service and shiva will be private. The funeral service will be livestreamed Sunday, 11:00 a.m. CST at www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com. Under Recent Services, click onto Steve's photograph and scroll down to Service Details to view the service. Contributions can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN), www.pancan.org or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), www.aclu.org. For information, visit The Goldman Funeral Group (847) 478-1600.


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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 22, 2021.
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My condolences to Barb and the Katz family . Enjoyed working with Steve in early Illinois school district labor conflicts. He was enjoyable to work with and had a great sense of humor. Now as to his support of the packers vs MN Vikings? RIP Steve and cheers to a life well lived.
Corky Marinkovich
February 18, 2021
I share in Barb, Nate and Lily's loss. I have loved Steve, too. He was on my side through a 5-year stretch of trying to get justice after a school district fired me in 1981. He fought for me at a time I felt alone, and I knew he would always be on my side. In the years since then I have hooked up with him and his family many times when I traveled through northern Illinois. Sally and I thought enough of him to have him serve as our best man when we married in 1990. My memory of him will always be as that of a great friend and a great man.
Ron Berby
February 3, 2021
My condolences Barbara & to your children on the loss of Steve. I grew up with him in Marinette. I even remember when on my honeymoon in Wisconsin, seeing him in the hospital in Milwaukee.
Alan Yudin
Friend
January 28, 2021
I will always remember Steve for his great wit, brilliant mind, and love of family. During my time with RPS 205, Steve was always a breath of fresh air. He was the only lawyer I worked with that always put students first rather than the politics of board members.
Martha Hayes
Coworker
January 28, 2021
Steve and I go back to the old neighborhood in Marinette. I always enjoyed spending time together. I would tease about him being excitable. Passionate, he could be. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Steve’s family.
Michael Charette
January 27, 2021
Michael Charette
January 27, 2021
May Stephen's memory be for many blessings. I have many wonderful memories of our family trips to Marinette , including one to Stevie's bar mitzvah in 1962 . ( I was 10 years old ) More recently , Stephen had my wife Sandy and I over for Sunday brunch when we were in Chicago for the Chicago Jewish festival (that was about 10 years ago ). We watched 8mm movies of his bar mitzvah. My mother Florence was born in Marinette( in 1921) , as was most of the Lapp and Katz cousins. The memories Marinette and all the Katz's will always hold a warm place in my heart.
Neal Gale
January 27, 2021
I always appreciated working through problems for our respective clients with Steve. He was smart, hardworking but most importantly he had class. He knew how to disagree without being disagreeable. Although I must say that more often then not we analyzed the situation similarly. He will be missed. To his family, please accept my condolences.
Mike Loizzi, attorney colleague
January 25, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences. From our years together at the Katz firm, through the Beth Judea years and more recently, we always enjoyed Steve´s sweet nature, even temper, and great sense of humor. The service today was meaningful. May Steve´s memory be a blessing to your family always.
David and Andrea Rapoport
January 24, 2021
Steve was an amazing colleague but better friend. I will miss him terribly.

May his memory be a blessing.

Amy Levant
Friend
January 24, 2021
Steve was not just our lawyer. He was a true friend. You could count on Steve to give 100% to anything he did. We had a shared passion for the Packers. I have many great memories of conversations about them as well as trips to Lambeau Field for the games leading up to the New Orleans Super Bowl. Steve was a wonderful man with a sharp wit and a big heart.
Molly Phalen
Friend
January 24, 2021
My condolences to the Katz family. I am sad to hear that Steve passed away. Praying for comfort during this difficult time.
Faye Chambers
Coworker
January 24, 2021
Barb, I´m so sorry to hear about Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. When I started at in 1984 Steve was the first attorney I met- he was so encouraging and kind - I was so grateful!
Maureen Betourney
January 23, 2021
Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace
Jude
January 23, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Steve´s passing. We are thinking of you all and sending our love. Steve "Stevie" and "Howie" were very much apart of my growing up years in Marinette. Our Dad´s were cousins and we enjoyed knowing we were Katzelas too!. Steve and I kept in close touch via FB and often shared our Marinette memories and photos of our parents and grandparents with such delight. I will remember Steve with much admiration and love. May your memories of Steve bring you comfort and may you smile -as you remember with love. May his memory be a blessing. Our love, Robbie and Marty Deutschman
Roberta Katz Deutschman
January 23, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
BRUCE KATZ
January 23, 2021
So sorry for your loss. A good lawyer and great friend who was so proud of his son and daughter. Our daily rides to the train station included many hilarious stories about growing up Jewish in Marinette. A great sense of humor and a roaring laugh. I miss his emails already. May you find some peace knowing that the three of you gave his life all of the meaning he ever wanted.
Dan Harper
Coworker
January 23, 2021
To Barb, Lily, Nate & Karen, Howard & Amy & Family - Please accept our heartfelt condolences on Steve's untimely death. Rick & I met him at UW Madison in 1968 & have stayed friends all these years. As a friend, he was loyal & caring. His joie de vivre was contagious. As a brilliant lawyer, we know he represented his clients with skill & understanding whether he was at the NLRB, the Air Line Pilots Association, UIC or in private practice. He cared about & was curious about so many things, but what Steve treasured most was his family - he was so proud of his children & was thrilled to see Nate & Karen marry. Lily's return to Chicago meant so much to him, he told us. He kept us posted on how & what the children were doing, the joy radiating through the emails he sent to us here in France. He was fortunate to have such a loving family by his side during good and bad times. We hope that the best memories you have of him help sustain you in your loss. Again, our sympathy.
Kathy Lefco & Richard Edmonds
Friend
January 23, 2021
Remembering and cherishing the laughter, silence, and aptitude
Steve gave to all of us will stem forever.
Donation: Red Cross
Daphne Parker-Green
Coworker
January 22, 2021
I worked with Steve in Labor Relations at UIC. The world lost a brilliant man and a truly good person. He won´t be forgotten by those who knew him.
Marilyn Lablaiks
January 22, 2021
Steve was a very knowledgeable and helpful member of the organization at UIC. He was a pleasure to have at your side explaining the complexities of bargaining and the union contracts. I am saddened to learn of your loss. Wonderful guy!
Jack McEnery
January 22, 2021
Barb, So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Brenda (former coworker at Metra)
Brenda Smith
January 22, 2021
We are so very sad to hear about the passing of Steve. I remember as a young child visiting his family in Marinette. We stayed in touch throughout the years and we enjoyed all his posts and love for family, the Badgers, the Packers and politics. The Katz family roots runs deep and with fondness and love. Our deepest condolences.
Shari Katz Mann and Jonathan Mann
January 22, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Debra Clark
Coworker
January 22, 2021
Learning of Steve’s passing cut deeply today. His wisdom, humor and counsel meant so much to me during tough years on Rockford School Board. A great loss. My sincere condolences.
Nancy Kalchbrenner
Coworker
January 22, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Steven Katz family. I knew Steven in Marinette as we share the same roots. Our fathers were first cousins. Barbara, we´re sorry for your loss at such a young age. After Covid dissipates we would like to meet your children. And share with them our memories of Marinette.
Jim katz
January 22, 2021