Stephen A. Shapiro
Stephen A. "Steve" Shapiro, 59, passed away suddenly Jan. 11th, 2021 at his home in St. Louis Park, MN. Steve was the beloved husband of Rachel (nee Fine) and loving father of Natalie. Cherished son of Hanna and the late Rabbi Mark S. Shapiro, and son-in-law of the late Betty and the late Arkie Fine. Dear brother of Eliot (Ellyn) Shapiro and David Shapiro. Loving brother-in-law of David (Kathleen) Fine, the late Mitch Fine, and Kathy Fine. Devoted uncle of Noah and Rose Shapiro, Ben (Amanda) Fine, Sam (Elizabeth) Fine, Robyn Fine and the late Jason Fine. Best friend and companion to his four-legged "boys" Dylan and Rufus. Steve was born in Buffalo and raised in north suburban Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving north and adopting the Twin Cities as his home. There he met and married his soulmate, Rachel. Steve had a way with words like no other. He worked in public relations and marketing for years in addition to writing books, newsletters and articles. He also served as a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Hope Community in Minneapolis. Steve was the epitome of a family man, and was an adoring nephew, cousin, and father figure to many "adopted" kids. A lifelong fan of the White Sox, Steve collected facts, tidbits and trivia about baseball for his entire life, in addition to his extensive collection of baseball cards. His sense of humor was one of his greatest qualities, and he had a special love for Groucho Marx, Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and The Honeymooners, to name a few. Steve's friendship will be missed by so many, including his Big Guys, his MELD group, his BJBE community, his OSRUI family, his U of I friends, and countless others. To keep everyone safe, the interment and funeral will be virtual. Interment will be Thursday, Jan. 14th at 10:00am, live streamed by Chicago Jewish Funerals: A Zoom funeral will follow at 1:00pm. Please contact Congregation BJBE for login details: [email protected]. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of these organizations which meant so much to Steve: Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, 1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D, Deerfield, Illinois 60015,; or Hope Community, 611 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 13, 2021.
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A caring mentor when I joined the workforce in 1995, and fortunate to reconnect later in life. Patient, witty, empathetic, and never without a smile. Happy our lives intersected and thankful for the memories. Prayers to his family and friends.
January 14, 2021
There are no words to describe how we felt when we heard about Steve´s passing. Please stay strong, so that you can get through this sad time. You will always have such beautiful memories.
Steve and Judy Masur
January 14, 2021
Steve´s pride and joy in watching his beloved daughter, Natalie, perform will forever be an exemplar for me of a father´s love in action. I am so sorry for your loss, Natalie and Rachel. I pray that you experience an extra measure of God´s comfort and His everlasting arms around you.
Lori Holmgren
January 13, 2021
Steve will forever be missed by his Hope Community Family. His consistency, love and devotion to our work was so genuine, and we will feel the impact of us presence with us for years to come. We are sending Rachel and Natalie and extended family and friends our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Shannon Smith Jones ED, Hope Community, Inc.
Shannon Smith Jones
January 13, 2021
Our condolences to the Shapiro family during this difficult time.
David Singer
January 13, 2021
Rachel and Natalie, I am so very sorry for your loss.
Maureen Bailey
January 13, 2021
What a beautiful soul we lost. All my love to Rachel, Natalie and the Shapiro and Fine family, and his many, many friends.
Kathy Fine
January 13, 2021
We are so saddened of the passing of Stephen. As members of BJBE, we have had the blessed honor of knowing the Shapiro family. Our sympathy goes out to all family members and friends of Stephen. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
Marc & Jill Partner
January 13, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to Hanna, Rachel, Natalie, Eliot and David and all the Shapiro family. Steve was a great person and will be terribly missed.
Lee and Fran Preston
January 13, 2021
My deepest condolences to you, Hannah, Eliot, David, and the entire family, May Steve's memory always be a blessing. My heart breaks for Rachel and Natalie, and all of you and Steve's many friends from every walk of life.
Jay Smith
January 13, 2021
Heartfelt prayers to the family
January 13, 2021