Ernst Kaufmann, 91, of Deerfield, IL, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2022.

“Ernie” was born in Berlin, Germany, and came to the US as a child with his parents, growing up in Columbia, MO, and later settling in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School and City College of New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA. He served in the U.S. Army as a translator during the Korean War.

He had a successful 35-year career with Sears, finishing his career as the senior buyer for children’s department for the entire company. His career and love of travel brought him to over 80 countries around the world.

In his spare time after retirement, Ernie enjoyed racquetball and was dedicated to volunteer work. For decades after retirement, he volunteered with the Executive Service Core, Highland Park Hospital, and Chicago Public Schools, a true exemplar of his core values and desire to give back to the community.

Throughout his success, Ernie’s greatest love was his family. He leaves behind the love of his life, Marianne, to whom he remained devoted for 67 years, always by each others’ side. He had two children, Anne and the late Paul.

He is survived by five grandchildren, Marc (Lauren) Cornfield, Benjamin (Lizzy) Cornfield, Jonathan (Jennifer) Cornfield, Alex (Graham) Timion, and Jeremy Kaufmann, and seven great-grandchildren, Ethan, Sara, Asher, Levi, Wren, June, and Louie.

Ernie loved his family, friends, diet coke, and Dewars. Ernie was truly loved, respected, and will be greatly missed.

Graveside service, Thursday 2 PM at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. For information, including a link to view the service, shiva or to leave condolences: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, or (847) 255-3520.

Service Information

Service : Thursday, August 18th at 2:00 pm
Service Location: Graveside Service -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand RoadArlington Heights

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