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Marvin Stern

November 29, 1935 — March 18, 2024

Marvin Stern

November 29, 1935 — March 18, 2024

Marvin Merrill Stern, born on November 29, 1935, in Chicago, peacefully departed on March 182024, surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of his Palm Springs home. His passing leaves a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories.

Marv was preceded in death by his parents, Abe and Mary Stern, brothers Floyd and Jerry Stern (Sally), and dear mother-in-law, Lillian Bernard. 

Marv's career spanned over 35 years in retail, culminating as President of Sears. His journey at Sears began as a copywriter and traversed through various roles, including buyer, divisional manager, and Vice President, before reaching the pinnacle of leadership. 

Marv also lent his talents to Montgomery Ward, where he served as Executive Vice President. His professional endeavors took him to every state and around the globe. Marv made history as one of the first Americans to visit China in 1976, shortly after trade relations were established.

Marv was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Eileen, his loving daughter Alisa Stanfield (David), his son Neil Stern (Eliza), and adored grandchildren Jacob and Rachel Stern, Matthew and Gavin Stanfield, and Lucy Everett.

Marv was a true Renaissance man, with passions ranging from music and literature to golf and travel. In his later years, he discovered a love for walking, taking daily three-mile journeys. A die-hard Chicago sports fan, Marv's allegiance to the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks remained unwavering.

Palm Springs held a special place in Marv's heart, as did his home, where he found solace and joy with those he held dear. His love for his family and friends was limitless, and though he may be gone, his memory lives on in the hearts of all touched by his gentle spirit and generous soul.

A celebration of his life will be held at Forest Lawn, Cathedral City on March 20 at 12 noon followed by a private graveside service at Desert Memorial. 

Services available as livestream

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to City of Hope in honor of Marv's memory.

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Funeral Service of Marvin Stern

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Pacific time)

Forest Lawn - Cathedral City - Ramon Chapel

69855 East Ramon Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234

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