ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Stein. We will remember him forever. Virtual memorial service will take place Sunday, August 1st, 2021 at 3pm CT. Zoom link: https://sgi-usa.zoom.us/j/96132851668?pwd=TUlIVVIr...

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For one who summons up one's faith and chants Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with the profound insight that now is the last moment of one's life, the sutra proclaims:  "When the lives of these persons come to an end, they will be received into the hands of a thousand Buddhas, who will free them from all fear and keep them from falling into the evil paths of existence."  How can we possibly hold back our tears at the inexpressible joy of knowing that not just one or two, nor just one hundred or two hundred, but as many as a thousand Buddhas will come to greet us with open arms!....
"Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life"  Vol. 1 p.216
Posted by Karen Wells on October 2, 2022
Happy Birthday Michael, 
Me & Papa John miss you so much Michael. Did not realize that you Birthday is on SGI World Peace Day. Who would have thought it. You had a great Mission for World Peace.  Loving you Always Karen & Papa John 10/02/2022.
Posted by RON CRENSHAW on June 29, 2022
Can't believe it's already been a year's time...I still feel your indomitable spirit & it makes me laugh, often. Miss u Mickey...❤️
Posted by Mary Smith on June 28, 2022
Hi Michael, I just said to Clyde we have over the years met some wonderful people. Thank you for always giving me those wonderful hugs and words of encouragement. I know Clyde misses you too. You were the only other person who shared the same birthday with him and told him how lucky he was. He still laughs about that. Thank you again for your wonderful friendship. Mary & Clyde
Posted by Karen Wells on June 28, 2022
Missing you, It doesn't seem like one year!! Love Ya! Karen
Posted by Sharon King on June 28, 2022
Oh Michael!!
Posted by Kim Brockington on June 28, 2022
Was thinking of you the other day and all your amazing brilliant talents. But mainly thinking of your kindness and huge generous heart. Your love and dedication to spiritual growth and your practice. Thank you for leaving your signature in the world and the extra sparkle and shine you always glowed so brightly! And honey thank you for those fierce garments in "Ed"! You wore it out! We were all sharp blade runner assassins...dressed to kill. Love and light my friend....Kim....miss u
Posted by Karen Wells on October 3, 2021
Here at the Center thinking about you Michael as we have our 3rd In Person Kosen Rufu Gongyo. I know you would be here getting all the Kisses and Hugs for your Birthday which was yesterday.  So I send Hugs and Kisses to your Mom, Sylvia, Faith and all your Family and Friends. Forever Chanting for you, Love Ya' Karen
Posted by Keith Shulman on October 2, 2021
Michael would be 62 today. He lives on in our hearts as a great human being who accomplished so much. He provided encouragement to his family, co-workers, and those of us who had the honor of participating with him at buddhist activities His life still shines on in the hearts of many!
Posted by Keith Shulman on August 1, 2021
Flo and Keith Shulman
Shared by Keith Shulman on August 1, 2021
It was truly an honor and privilege to have known Michael as a fellow member of the SGI (Soka Gakkai International or Value Creation Society) a lay buddhist organization. He was witty, and at times with Flo and I very sharp, but at the Buddhist discussion meetings he had a keen ability to put everyone at ease with kind words of encouragement and wisdom. Michael was so humble, that we never knew how accomplished and widely known he had become in his field of costume and fashion design. We are awed how in his later years, he challenged illness and overjoyed he was able have crowning achievements toward the end of his life We are especially overjoyed the Shakespeare theatre is honoring his work in many cities after his passing. Michael will be truly missed and his life lives on in the hearts of many! Thank you, Michael!
Posted by Merle Hedgepath on July 29, 2021
I don't how to begin. You have been my greatest pain and purest joy throughout our 38 year "sisterhood". What I will always remember is the laughter because that what we did most and of course chanting. You always amazed me with your brilliant talent, amazing eye for fashion, witty one liners, and fierce style, but more than anything it was your resilience to overcome and succeed when most would have given up. Your initials MAS (more in Spanish) could not have been more appropriate because Dahling you will always be the definition of MORE. I miss ours conversations that always started with Hey Gurl and my response of the same Heyyyy Gurl. Lastly, this memory will forever make me smile Scene: Brunch at The Penisula  Me: please Michael don't approach him  MAS: Chile please I just want to say hi and ask him for a picture  Me: rolling my eyes in the back of my head and turning my seat around  MAS: Excuse me MR. Rapper we laughed until tears rolled down our faces as Mr. Rapper (Chance) politely declined. Rest well my dear friend as you sketch new masterpieces for your next award winning productions. I miss and love you
Posted by Naomi Sheridan on July 26, 2021
Michael was such an amazing, creative, inspiring person. I am honored to have had the chance to work with him on many occasions in the SGI. He was always designing... NMRK
Posted by Linda Montgomery on July 23, 2021
Michael attended the meeting that was my first visit to CCC. He made sure to purchase a Winning Life for me and the other guests in attendance. We discussed human revolution from time to time over the years & sometimes participated in the same activities. I was always interested in admiring the skillful artistry of Michael's design scetches that he chose to share. It was fun to volunteer & work with Michael on the sewing committee and share the practice. 
Posted by Mayumi Mckenna on July 21, 2021
You are a true warrior fighting to create a peaceful society despite the challenges of your life! Thank you Michael so much for showing us how to live a victorious life!! I really miss your big smile and positive energy that brightens the entire room. Your love is deeply engraved in our hearts. Love, Mayumi
Posted by Mary Smith on July 20, 2021
Thank you for sharing Michael with us all these wonderful years, and all the special events he made the impossible, possible with us and for us. He made each of us feel so very special and loved. With immeasurable appreciation for Nam Myoho Renge Kyo we chanted together Michael, thank you. Always Mary and Clyde your buddies.
Posted by Karen Wells on July 20, 2021
Michael was always there when you needed him. He was busy guy. However, when ever you needed him he was there.  He never turned you down.
He would always find a way to get a project completed. And completed beautifully.  Michael will always be in my heart. Will be sending Prayers for you Eternal Benightment. You will be truly missed. Love Ya' Karen Wells
Posted by RON CRENSHAW on July 19, 2021
I've picked up the phone to call you at least half a dozen times....Where do I begin? 47 years of friendship! My brother....The world has lost a great one. The evidence of your incredible talent will live on forever, as will your spirit, in my heart and the hearts of your many friends. How do you sum up almost 50 years of friendship in a paragraph? Love you Mickey...Rest well.....
Posted by Kim Brockington on July 18, 2021
RIPARADISE beautiful soul!! Incredible fierce talent!! Sending love and light to your family from Betty and Kim much love❤

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Posted by Karen Wells on October 2, 2022
Happy Birthday Michael, 
Me & Papa John miss you so much Michael. Did not realize that you Birthday is on SGI World Peace Day. Who would have thought it. You had a great Mission for World Peace.  Loving you Always Karen & Papa John 10/02/2022.
Posted by RON CRENSHAW on June 29, 2022
Can't believe it's already been a year's time...I still feel your indomitable spirit & it makes me laugh, often. Miss u Mickey...❤️
Posted by Mary Smith on June 28, 2022
Hi Michael, I just said to Clyde we have over the years met some wonderful people. Thank you for always giving me those wonderful hugs and words of encouragement. I know Clyde misses you too. You were the only other person who shared the same birthday with him and told him how lucky he was. He still laughs about that. Thank you again for your wonderful friendship. Mary & Clyde
his Life
Michael Alan Stein, age 61, of Chicago, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on June 28, 2021. He is survived by his mother, Rose Marie Stein, sister Sylvia (Algie Hill), niece and nephew, Faithe and Kyle Hill.He is also survived by his aunt, Vivian Adams and cousins Rene and Kevin Adams and Sharon Wonsley (Robert). He is preceded in death by his father, Leon Douglas Stein, and cousin, Rev. Dr. Jerome Adams.

Michael was a talented artist from a young age and had a lifelong love of fashion. He designed women’s apparel under his own name and was an accomplished costume designer for theater, film, television and more. His work appeared on many prominent stages, including: eta Creative Arts Foundation, The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was also commissioned to design projects ranging from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to restaurant uniform design.

Michael received many awards and honors, including a Fellowship from The National Endowment for The Arts and a Joseph Jefferson Citation for outstanding achievement in costume design. Additionally, his original sketch and design for world-renowned artist and photographer Renee Cox’s RAJÉ (RAGE!) superhero character are placed in the permanent collection of Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

Michael Alan Stein was known to many as a talented designer and singular personality. To those near and dear to him, he will be remembered as a devoted son, loving brother, doting uncle, and cherished friend. He will be missed dearly.

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Shared by Florence Donaldson on July 20, 2021
Michael always had a huge presence when he walked into a room and had such an infectious spirit that kept you laughing no matter how difficult the project we were working on.  I  am honored to have known such a innovative designer and genuine spirit.  I'll see you next lifetime chanting and sewing.