Wisconsin retailer Morton Komisar dies at 85
February 19, 2014,
MEQUON, Wis. — Morton H. Komisar, 85, part of the family that owns Milwaukee-based BiltRite Furniture, died Jan. 9.
The son of Russian immigrants Fishke and Masha Komisar, Mort Komisar attended Marquette University, served in the Army and in 1950, married Claire Kerns, daughter of BiltRite founder Irwin Kerns.
Komisar spent more than 60 years at BiltRite Furniture, where he eventually worked with his wife, son, daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and grandsons.
Komisar saw BiltRite grow from a small upholstery shop to a larger store that now operates at a 64,000-square-foot location on Layton Avenue in Greenfield, Wis. BiltRite is the oldest furniture store in the metropolitan Milwaukee area.
Friends said Komisar always had a smile on his face and treated his customers, friends, family, and employees with warmth, dignity, and respect. In 2013, BiltRite furniture and the Komisar family were honored by State of Israel Bonds for their commitment and investments in State of Israel Bonds.
Survivors include his wife, son Marty Komisar, daughter Maureen Komisar and grandchildren Randi Schachter, Bradley Komisar and Noah Komisar.
Memorials may be made to the Jewish Home and Care Center, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. 53202.