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Deena Edna Biren

May 12, 1922 - August 20, 2013
Deena Biren of Beverly Hills, CA died peacefully Aug. 20, 2013. She was 91.

Deena attended the University of Michigan and Parsons School of Design in New York. When World War II broke out, she worked in her hometown, Rochester, New York for Bausch and Lomb. Deena enlisted in the women's Marine Air Force and was stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina where she was in charge of the Art Department. When transferred to Washington, D.C., Deena worked on top secret plans for the Office of the Commandant of the Marine Air Force.

Once the war ended, Deena lived for a brief time in Dallas and worked for Neiman-Marcus, before moving to Los Angeles in 1946. Her first job was as floor manager at I. Magnin. She met John Biren on a blind date; he took her to the Hollywood Bowl. They were married on March 23, 1947.

Throughout her life, Deena was an active volunteer with City of Hope, Hadassah, Girl Scouts, World Affairs Council, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, and Helping Hand Gift Shop at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition, she had a wide range of interests and abilities, from politics to painting to Chinese cooking.

Deena is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, John, her children, Dyanne Aponte, Renee Kleaveland, Eric Biren and Curt Biren, her nieces Holly and Bonny Harbinger, Priscilla Locketz, and her nephews, Harvey, Art, David, Jeremy, Harmon and Daniel Kaslow, Matt, Evan and Jordan Biren and Stan Green. She also leaves grandchildren, Ben, Celena, Nina, Kira, Clare, Dylan, Elane, Charlotte, Chloe, Abe and Lana, and great-granddaughter, Elly.

A service for family and close friends will be held at noon, Sunday, August 25 at Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Temple Isaiah and Helping Hand at Cedars-Sinai.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 24, 2013
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