Penny Kahan
Chicago Jewish Funerals
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL
Penny Nathan Kahan, nee Schwartz, formerly Penny Nathan Furhman, age 72, passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Penny was the soul mate and wife of Brian Burrows, mother of Daniel Furhman (Claire Sebastian) and Noah Furhman (Karina), stepmother of Karin Stolarski (Joe), grandmother of Reese Furhman, James Furhman, William Stolarski and Emma Stolarski, sister of Gil, Sondra and Chuck, and lifelong best friend of Ruth Phillips (Barry). Penny was born in Chicago, attended Sullivan High School, earned a B.A. from Roosevelt University in 1966, did graduate work at the University of Chicago, and earned a J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1978. She worked in the state's attorney's office and founded the law firm of Penny Nathan Kahan and Associates in 1983. Penny's career as an attorney was focused on helping people who suffered from workplace unfairness and discrimination. She was greatly appreciated by her clients and highly respected by her colleagues. During her career Penny had a number of accomplishments. She was one of the co-founders of The National Employment Lawyers Association in 1985 and the founder of its Illinois affiliate. Today NELA has over 4000 members nationwide. In 2000 she was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2002. In 2008 she was recognized as one of the Top Ten Woman Lawyers in the state representing individual consumers of legal services. Penny closed her practice in 2010 due to complications from her illness. After closing her practice Penny enjoyed several years of world travel and spending time with her beloved family. In lieu of flowers please donate to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Illinois Chapter, [email protected] A celebration of Penny's life will be held at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road) on Sunday, February 19 at 2PM. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,

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Published by Chicago Tribune from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5, 2017.
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Today, I was looking online for Penny's office number so I could refer a colleague to her. When I saw her obituary, I was shocked and saddened to learn that she's passed away. My sympathies go out to all that knew, loved and respected her. She was a positive force for change in the HR / Employment Law field. As a long time HR practitioner, her name came up time and time again when it came to employees wanting to take action. As an HR person, I would fear getting mail that had her return office address on it but as a working woman in a professional world that still to this very day needs reform, I was so very glad she was out there.
Michele Begovich
August 22, 2019
Penny was the originator and the lifeblood of our book club. She had intellectual curiosity, compassion for humanity, and a desire to make this crazy world we live in a better place. We will continue our book club in her honor and are so appreciative of her bringing us all together. Thank you Penny. I will forever keep you in my heart.
Laura Mishlove
February 15, 2017
I knew Penny through NELA/Illinois where we both served on the Board for about a decade (though she pre-dated my service by several decades!). We have lost a tremendous advocate and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Anne Choate
February 14, 2017
I knew Penny through her work with NELA/Illinois. I'm very sorry to learn of her death. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
Ron Schwartz
February 9, 2017
I will always remember the good times and will love you all my life.
Rest in peace dear sister
I'll see you on the other side

Sister Sondra
February 9, 2017
I had the good fortune of working for Penny for more than four years. In that time I was fortunate to witness her in action: she was a fierce and unflinching advocate for her clients and a constant thorn (in a good way) in opposing counsel's side. She was well-respected on both sides of the bar and she was a great role model for all female lawyers.

She was a true mentor to me even after I left her firm and I will miss her greatly.

Love to Brian, Danny and Noah. You three were the lights of her life. You will be in my thoughts.
February 8, 2017
We shall all miss her. She was a trailblazer.
Darlene Vorachek
February 6, 2017
Penny made an enormous difference in the lives of others. Aside from her tremendous advocacy skills, she had great empathy for others and incredible strength. She served as a stunning role model for those who follow her with a life-threatening illness. I will miss her.

Fern Trevino, friend and colleague
February 6, 2017
Penny added her own unique sense of style to go along with her fiery brand of advocacy. She was aggressive, she was tenacious, she was passionate but most of all she remained. The plaintiff's bar has lost a great one, now, for a second time. Penny, we will miss you.
L. Steven Platt, Past President of NELA
February 5, 2017
Penny was a fierce but honorable advocate for her clients, but more important a dear friend. That's why I asked her to be best [wo]man at my wedding. She was devoted to her sons Noah and Danny and glowed at the mention of Brian's name. My deepest condolences to them and to all who weep for the loss.
Michael Leech
February 5, 2017
Penny was a a fierce but honorable advocate for her clients and more important, a dear friend. That's why I asked her to be the best [wo]man at my wedding. She loved her sons Noah and Danny devotedly and glowed at the mention of Brian's name. My heartfelt condolences to them and to all whose lives, like mine, were richer for her.
Michael Leech
February 5, 2017
Juan.5.28.29.muy pronto jehova y jesucristo cumpliran su promesa por amor a toda la humanidad
February 3, 2017
I was proud to be the co-founder of NELA - Illinois, along with Penny, and to serve as one of the organization's President. I am so proud that NELA and our legacy remains strong today to defend employee rights and equality up through the highest levels of govt. today more important than ever to carry on the work we began here 30 years ago...
robin potter
February 3, 2017
To Penny's family and friends: may every note of sympathy, every thought, and every hug given by those who care somehow have the power to ease the sorrow in your hearts.
Barbara Binder
February 2, 2017
Brian,Danny and Noah,
No words can express the heartbreaking loss of our beautiful Penny and I am reaching out to send my condolences. May her memory be for a blessing.
Edye Gershman
February 2, 2017
Penny was a generous and thoughtful friend. I will greatly miss her.
Kristen Prinz
February 2, 2017
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I knew Penny through the book club she founded, which focused on world literature. Penny's curiosity, intelligence, integrity combined with open-heartedness led all of us who were lucky enough to be part of the group to grow into more thoughtful and compassionate humans. She will be deeply missed.
Debbie Nall
February 2, 2017
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