Deirdre Marnie "DeeDee" Brent
Born at the Lying-in Hospital in Chicago (University of Chicago) to Murielle Weinberg Bernstein and Irving Bernstein, the family moved to 576 Melody Lane in Highland Park when Deirdre was very young. Deirdre attended Ravinia School and Highland Park High School, graduating in 1970. After that, she excelled academically for two years while at Boston University, although she never felt comfortable being so far from home there. Deirdre then attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison for about two years. She was a very bright and creative person who enjoyed drawing, painting and sculpture. For a time, she made beaded jewelry which she sold through various shops and on her own. Deirdre relished acting, story-telling, chatting with people from all walks of life, and she was a good writer. Deirdre enjoyed life, in general, and was very fond of the many cats that she had throughout her life, as well as being proud of her relationship with a squirrel that would eat out of her hand. She enjoyed visiting the parks and beaches of the Highland Park area, and was a frequent guest at various restaurants in this area. Deirdre was very proud of her heritage and of being a Highland Park native. Ms. Brent was very close to her mother, who died in 2006. Her father died many years ago. She left behind a sister, Stephanie, and two close long-time friends, John McNulty and Bill Arndt. Deirdre was buried in Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights on February 25, 2019. She is sorely missed by her friends and family members who could see with their hearts.

Published by News Sun on May 25, 2019.
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I was a friend of Dierdre's in the mid-80s when we both lived in Evanston. I was thinking about her today and did an internet search, and learned of her passing. I am so sad to learn of it. She was a sweet person who was full of love and humor. May she rest in peace.
Jeff Bloom
November 28, 2020
I was going through a box of old letters and I came upon the ones from Dede from the 70's. I decided to look her up and found this sad news of her passing. I knew Dede in Madison when we both lived in the Villa Maria. She was such a nice, funny and sweet person. I'm sorry for your loss.
Susan LeVine
August 4, 2020
Remembering and missing Deirdre on this anniversary of her passing and always. What a treasured presence she was!
Mary Hexter Moneypenny
May 19, 2020
StephanieI'm so sorry for your loss. Deirdre was wonderful looking after my kids while I worked when I needed child care support. But I valued her as a friend, as well. She was so modest that I never realized the full extent of her versatility and creativity. Thank you for sharing her life story.

Blessings on your path!
Mary Hexter Moneypenny
April 10, 2020
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