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Pearle Banks Brody
(04-22-1922 - 09-08-2012)

M. Pearle Banks Brody died in Boston on September 8, 2012, after a brief struggle with pneumonia. She was born in Chicago on April 22, 1922 and raised there by her mother and stepfather, Rhea and Oscar Herzberg. Upon graduating from Roosevelt High School, she went to work as an assistant manager at Goldblatt’s Department Store and served as a USO volunteer during World War II. On December 8, 1947, she married Edward Brody; the couple had a son, Martin, who was born in 1949. After living briefly in DeKalb, Illinois the family moved to Elgin in 1952. Pearle and Ed lived there joyously for 59 years.

Family, friendship, and community service offered her a life of enormous, unending rewards: She was an utterly devoted wife, mother, and daughter. Over six decades living in Elgin, she was especially active in the Sisterhood and Hadassah organizations of the Congregation Kneseth Israel, and she was at the heart of many benevolent programs initiated by Elgin’s Jewish community. Along with her husband, Ed, she championed the Elgin Symphony Orchestra from the organization’s early years. The orchestra’s extraordinary achievements were an ongoing source of pride and satisfaction to her until the end of her life.

She is survived by her son, Martin Brody, daughter-in-law, Katharine Park, and an extended family of relatives and beloved friends. A funeral service will be held on October 14, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 330 Division Street, Elgin, Illinois. Burial will follow in Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Memorials may be given to Congregation Kneseth Israel. www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com 0r 847-741-8800.

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