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Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Brian Izen


Interment - Private

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Izen Residence
681 Dunhill Drive
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Friday 4PM- 8PM
Saturday 6PM- 9PM
Sunday 2PM- 6PM
Weather permitting, shiva will be indoors and outdoors

Memorial Contributions

National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, New York 10016


Brian Izen, age 44

Beloved husband and best friend for over 15 years of Danielle “my love”, nee Rozanski. Loving father of Kyle and Lucas Izen. Proud son of Joseph and Lesley Izen. Dear brother of Robert Izen. Cherished nephew of Rita Izen and Renee (the late Steven) Bielsker. Adored uncle of Mikayliah, McKinsey and Jayke Izen. Fond cousin of Staci (Michael) Klein and Rebecca (Stephen) Pagano. Will be missed by Brian’s heroes, Kyle Liebich and Steve Pagano and friends too numerous to mention. Brian worked for JP Morgan Chase bank for over twenty years, touching many clients and coworkers lives along the way. Was a proud dad of his two boys and loved making everything they did together, an adventure. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the chapel service and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, To attend the funeral live stream, Friday 9:30 AM, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Alan Feutz

Brian and I have been friends for over 15 years, I am going to miss him more than he could ever know. He was the rock of our Chase family and the glue that kept many current and old friends together. I have never met anyone who said anything negative about Brian, literally ever single person who met him says he’s ‘the nicest person ever’. I feel so blessed for knowing him and having his friendship for so long. I miss him already and will forever have an aching in my heart. I love you Brian.

Scott Cimo

What to say about my “Bwyin”. We’ve been friends for over 15 years. I cannot begin to explain the joy he added to my life. There’s so many great times to think of. Laughs, family time, even work. Chasing him in vegas, running around doing everything while he sat on the boat, watching him get excited ordering a sea food tower, and trying different restaurants because he found a great Yelp review. Somehow he made the most boring activities and meetings fun. Just one look over at Brian put a smile on my face. He loved life and everyone loved him. He loved his family and it was a joy to see. He loved his friends and that feeling will be with me forever. Bwyin, that button will never pop again. You’ll always be in my heart. I love you man.

Justin Perlut

While working with Brian for over 15 years there was not a time my day didn't instantly get better after speaking with Brian. He was truly a special soul, who always knew how to make the best of every circumstance. Brian had the knack to always find a way to make me laugh especially when we were in the middle of a meeting or presentation. He had the exceptional ability to relate with people, make connections and influence others. He was a proud father, husband and son who loved to share stories about his boys and all fun they would have together. I am broken hearted knowing Brian is no longer with us. I love you Brian!

Jimmy Carrillo

I had the pleasure of working with Brian over the last 3 years. He was an amazing, kind and gentle soul. I appreciated his friendship and his positive attitude each and every day - he always made us laugh . Bless you and your family - you will be missed

Eliana Mitropoulos

I had the pleasure of hiring Brian back when he first interviewed with First Chicago, now Chase Bank many years ago. I will always remember his enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and help others. I remember his contagious smile that always brightened our office. He was such a hard worker. I could always count on him when needed and knew he would be very successful. My heart aches for his family and friends. Our prayers are with the Izen family. May he Rest in Peace.

Eydee Schultz

Sending Love and Heartfelt sympathies at this time. May the love among your family and the memories of Brian bring you peace in the future. Brian’s happiness showed through his radiant smile and kind eyes. I know through stories from Lesley and Joe, what a wonderful man Brian was and that he made a positive impact on his family and friends throughout his life. On the rare times I met him through the years, whether he was a child or adult, he always stopped to have a sincere and friendly conversation. Brian was a special person! Certainly his memory will be a blessing to you all. My heart is with you,

Glen Miller

I got to know Brian through Kyle and my relationship with JPM. Brian always had a wonderful smile on his face and made people he encountered feel welcome. Brian's passing will bring great sadness not only to his family and friends, but to the world as a whole. Walking into the Deerfield Branch of JPM/Chase will never be the same for me or the other customers there. Brian brought a special aura to the world, and he will be sadly missed. It has been my pleasure and honor to have come to know Brian and to work with him. He was a blessing beyond measure.

Scott Dubin

My deepest sympathies to the Izen family and all those grieving. I’m sorry for your loss. I will miss Brian greatly. My memories of our time together will continue to live on. Brian was special, and was special to me. He was kind, funny, generous, and able to connect with people in a meaningful way. I’m lucky to have met Brian when I did, and to have his friendship as we went through college, young adulthood and beyond together. I was privileged to have someone like him to lean on, and welcomed returning the favor. Seeing what he had become was a wonderful sight. His love for his wife, children, family and friends was enormous, and proudly displayed. My condolences to you all. I hope we cross paths so we can share our stories of Brian, though never as well as he could tell a story. I love Brian and will miss him always.

Michael Love

My deepest sympathy to all of Brian's family and friends. I got to know Brian through our time together at Chase and have come to think of him as a friend. There are so many times I can remember being at a Chicago sporting event and just knowing when I text him he was probably there to. Often we would meet up before games and talk about what giveaway was happening that day and how excited he was for it. Throughout the years if I saw a certain Chicago bobblehead giveaway or sale I would instantly text Brian the details. He would usually reply that he already had it or was on his way to get it. He was truly one of a kind and he will be missed greatly.

Carol Komie-Taylor

I was so unbelievably shocked and saddened to hear of Brian's passing. I have such fond memories of Brian and growing up in Wilmette with him just down the street. His wonderful smile, infectious personality, and calming presence is something I look back on with great affection. Watching him be a husband and father (via Facebook) always brightened my day as he seemed so genuinely happy and content. To the whole Izen family, I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by more people than you can imagine,

Susan Fefferman

I met Brian over 15 years ago at Chase bank. He was
a great manager and leader. He encouraged his team to be themselves and have fun. He was a people person who was genuine and caring and selfless, also a big foodie! I stopped in the branch last week to catch up with Brian. We had fun discussing our families, careers, retirement (since I recently retired) and goals. He was so proud
of Danielle and his boys. We reminisced about people we knew and funny stories, like when we got audited when his son Kyle was born and joked about naming him audit! He will be greatly missed but not forgotten. RIP Brian.

Erin Heilbrunn

I'm heartbroken to hear of Brian's passing. Because of our moms' friendship, he's one of the first playmates I can remember having as a toddler. Brian was always a kind person, and though it's been years since we'd seen each other in person, I always enjoyed keeping up with him on Facebook and seeing photos of his beautiful family, of whom he was clearly very proud. My heart goes out to the entire Izen family. May his memory be for a blessing.

Warren and Mariam Shabaz

Dear sweet Brian from the time he and our son andrew became friends Brian was a JOY to be around. He was always respectful and loving. We considered Brian one of are own. Our hearts go out to all the Izen family. Leslie and Joe you are in our thoughts God bless you all

Sean Herron

My deepest condolences to the Izen Family. I had the pleasure of being friends with Brian for the past 10 years. We started our relationship as peers at JP Morgan Chase, but quickly grew into great friends. I will always remember Brian for his love for family, Chicago sports, all things Disney and amazing food. I will cherish forever the experiences that we shared at sporting events, taking our families to Disney and countless hours on the phone laughing. Absolutely the best!!!!

Todd Wentland

Dear Izen family, Brian loved you all so much and always shared with us the times spent with Danielle, Kyle, and Lucas at Bulls/Cubs/Hawks games, Disneyworld, and restaurants. Always had the perfect recommendation for a quick bite. He loved reminiscing about your celebrity encounters with Kane, Pippen and a whole slew of sports celebrities. A few of my fondest memories were running a 5k together (ok we walked it and technically we took shortcuts when possible), trying new lunch spots near the branch, and sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley (yes, it was bobble head day). Brian was an incredible mentor and truly enjoyed getting to know everyone at the bank. His legacy will live on in all our hearts. We love you, Brian! Your work "family"... because that's how he treated us

Dario Buenrostro

I had the pleasure of meeting Brian 12 years ago when he became my manager. We had an adventure on our very first day together when our car got booted while having lunch in the city. After calling to have it removed and being told it would take 3 hours, it started raining on us. It was a laugh or cry moment and we both looked at each other and laughed, we were friends ever since. Through the years I got to know what a great person Brian was and how he lived every day as if it was his last. He loved his family and was very proud of his boys. He was such a positive person who made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was always there for me whenever I needed him and I feel blessed to have been able to call him my friend. My deepest, heartfelt sympathies go out to the Izen family and all who morn the loss of a great friend. Rest In Peace Primo.

Steve Gootee

Brian...I have a bobble head in my closet right now with your name on it! Have you seen that Tron is half done at Disney?? Coming soon my friend and we don’t even have to go to Shanghai.
That’s the thing about Brian, he always made you think of him. He would get so excited talking about the things he loved. It made you want to jump on board and feel just the way he did. His humor...oh man! The build up of his stories...the dead serious punchlines. He had me in tears so many times. His kindness and integrity were truly inspiring. Everyone who knew Brian loved him and loved being around him. I feel very fortunate that our paths crossed. My deepest condolences to the Izen family.

Vito Angelilli

Brian, you are a great friend and will truly be missed. I always remind my son Peter of your gift he cherished when he was born. That gift would help him sleep every night. You and I worked together since First Chicago, and I'll never forget the great times at our monthly celebrations and meetings - you always made them easier. My condolences to your family.

Brad Weintraub

I am so sorry that we lost Brian way too soon. I do not have many close friends or the type of bond Brian and I shared with our love of sports (especially the White Sox), food, family, movies, career and just making each other laugh. I always admired Brian for how much he loved (and showed it) his family and especially Danielle and the kids. When I was first introduced to Brian more then 23 years ago, he quickly figured out and always reminded me that as kids we went to overnight camp together at Timberland. When I married Amy, it was Brian that signed our Ketubah. That Ketubah has hung in our bedroom for the last 16 years. When I look at it each day, I will now get to see his signature and be reminded of how special Brian was to our family. I wish I can take the immediate pain away from his family and friends but I know that all of the memories we have of Brian will live on forever. I will miss you my dear friend.

Melinda malick

Brian was a bright and warm light in the lives of people that were fortunate enough to have met him. He was humble and sincere. He was always the first one to lend support or a helping hand. The world has lost one of the best. I will eternally miss you.

Marla Massie

I was saddened to read that my past neighbor from Dunhill Drive passed away. Danielle & boys I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing.

Carol Metivier

Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to the Izen family at this sad time. As well, to all of the people Brian touched-his friends, colleagues, teams and clients-too many to count. I had the good fortune to have Brian as both my manager and my co worker during our years together at Chase. He was always a role model of all that is good and right. Brian had compassion and authenticity, and he could always make me smile with his positive attitude and sense of humor. They say that those we love do not go away, but live on in our hearts and memories. So Brian will surely live forever. May he Rest in Peace.

Rosalyn Cooper

I never had the pleasure of working with Brian, however my husband has worked with him at Deerfield Chase for close to 10 years. Whenever I would bring our girls to visit Deerfield Chase, or when I would stop in to see my husband, Brian was of course always there. The way he walked around the branch, always with that giant and infectious smile. Always with an excited and friendly greeting. The loss of Brian has been felt on a wide spread level, which is evidence of the incredible legacy he has left behind. He will forever be remembered for his ability to bring laughter, joy and success. All our love to Danielle, Kyle and Luke, and all of Brian's many family members, friends and colleagues and clients, who are all grieving the loss of a truly remarkable man.

Arash Saffarzadeh

I was saddened to hear the heartbreaking news that Brian is no longer with us. I feel fortunate to have known Brian and the time we spent together. I will never forget the incredible memories I have of him. He had a brilliant sense of humor. I always admired his natural talent for connecting and making everyone around him feel at ease. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. May he Rest in Peace.

Luke Sundheim

Brian was such a special person. He made everyone around him feel like family and had so much warmth. From the moment I met him we hit it off. While we didn't see each other often every time we ran into one another it felt like it had been hours not years since our last encounter. I last saw him at the Wilmette pool in August of 2019 and we talked about our love of local eateries and new places to get a great meal. I know it's been echoed countless times, but he will be so deeply missed. The world needs more people like Brian and it is so unfair to lose someone so special. My heart goes out to his entire family and please know we are always here for you.

David Galla

Dear Joe, Leslie, Danielle, Robbie.
There are no words that can express the sorrow of Brian's passing. May your belief, foundation and importance of your wonderful Family, with time,provide strength, guidance, courage through your Love and Friendship for each other. My deep, and sincere condolences, and sympathy to the entire Izen Family.

Michael Wu

I only knew Brian from the baseball fields, where our sons played played together for four seasons. He was always a gentleman and his devotion to his beloved family was obvious. The Wu family offers our deepest sympathies.

Andee Pawlow

I met Brian at the bank. I was so lucky to have known him. He always had a smile on his face and helped everyone more than we could ask for. He loved his family more than anything and always talked about them. Brian made everyone feel special and really cared about you as a person not a bank customer. As the years went on I found out that Joe was Brian's dad. I went to school with Joe. My thoughts are with you and your family and I know how much Brian will be missed. I will miss him too.
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