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Funeral Details

Leanne Heidi Star


Interment - Private

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We kindly request that people forgo the usual food delivery and meal drop off and instead contribute to New Trier Township Angel Fund, Inc. or Fair Fight (Act Blue).

Tuesday, January 26th - Thursday, January 28th
4PM - 5PM
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Memorial Contributions

New Trier Township Angel Fund, Inc.
739 Elm Street
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Fair Fight (Act Blue)
1270 Caroline Street, Suite D120-311
Atlanta, Georgia 30307


Leanne Heidi Star of Wilmette, IL, a talented editor and writer, avid volunteer, skilled wordsmith, and loving mom, grandmother, sister and fiancé, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the age of 72.

She grew up in Park Forest, IL the second of five siblings and was then known as “DeeDee.” As a child she enjoyed and taught ballet, reading, and French and interned for Ann Landers. She attended the University of Chicago (class of ‘69) and the University of California, Berkeley where she received Bachelors and Masters degrees in comparative literature. Although not religious growing up, she learned to read Hebrew as an adult and became a bat mitzvah at the age of 57. She taught literature and writing at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Colby College in Maine, and at universities in Taiwan and China before becoming a freelance writer for Northwestern University among other organizations. She would have been the first person to read this over and offer her edits. She most recently managed a blog called Star Gazing for Chicago Now, and authored numerous play reviews for various publications.

She was a dedicated volunteer who was passionate about architecture and was a docent (class of 2011) for the Chicago Architecture Center for the popular river tour, amongst others, receiving 5-star reviews for her work. She took great pride in having created new tours and training incoming docents. She also marched for women’s rights and politically progressive causes, and was active in her congregation and choir. An avid and competitive puzzler and Scrabble player, she routinely hit “Queen Bee” status doing the New York Times Spelling Bee. In addition to her other hobbies, she designed and sewed personalized quilts for each of her 6 grandkids and always celebrated their birthdays with homemade cookies. She also loved exercising, trying new fitness classes, and walking her dogs.

Prior to COVID, she would host a regular minion for her synagogue, Congregation Hakafa, at her house and volunteered at A Just Harvest. More recently, she could be found dropping off her famed matzah ball soup for a sick friend or baking scones for her grandkids. She loved to travel and was always planning her next trip (Iceland and Israel amongst her favorites) or shuttling back and forth between her daughters’ houses. She was the favorite babysitter who was known as “Gaga” or “Grandma Leanne” by her grandchildren. Most of all, she was a Woman of Valor.

She is survived by her fiancé John D’Asto; her three daughters Maia Feigon (Michael Conti), Brooke Feigon (Gautam Chinta), and Gera Feigon (Joseph Rosenberg); her siblings Amy Star (Robert Falanga), Merrie Star (Gregory Scheuer), Natalie Star (Peter Kimball), and Vincent Star (Diane Stroing); her six grandchildren Avinash Feigon, Emilia Rosenberg, Henry Rosenberg, Naveen Feigon, Eleanor Conti, and Lucille Conti; her niece Rebecca Falanga and nephew Aaron Kimball. She was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Dorothy Star.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, the chapel service and interment are private. A funeral live stream and memorial will be made available via Chicago Jewish Funerals, followed by Zoom Shiva daily (times to be announced) Tuesday, January 26th - Monday, February 1st for those who wish to share the blessings of her memory. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Trier Township Angel Fund, Inc., 739 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093, or Fair Fight (Act Blue), 1270 Caroline Street Suite D120-311 Atlanta, GA 30307, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Kingsley Day

Leanne was an extremely kind, smart, and generous friend and colleague. I'm devastated that I will never see her, talk to her, or get an email from her again, but I will treasure my good fortune in having known her.

Tovah Passe

I was lucky enough to know Gaga, through Avinash and Naveen Feigon. She was a devoted grandma usually with a camera in her hands. She was always capturing beautiful moments of everyone that she later shared with you. She was kind and easy to talk to and every time she visited she was so proud of Brooke, as a mother and a daughter and never missed an opportunity to tell you. It is a great loss and one that will take time to mourn. We send our love to the whole family. May God take your sorrow out to sea and return to shore only wonderful and happy memories to wash over you.

Sudhakar Rachakonda

I am truly sorry for your loss. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Steve Silver

We had the joy of meeting Leanne through our dear friend John. She was a loving and brilliant woman. Always generous with her time. She shared her cooking with us, she let one of our sons interview her for a school project, and she made John very happy. We will miss her terribly.

Keven Roth

I met Dee Dee in kindergarten. We were in grade school and Junior High and High school together. She was always the smartest kid in any class but never bragged about it. We hung out together...she was good friend.

Andy Connor

Leanne was a good person and a friend. I will miss her. At moments like this, words are not enough, but John Lennon said "In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make." Leanne made lots and many hearts are broken now.

Nate Torch

My heartfelt condolences to the entire family of Leanne Star, daughters, fiancé, siblings and grandchildren . To Maia, Brooke and Gera, you all have a shining light that will remain in your hearts and remind you of the numerous fond memories to help carry you forward over the days, weeks and months ahead. May you all heal with strength and contentment that you had a truly wonderful mother in your lives.

Kim Gnat

I met Leanne when we worked together at Northwestern University. I remember laughing a lot, one conversation in particular was about her entertaining a job offer at American Girl. She decided against, and we laughed some more. May her memory be for a blessing.

Pam Sloan

Leanne was a vibrant compassionate women. Deepest condolences on this sad and unexpected occasion. Her legacy, her beautiful daughters and their families will live on as meaningful testament to her life.

Erica Gibb

When my father died, Leanne sent me words of remembrance from the Jewish memorial service. Speaking as someone who knew, she wrote of the huge pleasure a parent takes in their children's careers, marriages, and children. "They say that grief is the price we pay for love, so your grief must be heavy indeed." As she said to me, I'll say to you: my heart goes out to you.

Yelena Dunaevsky

I am sending my deepest condolences to the entire family. I had the pleasure of meeting Leanne only briefly at one of the family Thanksgivings and saw immediately where my friend Maia got her spark and her wit. Leanne was wonderful and interesting and had a lot of fun with my toddler. It is so sad and heart-wrenching to hear of her leaving us so suddenly and prematurely, but I know that she left behind three wonderful daughters who would not have been what they are without her love and guidance. Yelena

Kim Feigon

Maia, Brooke, and Gera,
My heart goes out to you all. Losing a mother so suddenly is a hurt like no other and so hard to comprehend. Your mother was a special, unique and vibrant person, attested by the beautiful service with such warm and personal remembrances. She is dearly missed by all of us who knew her. May your memories and the support of family and friends help you through this difficult time and beyond. My heart and love and prayers are with you all and the entire family.

Rebecca Falanga

i miss her so much! I loved going to my cousins weddings Leanne was my best dancing portner and when you first granchild was born we got to face time i will miss thouse face times. all miss going to the musium with her and walk though butterfly gardens . I can't call her and ask her for advice and that makes me realy said.

Dianne Mears-Mustafa

I was friends with Leanne from early grade school to now. We didn't stay in touch always, but we continually reconnected. My favorite memories are walking home from our various schools. During one of our walks, Leanne told me I should be a social worker when I was older. I didn't know what social workers did and I didn't realize til a few years later that her mother was a social worker. Guess what I got my masters degree in and spent most of my adult life doing? I was a social worker for the Welfare, Health, Mental Health, and Education departments all over the country. Thank you, Leanne, for planting that seed and helping make my life so very happy and rewarding. Sending love and hugs to your family and fiance, whom you loved so much.
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