Funeral Details

Renee Friedman-Druzinsky

April 27, 1956 - August 6, 2022


Date and Time

Monday, August 8, 2022 at 12 Noon


Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
1201 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
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Rabbi Nina Mizrahi
Cantor Jennifer Frost


Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
1400 South Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
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Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
1201 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
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Monday following the interment 3PM - 8PM

Druzinsky Residence
3436 Glenview Road
Glenview, Illinois 60025
Tuesday and Wednesday 5PM - 9PM
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Memorial Contributions

Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
EverThrive Illinois
1006 South Michigan Avenue, #200
Chicago, Illinois 60605

Understanding Shiva


Renee Friedman-Druzinsky

Beloved wife of Robert Druzinsky. Loving mother of Rachael (Milena Stosic) Druzinsky and Leah (Charles) Posner. Proud grandmother of Mia Stosic-Druzinsky and Harold Posner. Dear daughter of Beatrice (the late Eugene) Friedman.Dear sister of Ronald Friedman.

Renee was a tenacious advocate for social justice her entire life. In high school she was a draft counselor, a volunteer for HeadStart, and an organizer for Project 70. After high school she went to Northwestern University and then Washington University in St. Louis for Law School. In her third year of law school, she was the editor of the Urban Law Annual in 1980.

Renee spent her entire career working with the same group of attorneys. She joined Borge and Pitt, a firm that specialized in municipal finance. Renee has been in the Public Finance Department of Katten (Katten, Muchin, Rosenman) since the mid-1980's when Borge and Pitt merged with Katten. The focus of her work was municipal bonds to finance schools, hospitals, wind farms, and other large, non-profit organizations.

Outside of her work life, Renee was a very active supporter of social justice organizations, especially those focused on women and children. She was a longtime board member of EverThrive (Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition). Through her law firm, Renee supported Girls in the Game, an organization that seeks to empower young women through engagement in sports. She worked very hard to have her synagogue, B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, become an early member of United Power for Action and Justice.

In addition to her demanding career and extensive volunteer work, Renee was an exceptional friend who nurtured many close, life-long relationships. Renee adored her husband Robert and they were a couple that personified a loving relationship. She was incredibly proud of her daughters, Rachael and Leah, who grew up to become strong, independent, educated women with their own children. Renee’s legacy will live on through her daughters and grandchildren.

Service Monday 12 Noon at B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield. Interment Waldheim Jewish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her memory to Southern Poverty Law Center 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104, or EverThrive Illinois, 1006 South Michigan Ave., #200, Chicago, IL 60605, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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I’m saddened to hear of Renee’s passing.
Wishing the family moments of peace and comfort as you remember her.
May her sweet soul rest in peace.

Jill Jacobs
August 7, 2022
so many wonderful memories!

Lisa Helford
August 7, 2022
My deepest sympathy. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love.

Michael Melzer
August 8, 2022
Renee was such an amazing light and enjoyed serving on Everthrive Board of Directors with her. She truly cared about folks. My deepest condolences to the family.

Tamela Milan-Alexander
August 8, 2022
Sending all our love.

Hannah and Jeremy Helberg
August 8, 2022
Dear Robert, Rachael and Leah,
It is with a heavy heart that I learned of Renee’s passing. A bright light gone too soon.
Her generous contribution of time and talent to Hands of Peace was so appreciated, especially during those tumultuous early years. She was a steady presence and always willing to share her legal expertise.
Holding you all in my heart,

Gretchen Grad
August 14, 2022