Aug. 12, 1919 - Aug. 19, 2017
Isabel Brody, 98, a native of Taft, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at her home in Pittsburgh, PA.
She was born Aug. 12, 1919 in Los Angeles to Fannie (Heda) Dienstein and Joseph Dienstein and grew up with her three older siblings in Taft, where her father was the town tailor.
She graduated from Taft High School in 1936, from Taft Junior College in 1938 and then from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941 with a degree in dietetics and nutrition.
After a year’s internship in Los Angeles, she joined the U.S. Army as a dietitian and served in troop hospitals in England and in France during World War II.
After the end of the war, she reunited in Taft with Leonard Brody, just returned from the Pacific. The two had met at her family’s house when he was stationed at the Army Air Base in Taft. They were married Nov. 5, 1945 in Bakersfield.
The couple moved to the Chicago area, where they raised their family. After both retired, they settled in Venice, FL, in 1988. He died in 2000 and she moved to Pittsburgh in 2012 to be near family.
She made friends easily because of her sweet disposition. She never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything. She left life simply and quietly, at home, just a week after celebrating her 98th birthday.
She is survived by two sons Howard Brody (wife Daralyn) of Knoxville, TN, and Jeff Brody (wife Joyce Brown) of Silverdale, WA and a daughter, Fern Brody of Pittsburgh; a brother, Ben Dienstein (wife Julie) of San Rafael, CA, five grandchildren and six nieces and nephews. Her husband, Leonard, brother William Dienstein and sister Rosalie Dienstein Nauman preceded her in death.
Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL 34293.