Deb Dendler passed away on 9/23/2020 after a long battle with breast cancer, two days
before what would have been her 70th birthday. She was born in Chicago in 1950 to Inez (Bon)
Burrows and John Wenner, the middle of three daughters. Her family moved frequently and
eventually settled in a suburb of New York City. She was passionate about (and talented in) the
visual arts, poetry and dancing and had drawn and painted all her life. Deb trained in both
painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
She moved to Door County, Wisconsin in 1979, married, and had two children. She
raised them as a single mom after a divorce. She made sculpture, worked at local restaurants,
taught at the Peninsula School of Art, completed her bachelor’s degree, and was an active
member of the Moravian community.
Deb reconnected with Kalman Reti, a lifelong friend, in 1996. Deb and Kalman moved to
Newton, MA that summer. She returned to Wisconsin in the summer to sculpt and work. Deb
and Kalman were married in 2019.
Deb was immensely proud of her children and took great joy in spending time with them
and her grandchildren. In spite of numerous trials, such as her sister’s death from cancer, one
granddaughter’s successful battle with leukemia, and multiple recurrences of her own cancer,
she remained hopeful and optimistic. She left the world a finer, more beautiful place than she
She was preceded in death by her parents and her older sister Judy. She is survived by
her husband Kalman Reti, her son Tony (Amanda) Burrows, daughter Megan Dendler,
grandchildren Ada, Emma, William, Charlie, and Mia, her sister Elizabeth Block, and many
nieces and nephews.
There will be a virtual remembrance on 10/04, please email
DebDendlerVirtualFuneral@gmail.com to indicate interest and receive details.
To appreciate some of Deb’s artwork, you can visit her webpage at Deb Dendler Art.
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