Dena Brotman

Dena Ann Brotman

June 22, 1954 - February 21, 2021
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Dena Ann Brotman, of Montgomery Village, MD, passed away on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at the age of 66. An avid animal lover and advocate, she is survived by her husband, Don Brock; children, Adam Brock and Heather Brock; and brother, Bruce Brotman and her favorite hiking buddies, Calla and Luci. She was predeceased by her parents, Benjamin and Sarah Ruth Brotman.

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Corinne Emanuel

Posted at 12:20pm
Dear Don, Heather & Adam,
We are so very saddened to learn of Dena's sudden passing. Dena was a wonderful friend, and I will miss her great sense of humor and her years of friendship. I met Dena when Heather and Lauren were 4 years old and taking dance lessons together. We just hit it off and remained in contact through the years. Such a kind, caring person. She loved you Don, Heather and Adam fiercely and, of course, her furry friends! So many hours of laughing and sharing! My life was much brighter and richer for knowing Dena. Shalom and thank you Dena. We are all sending you our deepest sympathy and prayers. Jonathan, Corinne, Lauren & Jason

Richard Canter

Posted at 03:34pm
Dear Don, Heather and Adam,
We were very sorry to hear of your beloved Dena's tragic passing. We express our heartfelt sympathy.
Rick Canter, Jeff Canter

Lori Glassgold Gibson

Posted at 02:27pm
Dear Don, Adam, Heather and Bruce,

I am stunned and deeply saddened to learn of Dena’s passing.

Our families were best of friends and our childhoods were completely intertwined. We played together, traveled together, celebrated occasions together. We went our separate ways in college, then reconnected in Colorado where we overlapped during grad school years. We went on many adventures together and had so many fun times— wonderful memories that I will cherish forever!

My heart aches for your loss. I just cannot imagine that Dena— so full of life and vitality— is no longer with us to grace our world with her kindness and goodness, her love and devotion to her family and friends and her pets. May her soul inhabit the glories of nature that she so loved and enjoyed.

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lori Glassgold Gibson

susan macht

Posted at 12:23pm
Dena and I went to elementary school through high school together. We also went to one of our high school reunions together. I am shocked and so sad to hear about her passing. We had just connected on facebook and spoke of getting together. Dena was always such a kind nice caring person. Her children were her pride and joy. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. May her memory be for a blessing...........

Beverly (Binki) Jackson

Posted at 09:23am
From the Northwestern High School Class of 1972, we’re sending our deepest condolences to her family and friends🌹

Bruce Brotman

Posted at 04:17am
My sister was planning to visit me here in South Florida after her COVID vaccinations this week. She loved the beach. We will never walk the beach again.......thank you all for your kind words and memories.

David Brock

Posted at 10:19pm
This is an unimaginable tragedy. I am glad that I had the chance to travel over there from California three years ago and pay them a visit for a few days. I had a very nice time while I was there. I know that my brother Don is a very caring person. I feel so sad to think about Dena's tragic accident and Don out in the storm searching and calling for her.

Jennifer Holinsky

Posted at 09:44am
Don, Adam, Heather, and Bruce,

I am so deeply sorry to hear of Dena’s passing. She had a big smile and a big heart and will be missed by many.

Jay Maisler

Posted at 09:38am
My deepest condolences to Don, Adam and Heather. I have fond memories of our friendship during our time in Montgomery Village. Dena was a wonderful, caring person and was always there for us. May her memory be a blessing.

Shelley Zipper

Posted at 08:55pm
Dena and I went to elementary school together, and recently reconnected on facebook. She was impressed with my "puzzle skills," and I with her hiking ones. We talked about our dogs a lot, and she offered me great solace when I had to say goodbye to mine. Her energy, compassion and zest for life were very evident. I am so sorry to say goodbye right at hello. I grieve for a life prematurely stopped, and for all of her family members, friends and pets who will miss her so terribly. I extend my heart and my deepest condolences to all of you.

Dean Anderson

Posted at 08:17pm
I'm and old friend of Dena's husband Don from New Mexico. My sympathy to Don and his entire family.
Sincerely, Dean Anderson

Crystal Blohm

Posted at 07:19pm
Dena is family, as stepmom and wife to my Dad, she has been a big part of my life since childhood. My fondest memories are those of hiking and exploring the woods with her and my Dad. Now with a family with 3 kids, she had continued to show her love for my children. I really admired her love for writing, reading and continuous learning, and pushing those same values on me growing up. And BOOKS! Our countless collection of books for my children, each one with a personal note or story inside. I will truly miss reading her stories, whether reading it in text message or even on a sticky note sent in the mail. She put so much thought and love in to each message. Kookie, Jookie and Hookie will miss you! My dad was just telling me about plans of them coming to visit us in South Korea, where we are currently stationed with the Army. This is still hard to process and my heart goes out to my dad, Adam and Heather during this time. Dena had an impact on so many lives, may her memory continue to inspire those who knew her.

Linda Dunn

Posted at 06:30pm
Dena Dear - I am forever grateful to you for an almost 43 year friendship that started in graduate school at DU. You almost questioned attending DU when you started the first semester off with a bad cold, and upon going to the campus medical center, you were told to go back to the dorm and take a hot "wet" shower.....Our meeting at DU began a friendship filled with laughter, adventures hiking, backpacking and skiing (you were my first instructor). Some people write books about their climbs of Colorado's famous "14er's" - we jokingly talked about writing a book of "Failed Attempts to Climb Colorado's 14ner's", as we were not successful at reaching the peak on a couple of our first climbs. Even though I chose to stay in Colorado and you to move back east, we were able to maintain a strong bond of friendship never to be broken. When we would get together, after long periods of time not seeing each other, it would be like yesterday. I have so many beautiful memories of our friendship - memories never to be forgotten and always to be held in my heart. You were taken too soon, my dear friend - I was still at the ready to add to our shared memory book. My love and prayers go out to Don, Adam, Heather and Bruce, and all of Dena's family, friends and fur babies. Soar freely, my friend. I will miss you deeply.



Jeff Amdur

Posted at 05:07pm
Don, Bruce, Heather, Adam: After a day, I still am finding it very hard to process what has happened. As my sister stated earlier on this board, the bond that Dena's family and my family had was very special. We were closer than many families were. Dena's mother was my mother's close friend and classmate, and her father was my father's close friend and next-door neighbor on Lombard Street. My parents met each other through the Brotmans. The get-togethers and Sunday barbecues we had, from Bancroft Road on to Strathmore Avenue and continuing with the next generation at Montgomery Village, were special and memorable. It was a shame that COVID prevented us from getting together last year. Other memories--the Skyline Drive video, winter rides to the country just so we could find strange-looking "Santy heads" and other holiday decorations, watching the Colts-Jets Super Bowl debacle, two generations of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Zeebs, Gippy and their many furry successors--will never leave me. Hopefully Dena, with Zeebs and Gippy at her side, will continue to make that daily Celestial hike, occasionally looking down upon us with the same fond memories we have of her.

Diane Solbach

Posted at 04:06pm
Dena and I reconnected through Facebook some years ago. She mentioned that she had fond memories of sitting and watching our young children play together. It was fun sending political memes and videos back and forth throughout the years and following her hiking adventures. I'm sorry we won't be able to take that hike we were talking about. Much love. Diane

Marlene Amdur-Ferguson

Posted at 03:47pm
With our parents having been the closest of friends going back to their East Baltimore days, Dena (and her brother, Bruce) were practically cousins to me and my brother, Jeff. She was probably my longest-held female friend. Our families were close to the extent that when my Mom went into the hospital in 1964 for varicose vein surgery (which was a deal back then), I stayed with Dena and her family in the interim (since my Dad had to work). It was at that time that Dena helped me overcome my fear of dogs, learning to adapt to and love her beloved Whiskers. Dena's love of animals and all of nature itself was her raison d'etre. Jeff and I (and my husband, Walt) will miss Dena every day and extend our deepest condolences to Don, Adam, Heather & Bruce. (And Calla and Luci and the cats,)

Iris Rudman

Posted at 03:13pm
Don, Heather, Adam and Bruce, so saddened to learn of Dena’s passing. She was such a sweet and caring person, who will be missed but remain in our hearts. Our cousins get togethers will never be the same, but Heather we hope you continue us to join us.

Vicky Miller

Posted at 03:08pm
Dena was a force of nature! She loved and was lived by her family, friends and pets. She has so much energy and full of life. She loved nature always hiking, biking, kayaking and skiing in the life. She was such a humanatrian, animal rights activist and environmentalist. To say she was adventurous is an understatement. Dena was fearless. Black diamond ski run- no problem. 14'er hiking trail - no problem. 100 mile bicycle tour piece of cake. And her gardens...oh her gardens. Dena will be greatly missed. Nothing will fill the void. Dena I will love you forever. Rest in peace our dear friend. ❤ Kent &Vicky

Jo Ann Klein

Posted at 02:29pm
I was shocked and saddened to see that Dena passed away. We had gone to elementary school together and reconnected on Facebook in recent years. May the many beautiful memories shared with her comfort all of you in the days ahead.

Sue Fierston

Posted at 02:08pm
A generous, intuitive friend, a wonderful mother, a woman of sparkle and energy....May you, Don and Heather and Adam be comforted by memories of your time together.

Samar Caverly

Posted at 01:42pm
I last saw Dena in Virginia beach when she was staying at a nearby resort from mine a few months ago.
She looked so happy to see me, we chatted for about 20 minutes. She was truly enjoying her week of sunshine, beach walking, and having Don and the dogs, and maybe Heather was also with them to get back to.

She's truly a lover of mother nature and animals. A kind hearted woman, taken tooooo early, but I suppose her mission was accomplished, and she didn't suffer, which will console those of us left here on earth. Rest in peace, Dena. You were loved by your animals and humans. Samar Caverly

Lissa Abrams

Posted at 01:36pm
Dear family-
Deana and I went to elementary school together- we reconnected several years ago at Sherwood gardens while I was painting there- she was with her daughter and 2 dogs- later we had lunch with another dear friend Peggi- dena was warm and funny and so full of life- I am so sorry for your profound and deep loss . She was a dear kind person- may her memory be a blessing.

Wendy Berkow

Posted at 12:06pm
Dear Don, and Family, Dena, Jane, and I went to Hebrew school together for years. We've all re-connected on FB. Dena, and I talk almost everyday - I am in shock! My sinking heart, and thoughts are with your lovely, families, and the dogs at this very, sad time.

Jane Sacks

Posted at 11:57am
Dena and I were classmates in elementary school and were in Girl Scouts together. We recently reconnected via Facebook. My heart goes out to Don and the kids as this is so hard to believe.

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