Harriet Bernbaum

Harriet Harrison Bernbaum

Thursday, August 26th, 1926 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 11:00am
    To view the recording of Harriet's service, please CLICK HERE
    Rabbi Michael Schwab
    Rabbi Evan Moffic
  • Shiva

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    Graveside service and shiva will be private. Service will be livestreamed Tuesday 11AM CT at (under "recent services", click on Harriet's photograph and scroll to "service details"). The video will appear approximately 10 minutes before the service starts (~10:50am).


Harriet Bernbaum nee Harrison, age 93, passed peacefully at home on August 7, 2020 surrounded by family. Harriet resided in Highland Park, Illinois and Longboat Key, Florida. Born August 26, 1926 in Chicago, Harriet was the devoted daughter of the late Estelle and late Solomon E. Harrison, beloved wife of 65 years to the late Harry H. Bernbaum, cherished sister of the late Judith Harrison (late Morton) Leonard, loving mother to L. Harrison (Ann) Bernbaum and the late Keren-Or Bernbaum, adored "Gram" to Alexis (Daniel Rutter) Bernbaum, Haleigh Bernbaum, Jonathan Bernbaum, and Matthew Bernbaum, proud great grandmother to Rhys Harrison Rutter, and loving aunt and great aunt to many. The Bernbaum family would like to express their deep gratitude to Harriet's caregiver, Anna Borys, for her endless compassion, care, and companionship. Harriet was an avid philanthropist, supporting hospitals in both the Chicagoland and Sarasota areas, the Jewish United Fund, and various fine arts organizations including The Art Institute of Chicago, Ravinia Festival of Highland Park, Steans Music Institute, and the Sarasota Opera. A lover of the arts, she herself was a person of extreme artistic talent, spending much of her life creating beautiful works across various mediums and with a particular passion for jewelry design, interior design, painting, and ceramics. Her life was filled with the happiness brought to her by her many cherished friends and family and she adored more than anything the companionship and love she shared with her husband, Harry, and the life they built together. An irreplaceable matriarch, she will be truly missed and endlessly loved by her surviving son, Hank, and his family. In the words of her late daughter, Harriet would have said of her life that it was "too much happiness," indicating to those who knew her best that it was fully lived and enjoyed and one which words alone could simply not capture. Graveside service and shiva will be private. Service will be livestreamed Tuesday 11AM CT at (under "recent services", click on Harriet's photograph and scroll to "service details"). In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Harriet's name to Ravinia Festival (, 418 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park IL 60035 ATTN Welz Kauffman) and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation (, 1515 South Osprey Ave. Suite B-4, Sarasota FL 34239). For condolence information, please call The Goldman Funeral Group at 847.478.1600.
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Private Condolence

Alice Peterson

Posted at 02:25pm
Harriet was a wonderful human being who left the world a better place. Smart, caring, generous, outspoken, fun-loving -- it was always a pleasure to be in Harriet's company. I saw first-hand how much she did for Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, and for Ravinia as a whole. I will miss her.

Steve Greene

Posted at 12:40pm
Harriet radiated warmth and caring. She always had a twinkle in her eyes!

I have two enduring memories: seeing her happily spinning her pottery wheel in her studio, immersed in clay and loving it (!), and hosting the annual summer concert she & Harry sponsored in memory of Karen. Music was the bond that connected me and my wife Susan to Harry & Harriet.

Our lives are richer for having known them both. May Harriet's memory be a blessing!


Posted at 10:57am
Although I only had one opportunity to interact with Harriet at a family celebration, I found her to be very engaging and enjoyed learning about the interesting and diversified life she led. The kind of person one would have liked to get to know better. We talked about a possible reunion celebrating a future great grand child. Am happy to see that wish was full filled for her.
Wishing the family strength and peace in having to go through this difficult journey.

Doreen H.

Scott Vermillion

Posted at 01:45pm
Dear Hank, Ann, Alexis, Haleigh, Jonathan and all,

I was so saddened to hear about Harriet. My sympathy to you all during this difficult time.

Harriet was always so full of energy and up to new adventures, it is difficult to comprehend that she is no longer here physically, but she will always be with us in spirit.

I’ll never forget the first time that I met Harriet. It was my first day at High Sierra and Hank introduced me to his mother who was this small figure almost hidden behind her desk in an office right next to mine. Although she was small in stature, she had a big personality, and she greeted me with a big, warm welcome. We both had a lot in common… a love for art, architecture, interior design, furniture, Chicago, travel and even a good cocktail.

I’ll never forget cocktail hour at High Sierra with Harriet, Harry, Hank and Ann. Scotch, whisky or wine was usually their drink of choice. I would opt for a gin and tonic and Harriet would laughingly chide me by saying that gin was not good for me.

I loved our conversations and her stories about her parents or her latest art, jewelry or ceramic project. I loved how she was totally devoted to Harry, Hank and her family. She always had a twinkle in her eye when she talked about all of the things that she was passionate about.

I am going to miss Harriet, but her spirit will always be in my heart.

Love to you all,

Sheryl Lane Posted at 02:37pm

I am so sorry to her of your loss. Harriet was delightful, creative and always smiling. That is the way I will always remember her Sheryl Lane

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