Daisy Denenberg, mother of Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg, died...

Daisy Denenberg, mother of Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg, died after a short battle with multiple myeloma. She was 77. Credit: Courtesy of the family

Daisy Denenberg, mother of Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg, died Saturday after a short battle with multiple myeloma. She was 77.

Denenberg was diagnosed with the bone marrow cancer about six weeks before her death at the Bronx's Calvary Hospital, which specializes in hospice and palliative care.

Daisy Denenberg, whose maiden name was Lerea, was preceded in death by her husband, Julian Denenberg, who died of lung cancer in 2007.

The couple met through Julian Denenberg's sister, Regina. Julian had just returned from military duty in Korea and was at his parents' house watching football when Daisy arrived to join Regina for a double date.

"My mom said to my dad, 'A guy like you should be out on a Saturday night. You shouldn't be home watching football,' " David Denenberg said. "He said, 'OK, drop the guy and go out with me.' "

Daisy Denenberg didn't ditch her date that night, but a few weeks later the two Brooklyn natives started dating.

She married Julian Denenberg in 1956 at the age of 21, and the couple bought a house in East Meadow.

When Daisy learned the new home would cost them $20,000, she sent Julian and her brother-in-law to renegotiate another $1,000 off the price.

"It took them hours, but they got $500 [off]," David Denenberg said.

Daisy Denenberg received her bachelor of arts degree from Brooklyn College early in her marriage. A lifelong learner, she returned to night school in her 30s, receiving a master's degree in education from Queens College.

Later, because of her interest in child psychology, she earned a second master's from Queens College in psychology when she was in her 40s.

"She was a firm believer that school psychology and early intervention could make a difference in the lives of children," David Denenberg said.

Daisy Denenberg worked for 23 years as an elementary school psychologist, including 18 years at Island Park Public Schools.

She was 51 when she received her doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University, eventually building a private practice for herself in her 60s.

"It was just an example that it's never too late to pursue a dream," her son said.

David Denenberg on Friday surrendered to FBI agents, accused of improperly billing a client at his former law firm for $2.3 million. The Merrick Democrat pleaded not guilty to eight counts of mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.

Daisy Denenberg is also survived by her son Seth; daughter, Deborah; sister, Esther Cohen; and six grandchildren.

A funeral for Denenberg will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Gutterman's Funeral Home, 8000 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury.

The family will sit shiva from Tuesday to Thursday until 9:30 p.m. and Saturday until 11 p.m.

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