Funeral Details

Merle A. Friedman

October 30, 1943 - May 30, 2024


Date and Time

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 1:00 PM


Westlawn Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel
7801 West Montrose Avenue
Norridge, Illinois 60706
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Rabbi Michael Schwab
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El


Westlawn Cemetery
7801 West Montrose Avenue
Norridge, Illinois 60706
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Grossberg Residence
1651 St. Johns Avenue
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
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Sunday upon return from the cemetery until 9PM.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 6:30PM - 9PM

Memorial Contributions

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
Hadassah Midwest
900 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 295
Northbrook, Illinois 60062


Merle A. Friedman, age 80.

Loving mother of Michele (Brian) Rubin and Marla (Terry) Grossberg. Proud "Momo" of Sam Rubin, Jessica (Tristan) Rubin, Emily Grossberg, Daniel Grossberg (Hannah Landau). Cherished great-grandmother of Vera Rubin. Dear sister of Barbara (Jeff) Richardson and cousin Liz (Per) Diderickson. Fond aunt of many. Lovingly cared for by Genedina, Genevieve, and Ashiela. Preceded in death by her parents, Nettie and Phil Zelkowitz. Merle is a graduate of Mundelein College and earned her MSW at Loyola University. Merle had many interests, including Shakespeare, theater, the Chicago Bears, baking, reading mysteries, and doing crossword puzzles (in red pen). And she absolutely adored being with her grandchildren and great-grandchild. She will be greatly missed. Services, Sunday 1PM at Westlawn Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 7801 W. Montrose, Norridge. Interment following on the grounds of the cemetery. To view the funeral livestream, please visit our website. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to North Suburban Synagogue Beth El,, or Hadassah, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Buffalo Grove Chapel,, 847.229.8822.


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Merle was one-of- a-kind. I was lucky to spend a lot of time at the Friedman house in Lincolnwood during my formative years and am grateful to her for that. She had a sharp and quick wit. A lot of fond memories including her epic refrigerator magnet collection, her famous mandel bread (were there plans to sell it nationwide?). She exposed me to a lot of Jewish passions and tradition, including a love for Israel, what a Sukkah is and the best Cholent!

May her memory be a blessing to you all.!

Lori Frischer

Lori Frischer
June 1, 2024
Sending love and hugs to the entire family. May her memory be for a blessing.

Marilyn Doane
June 1, 2024
I have known Merle since 1992. We shared a lot of family stories over the years. She was very proud of her family and loved spending time with them. We also shared many dining experiences and laughter over a great meal. I loved our friendship and shall miss her

Debborah Bartosik
June 1, 2024
My deepest condolences at this very difficult time.


Rhonda Litt
June 2, 2024
My deepest condolences to all of Merle’s family. I was Merle’s supervisor when she was a social work intern at Juvenile Protective Association. She was a diligent student and wanted to learn all she could about how to provide the best services to her clients. We stayed in touch for many years and I remember being at your home in Lincolnwood. May God bless all of her family.
Pat Trudeau

Pat Flynn-Trudeau
June 4, 2024
Condolences to your whole family. May her memory be a blessing.

With love,
Jeff and Holly

Jeff Krakow
June 7, 2024