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Funeral Details

Norman Bercoon


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Jewish United Fund, (JUF)
30 South Wells Street, Room 3134
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Development Office
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, Illinois 60077


Norman Bercoon passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 25, 2020. He was 96 and maintained his keen sense of humor in his final days. He was born in Milwaukee on Jan 13, 1924, to Joseph and Sara (Dickman) Bercoon. The family moved to Chicago and eventually settled in Evanston for several years. Norman only spoke Yiddush until he started kindergarten. After moving to Buffalo and Olean, N.Y., he attended Olean High School, where he played clarinet in the band and orchestra. He became 1st chair clarinet in the Southwest New York State Orchestra and a member of the All New York State Band. He had the honor of performing with the band in the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and in the 1939 New York World’s Fair. This was the beginning of a life-long love of classical music. Norman worked to help support his family until he joined the Army in June 1943. He was part of the forward observer team in the 280th Field Artillery Battalion Battery "C" serving in the European Theater from Sept 1944 - May 8,1945. He was awarded a Bronze Star and served in Occupation Troops in Austria from May 1945 - Dec 1945. After an honorable discharge he returned to Chicago and attended DePaul University. He received a degree in Commerce and later became a CPA in 1954. Norman met Lorraine Rose from Buffalo, N.Y. and they were married on June 28, 1953. They made their home in Chicago where daughter Joan was born in 1958 and son Marc in 1960. The family moved to Skokie in 1969. Norman was a partner in two accounting firms before he became a founding and managing partner in Glick, Bercoon, Blonder and Greisman in 1970, which later became Brook, Weiner LLC. Norman was affiliated with the firm until he retired in 2008, ending his fifty-five year accounting career. Norman was highly respected by his peers for his integrity and dedication to his clients. Norman and Lorraine travelled to Europe, Mexico, the Carribean and all over the U.S. together. They attended the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, plays and many cultural events over the years. They socialized often with their wide array of friends and relatives. There were many annual trips to San Diego (winter warm up) and to Atlanta to visit their grandchildren. They were able to attend four graduations of their grandchildren, see their grandsons, Nathan and Evan Berg graduate college and granddaughter Isabella Bercoon enter college. Twin granddaughters Olivia and Shelby Bercoon are juniors in high school. Norman was definitely an adoring and beloved grandfather to all of his grandchildren. Norman was an active member of the Illinois CPA Society and served many years on several committees as both a member and chairman. He joined the North Shore Veterans Club in 1946, was a board member at the North Shore School of Jewish Studies for four years and served on the Fairview Elementary School (Skokie) District Caucus for three years. The Bercoon family joined the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie when it first opened and Norman served on their board of directors for twelve years, presiding as president for two years. He remained a member until the center closed the health club. He would play racquetball, volleyball, swim and use the weight room. Norman was predeceased by his parents, his sister Ruth Dreymann, and his son-in-law, Dr. Richard Berg. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lorraine (Rose), brother-in-law Henry Rose, daughter Dr. Joan Bercoon, son Marc (Rhonda), grandsons Nathan and Evan Berg and granddaughters Isabella, Olivia and Shelby Bercoon, several adoring nephews and nieces and too many dear relatives and friends to list. The family is especially grateful to Agnes, Edna and Lily for their dedicated attention to Norman over the last couple of years. He was a trusted, kind, compassionate and generous man who will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.


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Jim and Diane Haydon

Norman was a wonderful person. He cared about everyone he knew and was a terrific adviser to us throughout many decades. He was always realistic about the world and an optimist through and through.
One of our favorite times with Norman and Lorraine was a day when they arrived at our house in Oregon and our horse was getting new shoes. Norman was a serious photographer and was really fascinated by the process from start to finish. I think he took over a hundred pictures documenting the event.
We will miss Norman and send our love and good wished to Lorraine and Joan and all of his extended family.

Gary and Carol Fry

We were saddened to hear of Norman's passing, and send our condolences to his entire family. His sage advice impacted our family in greatly positive ways, even as his warm, lighthearted personality made every encounter with him enjoyable as well as worthwhile. We are honored to have known him!

Lesley Young

Norman was a dear friend and absolutely trusted advisor to my father, Bill Young, personally and his company starting 1967 and then to me. When my father passed far too young in 2003, Norman was a great comfort and help to my family and me, for which we were so thankful. Norman knew me since I was born so I have many many great memories, but a favorite fairly recent memory is when Norman and Lorraine came to my engagement party in 2014 that Denise and John threw in Chicago. My to-be husband Anthony’s family/ friends and so many of my friends from the different parts of my life had the pleasure of spending time with them and enjoying Norman’s wisdom and grace. And it turned out that night was Norman and Lorraine’s wedding anniversary (61st I think) so we were all able to celebrate this with them—it couldn’t have been more perfect and special. Norman lived his 96 years filled with so many precious qualities—he was caring, humorous , loving, devoted to his family, giving, loyal, hard working, brilliant, filled with integrity, and blessed with good judgment. He was brave and served our country with distinction, truly an example of the greatest generation. We are all blessed to have known him. My profoundest sympathies to Lorraine, their children, grandchildren and extended family as they say goodbye to a wonderful man. I will miss him.

Lesley Young

Gloria Billick

I recently heard of Norman's passing. He was an amazing accomplished person who led a full and consequential life. Please accept my sincerest condolences to Lorraine and the rest of his family.

Gloria Billick


We were deeply saddened to learn of Norman's passing. My personal memories go way back to when I was a young child. My mom and Lorraine were great friends and met in college at the University of Buffalo. When Lorraine married Norman the 2 couples shared a warm friendship together that lasted thru the years. Trips to Chicago are etched in my mind. Spending time with Joan was always nice and I remember so many fun things we did together! We also enjoyed when they all came to Buffalo to visit. I always will remember Normans love of Opera and Classical music which he would play and hum along with in the car. He had a great sense of humor a warm smile and nice laugh. Although both my parents are gone I felt it doubly important to share my thoughts in honor of the great friendship they shared.
Jill (Chazen) and Larry Schiff
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