Funeral Details

Norma May Rosenberg

June 14, 1929 - September 21, 2023


Date and Time

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 3:00 PM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Michael Siegel
Cantor Rachel Brook
Anshe Emet Synagogue

Interment - Private


Rosenberg Residence
1420 North Sheridan Road, Unit 9C
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
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Tuesday following service until 9PM
Wednesday from 4PM until 9PM
Ellen Lippman: 503.866.7631
Pamela Roussos: 206.696.1846

Memorial Contributions

Israel Tennis & Education Centers
3275 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Suite 102
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442
By Phone: Please call Cathy Mullin at (561) 547 9572


Norma May Rosenberg was a titan, who woke up every day with the engine running, eager to learn and leave an meaningful impression to everything and everyone she touched. She was 94 years old, with plenty of gas left in the tank.

Vibrant wife of the late Lester J. Rosenberg, persistent mother of Steven "Rosy" (Ellen Lippman) Rosenberg and Lee "Rosy" (Partner-Pamela Roussos) Rosenberg, inspirational grandmother of Mara Rosenberg, Ilyana Rosenberg and Noa Rosenberg, fully engaged aunt to all of her nieces and nephews, a force of nature in her leadership work in the community, and an integrally spirited ally, mentor and moral compass to a nation of friends.

Norma grew up in San Antonio, Texas; daughter of the late Melville May and late Ethel Sacks, and sister to the late Melville May Jr.; but lived her adult years in the Chicago area. So much to share in-between; words in this short bio will not properly do justice to her impact. Better to speak with those that knew her directly; there are so many across Chicago, the US and Israel.

Service is Tuesday 3PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment private.

Memorial contributions may be made to an organization that she and Lester helped build over decades and an organization that she literally gave her life to; Israel Tennis and Education Centers. If you would like to do so, Norma instructed us this is the absolute best way to honor her; the family agrees.

Below is the donation information to ITEC. You are welcome to share with anyone who would like to make a donation to support the Norma Rosenberg Children’s Fund, which has now been established in memory of Norma.
Online: Please visit the ITEC website donation page,
Mail: Please make your donation to Israel Tennis & Education Centers 3275 West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 102 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Phone: Please call Cathy Mullin at (561) 547 9572

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She was a very special lady and will be missed

Joel Mann
September 21, 2023
Whenever I saw Norma, a big grin would involuntarily break out on my face. I knew the encounter would be fun, funny, interesting, challenging, but never boring. Norma was a woman of many passions and when you talked with her, you felt connected to the wider world of Norma. Really hard to think about not getting to see her again, but just imagine the parties she's planning now with Lester!

Brian Abrahams
September 21, 2023
My darling"Miss Norma" was a very good friend to me. I will miss our private and very dirty jokes, and confidences that we shared in laughter and tears. She showed me love that I couldn't describe to another person and accepted mine back as well without any doubt or judgment. Just understanding compassion and care. She lived her life with dignity,grace,and respect for all who deserved it. She brightened the world with such beauty it's indescribable to me. I will miss having her wear my rings while I was doing her hair. That brought her such not. And every time she came in wearing one of her jackets if take it from her to hang out up, as some of you know, each and every one of them for me. She would tell me that it was kizmet that two people do different had for in those sizes perfectly. I am truly blessed that we called each other our " BEAUTIFUL FRIEND". THANK YOU MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND FOR BEING SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE. Rest well my QUEEN.. I LOVE YOU .

Dianna-Lynne Reddick
September 21, 2023
A blright, strong, and powerful woman .
Sharp minded with the biggest heart ❤️.
Norma had supported Israel Tennis and Education Center's for a long time, helping children in Israel to transform their life's.
Huge loss for the family and for us in Israel.
Eyal Taoz
Interim CEO

Eyal Taoz
September 22, 2023
The Rosenbergs were special people. I had the honor of knowing and working with first Lester, then Norma, starting in 1993. I first met Norma when she unexpectanly came to my studio with a pain in her hamstring muscles. I did not know who she was at that time, and all she said was "You have to fix it". I was able to relieve the pain and she became a client for the next 30 years. Norma was a constant inspiration to me and to everyone who knew her through my business. Trainers and clients alike marvelled at her physical and mental abilities. During Covid, we trained in her home and continued to do this twice a week until the end. Sometimes she would want to exercise while listening to Frank Sinatra, other times she would tell me jokes, uodate me on sports she had watched, or relate with pride about the accomplishments of her sons and granddaughters.
Norma was the epitomy of intelligent agiing. Feisty and often stubborn, she kept her mind and body active, and refused to let time defeat her. I will miss her greatly as my friend, client and being the amazing woman she was.

Debora Morris
September 23, 2023
Norma was a dynamic , smart and passionate lady,
She was honest, loyal and dedicated to her family and friends,,
It was a privilege to have known her and be her friend,
She will be sorely missed,
My sincere condolences to the family..
My thoughts are with you at this time of great sorrow,
May her memory be a blessing,
Denise Selati

Denise Selati
September 24, 2023
What a fabulous woman!!Always up!!A real tribute to aging gracefully.

September 24, 2023