Norman B. Weizenbaum
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Norman B. Weizenbaum

WEIZENBAUM: Norman B. Weizenbaum, peacefully and surrounded by love, on Sept. 11, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Marilyn Weizenbaum; loving father of Barbara Weizenbaum (Robert Gorby), Nan Weizenbaum (Reza Vali), and jim lampl. Stepfather of Sharon Webster. Adored “Pop Pop” of Emily, Lindsay and Rachel Gorby, Adam Webster and the late Lauren Webster. Brother of the late Rose Plung and Lawrence Weizenbaum; uncle of caring nieces and nephews. He is also survived by loving caregivers to whom his family will forever be grateful. Norman was a second-generation member of one of the five families who founded the Giant Eagle supermarket chain, which began as a small grocery chain in the 1930s and has grown steadily to become one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States. As a young man, Norman worked alongside his father, Morris Weizenbaum, who with his partner Hyman Moravitz opened a small supermarket at the edge of Pittsburgh’s Strip District called OK Grocery. As a teenager at Allderdice High School, Norman worked in the grocery stores after school and on school breaks, helping in every aspect of the business including as a butcher, stockroom clerk and bagger. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Norman returned to the company and held various roles in senior management. As the company grew, Norman always maintained the importance of being present in the stores and would do frequent “store visits.” Not only did he have a keen mind for all of the store’s sales figures and operations, he also took an active and caring interest in the lives and families of all of the employees. Norman was always the consummate toast-maker, but on Norman’s 65th birthday, a friend made a toast that said “to Norman, the only person I know who cares more about what I have to say than I do.” Throughout his life, he was involved with a number of charitable organizations. Most recently, he served on the board of The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Norman enjoyed literature, history and classical music. He appreciated the outdoors and being physically active and was a bicyclist, sculler and frustrated golfer. His best golf advice that he imparted to his son-in-law was “no matter how badly you’re playing, remember to always take time to stop and enjoy the surroundings.” Norman and Marilyn enjoyed hosting friends and family at their summer home in Chautauqua, New York, where they were involved in the Hebrew Congregation of Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Opera and the music school. On many mornings, Norman would unabashedly stand outside on his deck in one of his colorful bathrobes having coffee — smiling and waving hello to all of the runners and walkers as they turned the corner onto Elm Lane. He and Marilyn traveled often and especially enjoyed their trips to Santa Fe where they began their love of collecting Southwestern art. A remarkable, intelligent man, he lived every day of his life with humility and grace. Norman’s legacy will be the kindness, empathy and respect that he gave to all of those around him and all of the lives he made better through his unconditional love and support. Graveside services and interment were private. Donations in Norman’s memory may be made to The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science via their website Weizmann-USA.org (not available on mobile devices). Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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