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Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home

111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, IL

OBITUARY

Noel Norman Rothman

January 16, 1930October 1, 2019

Noel Norman Rothman, 89, of Chicago. Beloved husband for more than 63 years of Florence Rothman, nee Crown; loving father of Michael (Bonnie Fry Rothman), Patty (Wayne Kik), Hermine and Gregory Rothman; proud grandfather of David, Aaron, Carly, Jacob, Kate, Jonah, Jackson, Harrison, Clara, Anabelle and Alex; caring brother of Audrey (late Martin) Reinis. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette, IL 60091. Interment Rosehill Cemetery. Memorial contributions to AJWS (www.ajws.org), JCUA (www.jcua.org) or ACLU (www.aclu-il.org) appreciated.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Shiva Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Shiva Friday, October 4, 2019

Memories

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Amy and John Mulderig

October 10, 2019

We are John and Amy Mulderig from Utah, and we know the Rothman Family from Snowbird. We have undoubtedly spent far less time with Noel than anyone who has contributed to, or is reading, these beautiful tributes, but nevertheless, our intermittent bouts have touched our lives in a beautiful and lasting way.

Noel’s loving adoration and strong pride in his family have always been heartwarming to us.  He seemed to have a unique ability to quickly size up complex situations, opportunities, and people, and “act”....with intelligence, dignity, and kindness.  And we have never, ever, met anyone with a perpetual twinkle in their eye.  Noel used humor most effectively to dance his way through the beauty and challenges that life had to offer.

We understand why Florence fell in love with him and savored his constant companionship.  It is crystal clear why his children honored and adored him.  And it is obvious why his grandchildren couldn’t get enough of him.

The charming, loving and stately Noel...Incredible beyond words.  Timeless.  Forever in our hearts.

Zoe Tarantino

October 6, 2019

My condolences to Noel and his family. What a wonderful, happy man who was full of life. He loved his dogs Cookie and Cupcake more than anything and everyone who knew him was ecstatic that Noel loved his dogs more than anything. Rest in Peace, dear Noel.

Jo Garuccio

October 3, 2019

Unfortunately, I could not get to Chicago in time to wish Noel a good-bye and support the wonderful family I have come to know and cherish over the last -"gulp" - 30+ years. Noel will truly be missed. His sense of humor, candidness and incredible generosity were second to none. One of my fondest memories is of Noel telling me that I was a complete "idiot" for taking my mother to Alta in a raging blizzard. He and Florence had decided that the weather was too awful to ski that day, but he graciously drove us to Alta anyway, shaking his head at me the entire time. He was right! It was miserable.

My sincere condolences to everyone and especially, Florence, his "partner in crime." They were the ultimate couple for 64 years. Our years skiing together in Utah will always remain as some of the best times on the slopes. There are many stories that I hope we can keep alive as we go forward.

Thank-you Noel for everything. I am grateful to have been a part of your life.

Florence, stay close to family and friends for support in this very difficult time.

I included a photo from Snowbird, the ski area that will always remember Noel for "Rothman Way - among other things!

Barbara Barkley

October 3, 2019

It’s so hard to find the right words to express how sad I am today that Noel has passed away. He was the best boss, the finest man. He made me laugh so many times and made coming to work something I wanted to do. Not just a job, but to help him and Florence in any way that I could. I will miss him so very much. My sympathy goes out to the entire family. I will often think about Noel, and when I do, I will smile and be thankful that I had the opportunity to meet and work for such a wonderful man.

Mary Beth Vitale

October 2, 2019

Florence, I was saddened to hear the news about Noel. For 14 years of my time on the CoBiz board, he was the rock in the boardroom. His candor and counsel was always spot on. Noel had a great sense of humor and could always point out the solution to an issue. You and Noel were so generous to me and my family in London and will never forget that. The loss of your spouse and friend must be so difficult. I am thinking of you.
Mary Beth