Published 5:07 pm Friday, September 17, 2021
Norman Blumenson, born Sept. 12, 1925, died on Sept. 15, 2021, a few days after his 96 th birthday, in Keizer, Oregon. Norman was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Isadore and Fannie Blumenson. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Alice, and his sisters Barbara Krieger and Elinore Kavit.
Norman served in the Army Air Corp during World War II, and then attended and graduated from Long Island University. He went to work at Alexander’s department stores in New York and became the woman’s coat buyer, which took him throughout Europe to many fashion shows. Following his years at Alexander’s and then S. Klein department stores, he and his wife opened a shoe store off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. He lived for many years in Livingston, N.J., and later Suffolk and Aventura, Fla. He was a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, Beth El Congregation in Norfolk and was a member of men’s club and B’nai B’rith. He enjoyed golfing and watching football and baseball. He was fond of remembering attending Don Larsen’s “perfect” World Series game in 1956.
Norman is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Randi Blumenson and Daniel Mussatti of Salem, Oregon; Gail Blumenson Reisman and Adam Reisman of Washington, DC; as well as his grandsons, Danny (Rosie), Stevan (Janie) and Scott (Liz) Mussatti, and Eli Reisman. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Tristan (Alex), Justin, MacKenzie, Taylor, Addison, Austyn and Harper Mussatti, Jenna Schoeplfin and Aiden and Isaac Bien as well as his nieces and nephews.
A private graveside funeral will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Portsmouth arranged by the Virginia Beach funeral home Smith and Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Norman’s name to Mazon (www.mazon.org) or Western Tidewater Free Clinic (www.wtfreeclinic.org).