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Norman Miller

Norman Miller

Thursday, September 25th, 1924 - Saturday, May 29th, 2021
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Obituary

Norman Herschel Miller, 96, of Glendale, Arizona died peacefully in his sleep on May 28, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Bertha Miller, his sisters Miriam (Richard) Gilman and Ann (Ben) Baum, his brother Jack, and his first wife, Ida (nee Goldberg). He is survived by his wife, Harriet (Albert) Miller, his sister-in-law Judy Miller, his children Howard Miller, Laura (Larry Helseth) Pearlman, Brenda (Solomon) Matsas, Larry Miller and David Miller, his grandchildren Jessica (Adam) Metaxas, Lisa Miller, Nicholas (Blair Maloney) Miller, Sarah and Kimberly Helseth, Jacob and Kelly Miller and Elias Matsas, and his great grandchildren, Rosemary and Marigold Metaxas.

Norman grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II where he served as a B-17 and B-24 gunner. He served in the Air Force during Korean War then continued serving in the Air Force Reserve for over 25 years. After World War II he attended Drake University, where he received a B.A. in Education, then went on to a 45-year career in the ABC Unified School District in Los Angeles, starting as a high school history/special education teacher and later in his career becoming the head counselor for the ABC Adult School.

In retirement, Norman was a constant presence in his children's lives. He enjoyed shopping for silly birthday cards for his children and grandchildren, greeting everyone around him and keeping us laughing. He treated everyone he met with kindness and respect and was a true mensch. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation. Also, please consider mailing three or four corny birthday cards to a family member or close friend. May his memory be a blessing to us all.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, June 7th, 2021 | 12:30pm
    When
    Monday, June 7th, 2021 12:30pm
    Location
    National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
    Address
    23029 N Cave Creek Rd
    PHOENIX, AZ
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Zoom link: https://asu.zoom.us/rec/share/pAJvM45W_wHx5Ad3U0gaGIIrTRG5I9DFvTV3WC2zJqHdcC80TioWHxIPPMd1es4.xOB1jy9z3YyJHDMX
    Officiant
    Rabbi Jeremy Schneider of Temple Kol Ami
  • Interment

    Location
    National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
    Address
    23029 N Cave Creek Rd
    PHOENIX, AZ
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Sally

Posted at 01:10pm
Norman (Mr Miller to me) was a very special person in my life. He truly was a friend. I worked with him for 25 years as his secretary at the ABC Adult school. I never thought of it as a job it was a pleasure. The best counselor to so many students, he had so much patience with all of them. There were the weeks he would drive to March Air Force base for his reserve duty and later in the day he would drive back to Cerritos to his counselors desk to take care of his duty there also. A very special man!!!
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Barbra

Posted at 05:56pm
Norman Miller was without a doubt one of my all time favorite patients in my tenure at the Thunderbird Clinic. I echo Teri Beth's sentiments in that he was the most grateful patient we've ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was consistently thoughtful and kind to all staff members and I appreciated his encouragement to "take care of yourself". He was a fighter and his endurance amazed me. I will truly miss him.
TG

Teri Beth Grun

Posted at 05:10pm
Norman was clearly the best patient we have ever had in my opinion at Thunderbird Dialysis. I can only remember 1 bad day that he had in my ten years here. He was compassionate towards his fellow patients and the most thankful person I will ever know. He was not a complainer nor did he dwell on his misfortune of being on dialysis. I called him Grandpa Stormin' Norman and he was fine with that. At first he called me Teri Beth and then Teri and later Beth. Sadly, towards the end he called me Tia or the lady at the front desk. It was a pleasure to be around him, to help him, listen to him, take care of him. I swore I was going to get that man to his 100th birthday as I'm sure all of his family wished they could too. After every single treatment he went around the clinic, before going in the lobby, and made a point of thanking everyone by name. Not just the person taking care of him that day, but everyone who was there. He would tell everyone " without you, we wouldn't be here" .He would say "Donka Schoen". I would reply "Bitte". If a family member would wheel in a loved one, he would take the time to Thank them for helping. Just so you know, Norman was truly loved here and he will be terribly missed.
Teri Beth Grun Clinical Unit Secretary AKA Lady at the front desk
LC

Laura Camacho

Posted at 04:57pm
A truly lovely human being...always smiling. sending Love and Prayers from all of the Camachos
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