Norman Crandus
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Crandus, Norman Norman Crandus, age 88. Beloved husband of Laurel nee Zisook. Loving father of Shlomo (Oi) Crandus, Hillel (Nava Cohen) Crandus, Margo (Mike) Steinmetz and Ben (Nancy Berglas) Highton. Proud grandfather of 7. Dear brother of the late Harold Crandus. Private service & interment will be held today. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. For shiva information, please contact Chicago Jewish Funerals Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, Sign Guest Book at

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Sep. 12, 2019.
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October 29, 2019
Norman was a true Renaissance Man. He had multiple talents which he shared with others. He was extremely intelligent, wise, witty, loving, kind and an advocate for education, the arts and children. I had the privilege of working with him as social worker at Hillcrest School where I experienced his positive influence. He also was a wonderful model for my 2 children when he was principal of Pierce Downer School. In celebration of a life well lived and extending condolences to his family,
Sarah DeMink
Sarah DeMink
September 21, 2019
Norm was a wonderful educator. I learned so much from him. He taught me to stand up for myself and argue when I needed to! I taught at Hillcrest as a third grade and fifth grade teacher. My sympathies to his family. I will always remember his smile!
Joan Noonan
September 21, 2019
My condolences to Laurel and family. Norm was my classmate at Calumet High School. A gentle, patient and very smart student.
Jean Lindell Smoots
September 19, 2019
I have wonderful memories of Norm. My first principal at Hillcrest. He pushed me to be a better teacher and he was always there to listen to concerns about children. I will always be grateful that he helped me with Chuck. On really bad days he took my class and sent me to Chuck's therapist to help me deal with the young man.
He cared so much about the children and really helped to turn Hillcrest into an awesome school.

Laurel, I am also thankful that you and Norm trusted me enough to watch your children one weekend.

Love to all of you!!

Joanne Fiene

P.S. I ended up at Hillcrest for 42 years and I still volunteer there at least once a week!!!
Joanne Fiene
September 19, 2019
My sincere condolences to Norman's family. May the God of peace and comfort strengthen the family during this most difficult time.
September 12, 2019
Norman was a fine and gentle man who will be missed by all us who were privileged to know him. May the Lord rest his soul in peace and may Laurel his children and grandchildren accept this terrible loss with the grace and equanimity that Norman brought to his life. He was a real mensch.
James and Roberta Berland
September 12, 2019
Sending my heartfelt condolences to Laurel & family.
He was such a sweet man.. my daughter, Jens, 1st Head of School @ Anshe Emet Day School...May his memory be for a blessing. With Sympathy, Rica
Rica Berg
September 12, 2019
May you find a strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
September 12, 2019
Please accept my condolences. I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God comfort and strengthen you. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
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