Bloom Norman Behr, age 87, until recently of 1 Fletcher Place, Hopkins. Preceded in death by parents, Celia & Harry Bloom; wife, Percy Bloom; sister, Tybel Bloom and grandson, Alexander Sipkins. Survived by daughters & sons-in-law, Jessica & Thomas Sipkins, Edina, Claudia & Stephen Soroko, Los Angeles; son & daughter-in-law, Harrison ``H.G.'' & Patricia Bloom, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; sister & brother-in-law, Myra & Mike Jacobs, Philadelphia; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Graceman Kline and Clarice ``Kiki'' Wien, Mpls; grandchildren, Nicole and Alison Sipkins, Beth and Peter Soroko, Laura and Jedd Bloom, and a multitude of loving family and friends. Dr. Bloom died peacefully surrounded by his family. He struggled valiantly following a stroke in September 2000. Norman was a highly-respected surgeon in private practice for over 35 years. During World War II, he served as Major in the U.S. Army for five years performing surgery near the front lines in France. Originally on the Staff of Asbury and Swedish Hospitals in Minneapolis, he later practiced at Mt. Sinai and Methodist Hospitals, and served as both Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Mt. Sinai. Norman exemplified the best in medicine: excellent technically, kind and caring, and always available to his patients. He was an honest and ethical gentleman. His sense of humor always warmed the room and lightened the load for others. He was completely dedicated to his family, whom he loved dearly. His memory will be ever-present in all those he touched. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the Sholom Home West and his personal caregivers for their dedication and loving care. Funeral services WEDNESDAY, 11 AM, TEMPLE ISRAEL, 2324 Emerson Ave S. Memorials to charity of donor's choice. SHIVA, 4500 Belvidere Lane, Edina (Wed. & Thurs. 7 pm). Arr. with Hodroff & Sons.

Published on August 13, 2002

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