Norma Hayman
Friday, 10 January 1919 - Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Funeral Date: Friday, 06 April 2018

Norma Joelson Hayman died peacefully on March 28, 2018 in her home at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, NJ. Small in stature, but enormous in personality and joie de vivre, Gnome, as she was known to family and friends, embraced all parts of her life. She loved the theater, ballet, and art, constantly driving until the age of 90 from her home in NJ to New York for any morsel of culture. She loved to travel, saying once "there are so many places to go, and so many to return to!" She loved her large extended family and was the life of every party. She knew the lyrics to every Cole Porter song and was the first on the dance floor and the last to leave. She gave herself to countless charities, particularly the American Cancer Society. She was a founding member of the Passaic County chapter in 1946. She went on to become the NJ president and then Secretary to the National Committee, finally becoming an honorary life member of the National Assembly. She also had a thriving business as an interior designer. She was a longstanding member of Hollywood Golf Club and Elberon Bathing Club. Born on January 10, 1919 in Paterson, NJ, the daughter of Rae (Aronsohn) and Morris Samuel "Doc" Joelson MD, she graduated from Eastside High School and Smith College, class of '38. (She attended every Smith Reunion since.) In 1942 she married Irving Robert Hayman, M.D, an anesthesiologist with the Barnert Memorial Hospital in Paterson, who predeceased her in May,1981. She is survived by her three loving children, Virginia Cohen (George), Sally Hayman (Elliot Margolies), and James (Annie Potts); seven grandchildren, Gregory Cohen (Robin Reiser), James Cohen (Amanda Cruz), Rebecca Perlmutter (Dan Bradford), Hannah Fisher (Cole), Clay Senechal, James "Doc" Hayman, and Isaac Harris "Harry" Hayman, and three great grandchildren, Sullivan, Wyatt, and Des Cohen. Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Friday, April 6, 2018 at Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel, Paramus, New Jersey. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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