Norman Hyatt Rashba

Norman Hyatt Rashba passed away peacefully on May 30, 2020, at 93 years of age. Norman was born on December 1, 1926, in New Haven, CT, where he was raised in the loving home of Abe and Sonya (Hyatt) Rashba. This family unit was part of a large multi-generational extended family whose values of compassion and integrity were a presence throughout Norman’s life. Norman married his beloved sweetheart, Harriet Goldberg of Wallingford, CT in 1948. Their romance continued for 65 years until Harriet’s death in 2013.  After serving as a medical technician in the Navy, Norman graduated from the University of Connecticut. He had a long career as a CPA for the firm of Konowitz, Kahn, Rashba and Leibowitz of New Haven. Norman had a special ability to engage others in conversation; he loved to learn from people he encountered. This skill served him well in business and in life. Family was Norman’s first priority but he also believed in helping others in the community.  He was on the executive board of Tower One. He did pro bono work for social service agencies. He was a past president of Congregation Mishkan Israel. Norman appreciated the synagogue for its commitment to social justice, free speech, the arts and community action.  He represented CMI on the Greater New Haven Interfaith Social Action Committee. Upon retirement, Norman and Harriet moved to Cape Cod for 13 years.  They returned to New Haven when Harriet was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Norman dedicated himself to lovingly provide her care. Norman moved to Whitney Center in 2012. He thrived within the community’s social and cultural programming. He loved sitting in the dining area, conversing, learning from and laughing with his fellow residents and the employees. He took joy in being able to share the WC experience with his brother and sister-in-law, Malcolm and Barbara Rashba. Norman worked with the administration of Whitney Center to improve its delivery of health services. His family would like to express their appreciation to the Whitney Center staff who recognized his endearing qualities and skills  while caring for him in his final years. The family regarded Norman as the patriarch; loving brother of Malcolm and Barbara Rashba of Hamden, CT; loving father of Howard and Susan Rashba of Bedford, MA, Susan Engelhardt of Middletown, CT, and Rachel and Michael Berman of Riverdale, NY; loving grandfather of Aaron and Karina Rashba, Daniel and Angela Rashba, Jason and Katrina Engelhardt, Matthew and Megan Engelhardt, Katie and Jared Pinkus, Ava Berman and fiancé, Joseph Carreno, and Eric Berman; and loving great-grandfather of Eli, Amelia, Zoe, Silas, Rae, Reese, Kayla, Norah, Hannah and Lydia. In addition to his parents and Harriet, Norman was predeceased by his son-in-law, Richard Engelhardt and great-granddaughter, Olivia Rashba. Also remembering Norman are his brother-in-law Edwin Goldberg and wife, Gayle of CA, many nephews, nieces, cousins and a multitude of friends whom he collected during his long life.

A private graveside funeral service will be held at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Congregation Mishkan Israel, the Whitney Center Philanthropy Fund or a local food bank.

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  1. Paul Seplowitz said,

    06.01.20 at 4:17 pm

    Our sincere condolences go out to the whole Rashba family. Norman Rashba was a well known name in my household while I was growing up. Mr. Rashba was my father’s accountant for many many years handling all of his personal and business affairs. It is true, Norman had a great way to connect and he and my father, Alex Seplowitz had many conversations about the farm that we lived on in Mansfield CT.

    I believe that Susan, you know my sister Marcia Novak of Newton Center. She as well as my brother Howard, and I send along our wishes that precious memories of Norman will make you all smile for many years to come.
    Paul Seplowitz

  2. Ellen Nathanson said,

    06.01.20 at 4:54 pm

    I had the pleasure to work with Norman and Harriet on many of their real estate moves. First in Spring Glen and later on 707 Mix Avenue. I always found Norman to be a pleasure to work with. After coming back from the Cape and looking for a condo with Harriet, he showed his kindness and devotion to her. When He sold Mix Avenue by himself to go to Whitney Center he still had that wonderful sense of humor and twinkle in his eye. I am sorry for your loss. He was a very kind, special man.

  3. Jack calechman said,

    06.01.20 at 7:43 pm

    To the Rashba family

    So sorry to have been notified of Norman’s passing. My sympathies to you all at this sad time.

    Jack Calechman

  4. Amy Klebanow Glick said,

    06.01.20 at 8:40 pm

    Dear Rashbas,
    I have so many warm memories of a childhood spent with all of you and your parents. Their generosity and kindness were a great inspiration to me. In recent years I saw your father quite frequently on my visits to my sister in Whitney Center. He and I always would have fun reminiscing about our night at the opera when Rae and I were little girls. What a lovely man…he is sorely missed.
    May his memory be a blessing to you all.
    With great affection,
    Amy Klebanow Glick

  5. Reverend Richard Marquette said,

    06.02.20 at 8:03 am

    We send Our condolences to the Rashba family on the passing of Norman. He was a kind man who will be missed by all. Blessings on his soul.

    Richard Marquette
    Goldblatt, Marquette and Rashba, PC

  6. Lindy Lee Gold said,

    06.02.20 at 10:01 am

    Norman offered personal and professional guidance to my entire family. His humility and humor were always present. His memory is a blessing.
    Sincere condolences to the Rashba family.
    Lindy Gold

  7. Larry and Sherry Shanbrom said,

    06.02.20 at 10:03 am

    Sherry and I send our most heartfelt sympathies to the Rashba family. For so many years, Norman was literally a part of our family in what was a 50+ year relationship between Konowitz, Kahn, Rashba, and Liebowitz and the Shanbrom family.

    May his memory be a blessing for all.

  8. Rikia Crimley said,

    06.02.20 at 11:07 am

    My condolences to his family. He was an amazing man and was always nice to me when i seen him. Whitney Center’s staff will miss him!

  9. Cis and Jim Serling said,

    06.02.20 at 6:55 pm

    I saw Norman going into the super market just before “the quarantine. We hugged and talked about how he enjoyed buying the food he liked—always with enthusiasm and clarity. Norman, Harriet and Jim and I had many terrific conversations over the years, always enjoyed their sincerity, their interest in our family, shared experiences at Mishkan Israel–there was always a connection, there was always a good feeling after a meeting with Norm. He was a “mench” and an influence on our lives. We will miss his presence.
    Jim and I send our deepest sympathies to his family. Cis and Jim Serling

  10. Kali Williamson said,

    06.03.20 at 10:22 am

    I so sorry for your loss. Mr. Rashba or Stormin Norman as some staff like to call him was my neighbor at the Whitney Center only thing is I’m not a resident, I’m a staff member. My office is right next store to his apt. He was a amazing man, we had the best talks. Everyday he would be the first person I would see before he would go to the gym and the last person I would see before I went home. I going to miss him more then words can stay. Thank you for sharing him with us at the Whitney Center. He will never be forgotten.

    My Deepest Sympathies for your family.
    Kali and Brandi

  11. Deborah Bovilsky said,

    06.03.20 at 1:05 pm

    Norman radiated goodness. In his company you felt special, appreciated and inspired. At Mishkan Israel, Whitney Center, and the greater New Haven community he left behind countless good works. Tikkun olam- the world was much improved by his being here. We are missing him.

    Deborah Bovilsky

  12. Joe vignola said,

    06.04.20 at 7:54 am

    Dear Howie, Susan & Rachel, I am sorry to hear about Norman’s passing . Your father was always such a sincere good hearted person . Our family was blessed to have your family as neighbors. Your mother and father were always so kind to everyone . I know they taught us all by example. You are all blessed to have such good memories and a wonderful family. Sincerely , joe vignola

  13. Fern Galperin & Don Hamerman said,

    06.05.20 at 5:12 pm

    Dear Susan, Rachel and Howie,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your families. We appreciated your father’s warmth, mirth and kindness toward our mother-in-law/mother, Wilda, in her final years at the Whitney Center. And we, ourselves, enjoyed his company and graciousness whenever we were fortunate enough to spend time with him.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Fern & Don