NORBERT B. ELSNER
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ELSNER, NORBERT B. October 25, 1933 to December 2, 2010 Norb was born and raised in Queens, New York. He graduated from Power Memorial High School, earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering at Virginia Tech and also a MBA from Pepperdine University (in later years). After four years of Active Naval service, Norb married Laverne Zowada, settled in San Diego and worked for General Atomics. Later, with two others, he founded Hi-Z Technology, Inc. Additionally, Norb proudly served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for thirty years and retired as a Captain. Norb was one of four children born to the late Edna and George Elsner. He was the beloved husband of Laverne Zowada for over 50 years. Norb will forever be remembered by his sisters Josephine Kiesewetter and Ellen Eschmann, devoted children Jill and Chad, treasured grandchildren Liam, Kyle, Shaun, Sydney, and Lauren, along with cousins and countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him. Norb's favorite pastimes included taking time to eat the best desserts, going out to dinner with his wife and friends, swimming, falling asleep while reading multiple newspapers at a time, engaging in conversations about new innovations to technology and listening to others' ideas and giving them advice. Norb touched the lives of many people with his many gifts of wisdom, understanding, and counsel. He was easily approachable and maintained his trademark sense of humor and feistiness all the way to the end. Norb, you will greatly be missed. San Diego and Hi-Z will never be the same. Clearly your presence has captured every soul you've come in contact with and their hearts will forever be changed. Norb will be resting in the Pacific Beach Mortuary Chapel (4710 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109, T. 858-488-5553). A viewing at 4:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. will be held on Tuesday, 21st December. His funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, 22nd December 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brigid's Church, 4735 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109, T. 858-483-3030, www.stbrigid-sandiego.org Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to Father Joe's Villages, 3350 E Street, San Diego, CA 92102-3332, www.fatherjoesvillages.org (T. 888-328-4375/619-446-2100).


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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 9, 2010.
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December 3, 2019
To the Elsner Family

Norb passed away on the same December date as my beloved Father-in-Law, Ceasar. Every December 2 I set up a memory table for Ceasar. Norb's photo, which was given to me by Norb's daughter, my good friend, Jill, is always there on the table along with Ceasar. Rest assured Norb is remembered in our prayers and thoughts.
Virginia Jeker
Acquaintance
December 21, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers have been you all: Laverne, Jill, Chad & family. Our lives were touched by Norb in a very deep and personal way. He was a mentor, great friend & like a Father to Fred. Fred wrote a beautiful tribute to Norb on his blog. Feel free to check it out. We are all better people because of our association with Norb. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with you all.

Much love from,

Fred & Lisa Leavitt & Family

http://fleavitt.blogspot.com/2010/12/norbert.html
December 21, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all: Laverne, Jill, Chad & family. Our lives were touched by Norb in a very deep and personal way. He was a mentor, great friend & like a Father to Fred. Fred wrote a beautiful tribute to Norb on his blog. Feel free to check it out. We are all better people because of our association with Norb. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with you all.

Much love from,

Fred & Lisa Leavitt & Family

http://fleavitt.blogspot.com/2010/12/norbert.html
Lisa Leavitt
December 20, 2010
We are saddened by Norbert's passing. We send our condolences to his family. The impression he left in our hearts won't be forgotten. He will be remembered as a cheerful man who from time to time will say, "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!" with a hint of east coast accent. I am sure he is having a great time in heaven eating desserts. Death is temporary, but God's love never dies.
Simon, Maru, and Vincent Kim
December 17, 2010
Chad and Judy

We express our deepest sympathies to you over the loss of Norbert. He was a great man who will manifest himself in the lives of his children and grandchildren. I have fond memories of Norbert and thought very highly of him. God's grace is upon him and I am sure he looks upon us in a higher place.
December 17, 2010
May you have a peace that passes all understanding during your time of sadness.
The Krauss Family
December 16, 2010
To Chad & Judy,
Our deepest sympathies to you both and your Mom. We hope your devotion in our faith gives you strength and comfort through this difficult time. God bless
Grace & Alex Servino
December 16, 2010
Chad may the peace and consolation of God be with you and Judy and the kids at his time of grieving. Love to all Fr. Mike Dolan
Fr. Mike Dolan
December 15, 2010
Charissa & Darius Calaguas
December 13, 2010
To the Elsner Family

I can imagine that you feel this overwhelming silence and quiet sadness; that in your hearts each of you yearns for only one more day with Norb, one more word, one more touch. While we'll never understand why Norb left this Earth so soon, surely before any of you were ready to let him go, I hope and pray that little by little, you will begin to remember not just that Norb has passed on, but that he lived ...and that his life gave many people from all walks of life, many memories... memories that are too beautiful to ever forget.

God bless all of you. With deepest sympathy

Virginia La Torre Jeker
Virginia Jeker
December 11, 2010
Paul & Ellen Trester
December 11, 2010
I worked for Norb in my first years with General Atomics. Norb enjoyed challenges of new technologies. He guided and offered individualism. His approach was appreciated and successful. He would ask the tough pertinent questions. Norb saw the humor in certain character traits of his peers. His smile often said it all. Norb gave his best to conduct and accomplish quality R&D and move forward with the challenge of prototypes and product. Good technical discussion he enjoyed and preparing proposals for new tasks was serious and ever present in his work. Norb's contributions were many in the technologies of materials and thermoelectrics. He never wanted to stop exploring; he helped many aspire to enjoy the pursuit of technology and discovery as possibly the most important focus in our technical careers. For this, your friendship, and your leadership Norb, I and many others salute you. Rest in peace.
Paul Trester
December 9, 2010
I spent time with Norb approximately five times in the last 18 months. He always offers a positive, upbeat feeling for myself and those in the room, each and every time, regardless of the situation. As I have been around him, I have come to understand that his understated manner belies his lifetime of important accomplishments, a true sign of character
Todd.
Todd Marchner
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