Norman H. Ertel
1932 - 2021
Schoenberg Memorial Chapel Inc
519 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE
Norman H. Ertel

Wilmington - Age 88, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Born November 15, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Harry and Mamie (nee Zirin) Ertel. Norman graduated from Stuyvesant High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1953, and graduated from Columbia Medical School in 1957. He did his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in Steroid Biochemistry and Endocrinology at Cornell University.

Norman was a captain in the U. S. Air Force serving at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, DC. He was an Endocrinologist at the VA Hospital and served as chief of medicine. Norman had a passion for teaching and presenting, teaching at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He was proud of all his students, and will be missed by all of his students and peers.

Norman married the love of his life, Barbara "Bobbi" Schuster in 1967. They spent 52 years together before her passing in 2019. He loved classical music, traveling, research, reading his newspapers, and spending time with his family.

Preceded in death by his wife, Bobbi and sister, Rhoda; he is survived by his daughter, Wendy and her son, Owen; son, Adam; daughter, Emily, her husband, Bruce - who Norman loved like a son, and their children, Connor, Kyle, and Aubrey.

Services were private.


Published by The News Journal from Jul. 23 to Jul. 25, 2021.
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Please accept my condolences for your heavy loss.
Basil Kasimis MD
September 1, 2021
It seemed that remember Dr. Ertel was always there. I worked over 30 years at East Orange VA. Leading us with high standards, guidance and a willingness to listen, he attended my retirement and I appreciate his consideration of all employees.
September 1, 2021
I am so sorry, Norman, I promised I'd call you regularly. I tried so many times to thank you for your guidance, teaching, and kindness. Guess I never got it out of least while you were living. You are in my heart as a mentor, gentleman, and scholar ...a someone every physician should strive to become... I shall never, ever forget you. Aug 31, 2021
Robert Eng
August 31, 2021
I trained under Norman during my Medical residency. Later, Norman hired me as a junior attending at the VA in New Jersey. I got to be very close to Norman and Bobbi. Norman inspired many of us. He was a gifted teacher and a brilliant man. As the Chief of Medicine, he tried to help each of us to become the best physician we could possibly be. He was our academic father - we were his sons and daughters. I kept in touch with Bobbi and Norman after they moved to Delaware, and I visited them along with another colleague, Galen Stanislaus. Bobbi and Norman were such a loving couple - i could feel it when I was in their company, and I could hear it over the telephone. Both Norman and I shared the bitter experience of losing our beloved wives, almost at the same time. We tried to console each other. Norman will be missed. He touched me deeply - he will not be forgotten. My condolences to the whole family.
Michael Yudd
July 27, 2021
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