May 12, 2008
After seventy-seven years of fidelity to the vows she made in 1931, Sister Mary Herman, age 97, completed her earthly journey and was born to eternal life on Monday, May 12, 2008. Born Anna Elizabeth Corey in Monroeville, she was warmly welcomed into the family of John and Flora Herman Corey. With her brother John (Pete) and sister Elizabeth, Anna developed close family ties and learned how to become the curious and outgoing adult everyone knew so well. She attended elementary schools in Monroeville, Sandusky and Norwalk. After her graduation from St. Paul’s, Norwalk, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1928 and made her first vows in January of 1931.
Her love for learning was obvious, and after she received her BS from DeSales College, Toledo, she attended Columbia University in New York, receiving an MA in business education. She loved teaching and had a wonderful rapport with teen-agers; so much so, that she eventually pursued an MA in Guidance in order to be of greater service to them in their needs. Sister Mary Herman was also instrumental in setting up the Young Christian Students (YCS) at Central Catholic High School in Toledo. It was her desire to form strong Catholic youth who were firm in their beliefs and strong in their principles of living. Communication through writing was also her strength and she became the author of a number of articles focused on youth formation and historical research.
Sister Mary Herman taught in the elementary schools early in her career. After nine years, she moved into the high school where she excelled in the business department and in the area of guidance. She was on the faculties of the following schools: St. Joseph, Crestline; St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Wendelin, Fostoria; St. Mary, Sandusky; St. John, Delphos; and St. James, Ladyfield, St. Mary, Central Catholic and Notre Dame Academy in Toledo.
Preceding her in death are her parents John and Flora, her brother John (Pete), sister Elizabeth and a nephew Donald Wheeler. Left to mourn her are a niece DeEtte Wheeler Zimmerman, Norwalk; and nephew Roger A. Wheeler, Millersburg, Ohio.
Visitation for Sister Mary Herman will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Provincial Center on Secor Road and continue again from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The wake will begin at 3:45, followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 5:00 p.m. in the convent chapel. The burial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the convent and then proceed to Resurrection Cemetery where the internment will take place.
Any tributes may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame. Arrangements by Abele Funeral Home.