E. Jean Herrman (November 2, 1929 – April 27, 2015), 85, peacefully passed away in her sleep on April 27, 2015 at St. Thomas More Hospital while recovering from a fall from the previous day.
She was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 2, 1929 to Anthony and Cecelia Fleissner and received her elementary and secondary education there. As a child, Jean suffered from polio but, with the attentive care of her mother, was able to avoid many of the more serious consequences of the disease. As an adult, however, she developed post-polio syndrome which increasingly weakened her legs and impaired her balance.
In the meantime, Jean earned a Bachelor degree in Nursing at the Denver School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado and later a Master degree in Psychiatric Nursing at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After teaching for several years at The Menninger (Psychiatric) Clinic in Topeka, Kansas she met the widower Dr. Ralph Herrman, D.D.S., of Seneca, Kansas. Ralph and Jean were married in November of 1969, and Jean immediately became the mother of Ralph’s eight children which included two sets of twins. Jean loved family, friends, the Church, and cooking. In 1973, the family returned to Omaha where Jean assumed a part-time teaching position at the College of St. Mary, School of Nursing and Ralph became a full-time faculty member at Creighton University School of Dentistry. After almost three decades in the Omaha area, Ralph and Jean retired from teaching (but not parenting) and moved to Canon City, Colorado.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Cecelia, and her step-son Nicolas Herrman. She is survived by her husband, Ralph, their seven children: David (Vicki) in Omaha, NE, Terry (Elin) in Ames, IA, Tim (Kathy) in Mesa, AZ, Eileen (Mark) Molzen in Mesa, AZ, Mark (& Ingrid) in Spokane, WA, Monica (Jim) Tolas in Sumner, WA, and Amy in Riverside, PA along with twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by a brother, Robert (Janet) Fleissner, and a sister, Kathleen (Fleissner) Wolford both in Omaha, NE, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Liebenthal, KS on Monday, May 4, at 10:30am. The burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Liebenthal, Kansas. Following services a luncheon will be held with the location to be announced.
Visitation will be 10 AM – 10:30 AM at the church on Monday.
Arrangements in care of Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.
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