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Lois Herman

3/10/2017


Lois A. Herman, age 62, of Vernon, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY, Lois’ family moved to Kirk Terrace in Wayne in 1967. Five years later, she graduated from Wayne Valley High School with the Class of 1972.

After marriage, Lois was blessed with the birth of her two sons – David in August of 1974 and Michael in November of 1975. They continued to live on Manchester Court in Wayne until divorce ushered in a difficult series of chapters in Lois’ life. Despite many hardships, she always persevered, early on walking several miles to a job she secured at Child World in Wayne by the former Wayne Hills Mall on Hamburg Turnpike. She enrolled in computer classes to bolster her skills and her hard work paid off as this enabled her to land a better job with Anchor Bank in Wayne as a data processor. Her goal was always to do her best to provide the most decent childhood she could for her boys.

Lois and her sons moved to Vernon and she began working as a temporary employee with United Parcel Service. She remained in temporary status with the company from 1994 to 1997, then UPS hired her outright and she eventually rose to the title of Project Coordinator. Her role was to deploy software and hardware to data centers in Mahwah, NJ and Windward, GA and she performed her job with efficiency and integrity which earned her the admiration and respect of her fellow employees. One of those employees was a gentleman named Jim Clemo. Lois and Jim initially met working together on UPS’ internal help desk. Lois took such a liking to Jim that on August 12, 1995, she decided to ask him out. The feelings were mutual and a beautiful and loving companionship began and they remained devoted to each other for the past twenty-two years.

When the boys were little, Lois loved doing ceramics and she always looked forward to the Christmas holidays and gathering with her whole extended family for the annual cookie baking extravaganza. It usually took place in either the first or second weekend in December and the amount of cookies her family produced would have put cookie makers like Nabisco, Sunshine, and Keebler to shame – and the quality of her family’s cookies were much better too. Lois dearly cherished those memories spent with her family!

There’s no doubt that one of Lois’ greatest loves was NASCAR Racing. She and Jim were present to cheer on their favorites at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Dover International Speedway in Delaware, Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. Lois got into NASCAR because of UPS company pride. United Parcel Service sponsored a car which was driven by Dale Jarrett but recently Martin Truex was her favorite driver. When going to Pocono Raceway, Lois and Jim would generously buy whole blocks of tickets and invite family and friends. Many good times were had at the races and the tailgate parties before and after the events.

Attending NASCAR races was a great way for Lois and Jim to see lots of great places in America including the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. She cherished a Celebrity Cruise she got to enjoy with her Mom to the Hawaiian Islands and one she and Jim got to take to Bermuda. Lots of vacations included family including visiting with Jim’s grandchildren in Canada and Kansas as well as trips to Myrtle Beach and to Disney World and Bush Gardens in Florida with her two grandchildren – Emma and Michael. Lois had such a generous spirit, she always insisted on paying all expenses so her family could pour all they’re fun-loving energy into having a good time. Just knowing that her family was cared for and having fun is what gave her a good time.

Everyone’s “Mom”, Lois would give you the shirt off her back. Her family is grateful for unconditional love and the tremendous example she set by overcoming tough times in her life while always maintaining a positive attitude.

Lois was the loving companion of Jim Clemo of Sussex; dear mom of: David Herman of Sussex, and Michael Herman of Sussex; cherished grandmother of Emma and Michael; and dear sister of: Linda and husband James Barry of Pompton Plains, Lorraine and husband Richard Hughes of Marlton, Lori Mitchell of Vernon, and Anthony Mitchell of Jonas, PA. She was predeceased by her parents: Peter E. and Antoinette “Toni” Mitchell; and her brothers: Peter Mitchell and William Mitchell.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley R.C. Church, 630 Valley Road, Wayne, where at 9:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Lois’ name are asked to consider The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York 11714 or at www.lustgarten.org. 100% of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

Guest Book

3/14/2017

Lois was one of my favorite coworkers at UPS. Working on UPS business she was a team player. In idle conversation she brought a smile to my face. We shared a love of NASCAR. She was devoted to the UPS car, even in down seasons. The owner of the UPS car also owned a car with a Snickers bar painted on the hood. One of those down seasons I told Lois I'd buy her a Snickers bar every time the UPS car beat the Snickers car. The most fun I ever had loosing a bet was seeing her smile when I gave her that Snickers bar. I've been retired from UPS for several years but often think about Lois. I'll always be a Lois Herman fan.

Dennis Del Sordo

3/14/2017

This is a very sad time for many as we would much rather have Ms. Lois here with us. I will surely miss the GREAT personality and infectious smile. This is much too soon my Friend Lois. I'm very appreciative of the many years of Friendship. Wishing for you, the Friends and Family Peace during this most difficult time.

Jim Leonardis

3/14/2017

I worked with Lois @ UPS but from afar. I worked in Louisville, KY and periodically I was a part of a project that she was the coordinator for. Never a bad word about anything and obstacles would simply have to be dealt with. She was a very kind person. I always made sure to visit Lois when I came to Mahwah for other projects. We did talk about her love for NASCAR. It was a subject she didn't tire of at all. I thank you Lois for being who you were...

John Kinder

3/14/2017

I worked with Lois from time to time at UPS. She was a great resource and always willing to go above and beyond. My sincere condolences to her entire family. I know she will be missed.

Toby Ryan

3/15/2017

I've worked with Lois since 2003 on various projects over the years. She always had a positive go get it attitude. Never a bad word about anyone. Even in her passing, she is the glue that binds the people together in her life. She will be greatly missed...

Thomas Cole (TC)

3/15/2017

Lois was a co-worker and always very pleasant to work with. We would walk into UPS same time in the morning and we would do general talk. My condolences to her family in this tough time.

Rao Chinni

3/16/2017

She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family in this difficult times.

Butch Ivkov


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