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Michael Herman

Michael Herman

Saturday, July 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Michael Herman wanted to thank all those who walked life’s journey with him these past 70 years. That journey ended on July 11th allowing him to join his heavenly father, giving thanks for a lifetime of blessings. Born in Chicago in 1950, he now joins his parents, William and Frances Herman in eternal life.

Michael often acknowledged his many blessings, taking for granted the efforts of the priests, nuns and teachers at St. Walter’s grade school in Roselle in molding his early years. He called graduating from Lake Park High School in 1968 a miracle due to his preference for sports over textbooks. However, his mathematical skills would serve him well as he loved to calculate horse racing odds.

Michael developed his love of horse racing early in life with his brothers Bill Herman and Ken Herman, guided by their father. Watching as Arlington Park burned to the ground, only to rise again, allowed him to continue to follow his passion. Working nights permitted him time during the day for the race track and his many friends there.

Unlike his brother, Steve Herman (Marta), Michael had no home improvement skills, once making 23 holes in the wall to hang a curtain rod.

He found joy in the many family gatherings hosted over the years by his sisters Norma Jean Young and Barb Harper (Bill). He enjoyed being an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews who tested his memory of all their names. He shared a special bond with his five nieces and nephews in Atlanta, who loved him like a father.

Another of life’s blessings allowed him to complete 37 years as a clerk at the Schaumburg Post Office, becoming a Union Steward in 1982. He was named Chief Union Steward in 1992. Michael remained active as State Business Agent from 2013 through this year. During those years he was mentored by so many wonderful people within USPS local 4871 as well as at the state and national level.

But Mike would say that his greatest blessing was sharing 44 years of marriage with his loving wife, Kathy (Butz) Herman. Through her, he rediscovered his commitment to a good and gracious God. Together they fought the battle of pancreatic cancer with the help of a wonderful team of doctors, nurses and caregivers.

It is for those reasons that he asks in lieu of flowers, that you place $2 in the collection plate of your local church or charity. It will be the best bet you ever place.

Visitation on Friday, July 24, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, 1640 Greenmeadows Blvd, (at Barrington Road) Streamwood/Schaumburg. On Saturday July 25, prayers will be held at the funeral home at 11:00am followed by procession to St. Marcelline Catholic Church in Schaumburg, for a memorial Mass 11:45am. Interment at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine, IL.

For information (630)289-8054 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, Streamwood
    Address
    1640 S. Greenmeadows Blvd. At Barrington Rd.
    Streamwood, IL 60107
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  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Marcelline Church
    Address
    822 S. Springinsguth
    Schaumburg, Illinois
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    Notes
    Prayer 11:15 am at the funeral home.
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery
    Address
    1185 W. Algonquin Road
    Palatine, Illinois 60067
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Rich Vana

Posted at 06:48pm
Mike and I were good friends in high school. A couple years after we graduated (in the early 70's) we took a trip to Daytona Beach, Florida in his GTO convertible and listened to The Doors the entire trip. I still smile everytime I hear "Riders on the Storm". We paid for the trip by going to the dog races every night we were down there. He definitely knew what he was doing! I have fond memories of Mike and that trip and will miss him. My condolences to his wife, Kathy, and the rest of the Herman family.
Rich Vana
Bourbonnais, Illinois
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Posted at 08:04am
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Bill Herman

Posted at 04:55pm
Memories of Mike the Humble Man

Mike did not leave behind material wealth because he was never attached to possessions. He left behind his wife of 44 years and family he loved and family who loved him. Mike left behind numerous genuine, heartfelt friends who bonded with him while sharing participation in his church, profession, or his passion, horse racing. Family close to Mike knew you were only a notch or two above how important these valued friends were to Mike.

Mike’s material possessions used daily would be a stretch to term them “modest”. His flip cell phone is irreplaceable because they stopped making his model and flip phones in general are old technology. While humble Mike could have purchased a $20,000 Rolex watch at the mall on a whim out of his personal petty cash, he never did. Did he even have a watch? The Salvation Army refused to take his wardrobe. The Salvation Army accepted his unbelievably large varied collection of “like” sweatpants with every pocket zippered. The Salvation Army thought it could be a valuable collection compiled from visiting 3rd world countries. Later they returned them.

Prior to 2015 Mike drove a Buick. He proudly drove big, high end, white, Buick automobile’s that looked like police car over run production. Of course, he kept each of them for approximately 10 years. At that point, like a good domestic automobile they all bled oil. Then humble Mike would purchase another Buick. In 2015, retired, 65 years old and tired of being literally badgered by loved ones close to him he agreed to upgrade his ride. After exhausting negotiations over several weeks, the Lexus dealership finally caved to his last demand allowing Mike to put $5,000 of the purchase price on his AMEX card. $5,000 was the maximum AMEX would qualify for travel points. Humble Mike who could purchase a top line Lexus, Mercedes, BMW etc. for cash purchased a midrange Lexus in the $40,000 range. (60% of the electronic features were never used. It just was not Mike.)

5 years later we are celebrating Mike’s life and I am elaborating on a specific value, maybe not so obvious, that made Mike an incredibly special, humble man who shared a part of our lives. If so blessed to be one of his 3 brothers & 2 sisters, a loved family member or if you interacted with Mike participating in his unwavering commit to God and church or experienced this special humble man working at the Post Office or those very lucky to share time with Mike while engaged in his life’s passion the race track (One race track friend from Miami, FL was more like a 4th brother to Mike.) you knew Mike, with a very significant net worth, never ever looked down on you or made you feel he was better than you. The reality was, if you were close to Mike, you knew he cared about you personally. He frequently asked questions if you were experiencing a problem. Mike would look you in the eyes and listen. If he could be part of the solution, Mike was there for you. Humility is a rare value.

Mike, we all are so grateful for the time we shared with you.
I (Bill) love you Mike. I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life.


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Posted at 04:59pm
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Barbara Staats

Posted at 08:30pm
Mike was a very kind and generous man. He was so kind to me when my son Bill passed away.
My best memory of him was when he sort of stood up for my wedding to his brother Bill dressed in gym shorts and holding a basketball. Rest inpeace Mike.
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