Eileen Klosterman Herman, 92, of 304 N. Wayne St., St. Marys, died at 1:20 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on Feb. 12, 1919, in Montezuma, to Frank and Adelaide (Borgert) Klosterman, and they preceded her in death.
On Nov. 29, 1945, she married Eugene T. Herman of Celina, after his safe return from Europe and World War II. Eugene preceded her in death in 2002.
She is survived by nine children, Jeralyn (Jack) Howley of Dallas, Texas, Jacquelyn (Steve) Guy of Englewood, Jane Miars of St. Marys, Robert (Mary) Herman of Englewood, Craig (Arlene) Herman of Traverse City, Mich., Jonathan Herman of St. Marys, Judith Gillespie of Sugarland, Texas, Jill (Greg) Pfenning of Martin, Tenn., and Julie (Lino) Bovenzi of Dayton; 23 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester (Lee) Klosterman of Greenville; two brothers-in-law, George Lucas of Ogelsby, Ill., and Paul Herman of Celina; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Wooles of Kettering and Joanne Straubinger of Tallahassee, Fla.
She was preceded in death by three children, Jyneen Folck, Thomas Herman and Janet Herman; a grandson, Ian Howley; her sister, Rita Lucas; three brothers, Ivo Klosterman, Elmer (Irene) Klosterman and Gene (Illa) Klosterman.
Eileen graduated from Coldwater High School in 1937. She went to Dayton’s Good Samaritan Nursing School and graduated as a registered nurse in 1940.
She worked as an RN for approximately one year out of Montezuma, taking care of relatives. Then she worked for Gibbons Hospital in Celina for one year.
She then took a job for three years for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company during World War II as a plant nurse. Eileen worked part-time as an RN for 19 years for the Valley nursing home and then retired.
Eileen was a very busy homemaker with the 12 children through the years. She was an accomplished cook and seamstress, making many of the girls’ clothes. For a time she enjoyed quilting and making rag rugs. She would play her piano to relax when she could find the time until her arthritis worsened in her 80’s.
Eileen was a gentle soul who always put everyone’s needs above her own. In later years, she became a nurse again in her home, taking care of her husband who became ill after suffering a series of strokes.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, where all of her kids went to school before going on to high school at Memorial High School.
Eileen enjoyed her family and loved watching the grandchildren grow up. She enjoyed fishing at Grand Lake St. Marys and at Lake Erie or any lake where the fish were biting. She especially liked gardening and working in the yard.
In recent years, Eileen was homebound and enjoyed watching EWTN to fulfill her need to be an active Catholic and good example to her family.
Eileen was very saddened by the deteriorating condition of Grand Lake St. Marys and hoped that things would change for the better so that her kids and grandchildren could continue to enjoy the lake.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, with the Rev. Tony Cutcher officiating.
Burial rites will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery in St. Marys.
Friends and family may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 High St., St. Marys. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Holy Rosary Catholic School or to Grand Lake Hospice.