Gerald Robert Herman, 81, of Suttons Bay passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 at his home with his loving daughter by his side.
Gerald was born March 14, 1937 in Suttons Bay, the son of Robert and Ella (Steimel) Herman. On Aug. 22, 1959 in Suttons Bay, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Alice (Moe) Herman who preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2009.
His children cherish the memories of growing up on property on west bay. Family, friends, and neighbors would show up every weekend for cookouts and good times at their private beach. Gerald and kids would snowmobile, ride motorcycles and take yearly trips to the Upper Peninsula for vacations. Gerald and Mary Alice gave their children a perfect up north childhood.
Gerald would donate his time to his church, St. Michael's Parish of Suttons Bay and was a life-long member. His kids remember Saturday night masses at church followed by visits to grandpa and grandma Stowe; and Sundays were for visits to grandpa and grandma Herman. Family was very important to Gerald.
He was a hard-working man and taught those work ethic values to his children. He would work all day at the moving company and then attend his kids sporting events, both home and away. He usually went straight from work to the games so he could be there to support his kids.
Gerald is survived by his three children, Bryan (Kris) Herman, Mark Herman, Marsha (Mike) Antal; his grandchildren, Kelsey, Courtney, Zachary and Ella Antal, Connie (David) Elenich, Scott Mickelson, Tina (Matthew) Groleau; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Paul Elenich; and special friends, Geri Pool and Dodie Mikowski.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Alice; his parents; a daughter-in-law, Thelma "Jo" Herman; and his siblings, Pete, Bill, Ray and Walt Herman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15 with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The mass to celebrate Gerald's life
will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 at St. Michael's Parish of Suttons Bay. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Suttons Bay. Father Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to St. Michael's Parish, PO Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
Please share thoughts and memories with Gerald's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.
Published on June 12, 2018