Hershman, Roland C.
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Roland C. Hershman, 88, Green Bay, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, February 15, 2013. He was born August 3, 1924 in Denmark, to the late James and Julia "Jolly" (Lynch) Hershman. After graduating from East High in 1942, Roland attended St. Norbert College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Social Work and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He dedicated his life to the fields of education, social work and public administration. In October of 1959 he was appointed as the first Superintendent of the Wisconsin School for Boys in Wales, WI, a position he held until his retirement. Roland "Poor Hershman" had a love for traveling, reading, history, and the finer things in life. In the last few years he continued his friendships using his telephone, which was his life line to the world.
Survivors include nieces and nephews: James (Alice) Hershman, Jerry Mike Hershman, Jewel O'Brien, Patricia McCarthy, John (Sue) Coppens, Rose Mary (Claude) Koch, Richard "Buck" (Betty) Kratz, David (Jan) Kratz, Rev. Conrad J. Kratz O.Praem., Barbara Kratz, and Bonnie (Ted) Phernetton; and many great-nieces and nephews and their children.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Leo Hershman, Rose (Hank) Coppens, Kathryn (Milton) Kratz, and Richard Hershman; and great-niece, Bridget McCarthy.
Family and friends may call Wednesday, February 20, 2012 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 340 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay, from 4:00pm until 7:00pm, with a parish prayer service at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue on Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 413 St. John St., Green Bay, from 10:00am until 10:45am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church on Thursday at 11:00am with his nephew, Rev. Conrad J. Kratz O.Praem. officiating. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Denmark. To leave a special message for Roland's family please visit, www.NewcomerGreenBay.com.
Roland's family would like to thank all of the people who provided care and comfort to Roland over the years with a special thanks to his home care providers Barbara, Gloria, and Mary.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2013