Martha Louise Schueler Herman, Marty, passed on peacefully in her sleep on July 2, 2013.
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"When I go I want to come back as a butterfly so I can give my family and friends butterfly kisses."
A thank you card, a bouquet of flowers, sent to friends new or old, were her trademarks. She often said that she was never a gardener, but that she arranged dinners served like a garden on the plates.
She will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life and for being a good sport on pack trips with her husband, Hamilton, into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, float trips down blue ribbon trout streams in Montana, a mule ride into the Grand Canyon, and on safari in Africa.
She was known for saying "thanks a bunch" or "angels everywhere" when someone gave her a helping hand. If you held the door for her when entering church she'd always thank you by saying: "I'd rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord…"
Marty was born in Chicago on May 6, 1916. She graduated from the University School for Girls in 1933 and Northwestern University in 1937. She was active in volunteer work during and after college with the Traveler's Aid Society and Children's Memorial Hospital.
For three months, during the time that many young women were getting married during the war, she worked in the bridal department of Saks Fifth Avenue (in Chicago).
She met the man she would marry, Hamilton Herman, in December 1943. They were married at Wee Kirk of the Heather in Los Angeles, Calif., in March 1944.
Hamilton's changing job positions led to moves to Los Angeles; Cambridge and Concord, Mass.; New Canaan, Conn.; Potomac, Md. (while Hamilton served as Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, William Coleman) and back to New Canaan.
In October 2011, at 95, she moved to Bozeman to be near her daughter.
From 1955 until her move, she was an active member of First Church of Christ Scientist, New Canaan, Conn., serving in the Sunday School and several committees.
Fearless at 96, she participated in balance class at the residence where she was living, Aspen Pointe, and began to work on the stationary bicycle. She loved attending concerts by the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, and local visiting musicians at other venues. She often stated that music was her life.
Beginning at age 8, she studied the piano and played for many years. One highlight of those years was sitting on the stage (where extra chairs had been set up) during a performance by internationally famous pianist, Vladimer Horowitz. Although she hadn't played in many years, she still enjoyed attending recitals when she could.
Another lifelong interest was golf. Marty often played golf with her dad at his club near Chicago. It was through him that she was asked once to keep score for Bobby Jones. A visit with friends in Scottsdale, Ariz., lead to a visit to Cape Cod, Mass., near the Kennedy compound and being asked by Eunice Kennedy to play golf with her mother, Rose, decades before the family would become famous when John was elected to be president. She followed the PGA tournaments right up until a couple weeks before her passing.
Marty was an active member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bozeman and an enthusiastic supporter of Club 4880 of Toastmasters International.
Her family knows that she is surrounded by white butterflies in the mountains she loved to watch from her apartment windows and a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord.
Marty was preceded in death by her husband, Hamilton; her brother, Richard Schueler; and by her parents, Martha Keith Schueler and Frank Schueler.
Marty is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hopper of Bozeman; granddaughter, Jessica Lane, and grandson, Keith Lane.
"Good night, Mom."
"Good night, Angel."
In lieu of flowers you are welcome to make a contribution in her name to the Christian Science Monitor (https://secure.qgiv.com/for/tfcocs, select "Monitor Operating Fund") or the Bozeman Symphony Society (bozemansymphony.org).
There will be a private celebration of Marty's life.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 14, 2013