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Phyllis Herman was a fantastic mother, wife, sister, "Nonnie", and devoted friend. She was also an educator, a guru, and a beacon of light and inspiration. She didn't mince words, spoke her mind freely, and supplied an endless amount of affection, honesty, kindness, and invaluable advice to everyone she knew and loved. She married Captain Ivan G. Herman in 1971 and settled in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she lived, raised her children, and tended her beautiful garden.
Phyllis' desire to educate and help others began when she received her Masters in Education at Bank Street College. She later completed a Masters in Nutrition, and worked as a nutritional consultant. She became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, a Healing Touch volunteer at the Bendheim Cancer Center, a docent at the Bruce Museum, a board member of At Home in Greenwich, and an active member of Chavurat Deevray Torah for over 40 years.
Her greatest joy was her family: her children, Jennifer Clair and Jonathan Herman, their spouses, Stephen Clair and Jason Wise, and her delicious grandchildren, Esther Rose and Henry Ivan, and her beloved husband, Ivan G., who died in 2005.
Phyllis believed in honesty and compassion, truth and lovingkindness. She didn't believe in guilt, doubt, or regret. She lived her life to the fullest, followed her convictions, and loved her family fiercely and completely. She will be profoundly missed. And she will be remembered forever.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 27 at Temple Sholom in Greenwich at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made in her name to At Home in Greenwich, an elder-care organization which she cared about deeply. To leave an online condolonce please visit www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com
Published in GreenwichTime on June 26, 2014