September 5, 1931 - April 26, 2021
Overland Park, Kentucky - Our Mom, sister, great-great grandmother, aunt, friend and Rock of the family, Rachel Gorman took her last walk down a runway on Monday, April 26, 2021 at home with family at her side.
Mom was a woman that constantly projected her passion for life, her determination and her immense love for her husband, parents, children, and siblings daily. In her later years, when any of her extended family would ask who was her favorite, she always would reply, "you all are".
When she undertook anything, it was always with gusto, whether undertaking mundane chores at home or playing golf with her beloved husband, Sam. Anything less than perfect was not acceptable to her. Her drive for perfection was reflected in her love for Joyce Kilmer's poem, "Trees" and her description of their perfect forms and beauty.
Rachel was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, parents, Maria and Ezequiel Herrera, son, Michael Lonchar, sister, Ernestine Palos, and brothers, Manuel, Albert, Alfred, and Robert
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Smith (T.J.), sisters, Rita Khan, Beatrice Rodriguez, Olivia and Mary Herrera, Brothers, Louis and Richard Herrera. Grandchildren, Stephanie Rodriguez and Heather Young, Great granddaughters, a Great-Great granddaughter and over 35 nieces and nephews and a galore of extended family all who she loved.
A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:00 am at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 followed by a reception. Interment will follow at 1:00 pm at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery.
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Published by Kansas City Star on May 2, 2021.