Doris Herrmann
1927 - 2020
BORN
March 14, 1927
DIED
October 22, 2020
Doris L.J. (Jacques) Herrmann, 93

West Boylston / Worcester - Doris L.J. (Jacques) Herrmann, 93 years young, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 22, 2020. She was born in Worcester to Albert and Alida (St.Jean) Jacques and lived in Worcester 80 years, moving to West Boylston in 2007.

Her husband, William C. Herrmann, died in 1971. Bill was the love of her life. When he was stricken with polio in 1955, leaving him a quadriplegic, she devoted herself to taking care of him. When he was able to return to work, she worked tirelessly for the March of Dimes. Along with her husband Bill, she was also predeceased by her beloved sister Jeannette Lindsay in 2008.

She leaves two devoted daughters, Christine A. Pescheta of West Boylston and Judith A. Chevalier and her husband Philippe of West Boylston; four cherished grandchildren, Renée Brancaleone and her husband Joseph of West Boylston, Philippe Chevalier Jr and his wife Monica of Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, Michael Pescheta and his wife Vanessa of Thompson, CT and John Pescheta of Boylston; five great- grandchildren who brought a special joy into her life, Clayton and Scarlett Brancaleone, Elle and Max Chevalier and Alida Pescheta. She leaves her dearly loved niece and godchild Janice Ciccolini and her husband Denis of Worcester and a special niece Linda Maynard of Farmington, NH, along with other nieces and nephews. She also leaves countless friends whom she loved dearly.

She graduated from Commerce High School in 1945 and Salter Secretarial School in 1974. After retirement from UMass Medical Center as a medical secretary, Doris started taking classes at Worcester State College, eventually earning her Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies at the age of 77.

She was a long-time devoted member of Immaculate Conception Church in Worcester, where she served as an acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, and CCD teacher. She was active in the Girl Scouts and the American Business Women's Association (Minutewomen Chapter). She was voted Woman of the Year in 1982. In her 80's she joined Planet Fitness, making many new friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove St, Worcester. Due to Covid-19 and the generosity of Fr. Walter Riley calling hours are Monday, October 26 from 9:45 to 11:15 am at the church. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester. Arrangements are under the care of Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave, Worcester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove St, Worcester, MA 01605 or Thea's Pantry at Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01602.

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
26
Visitation
9:45a.m. - 11:15a.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
353 Grove St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
Oct
26
Calling hours
9:45a.m. - 11:15a.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
353 Grove St, Worcester, Massachusetts
Oct
26
Funeral Mass
11:30a.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
353 Grove St, Worcester, Massachusetts
Oct
26
Funeral Mass
11:30a.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
353 Grove St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
Funeral services provided by:
Rice Funeral Home - Worcester
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Chris ~ Your Mom was a lovely lady, may she rest in Peace.
Joanne “Palumbo” Ciociolo-Callahan
Joanne Ciociolo Callahan
October 26, 2020
Doris ("Mrs. Herrmann" when I was 7) was one of the most beautiful, kindest souls to bless this earth. Be it with her gentle nature at Immaculate Conception's CCD office (where she always said she'd would put a brick on my head), guiding me in my faith as my Confirmation sponsor, watching me become a mother, all the way to being a lifetime friend she was filled with Grace and generosity. I'm sorry that I couldn't be with you to celebrate her life. She will always be in my heart and prayers. I will miss her so very much. I know she went straight up to Heaven and is looking down on all of us with "Mr. Herrmann" at her side. With love and hugs - RoRo (Rosemary Vassallo Nelson)
Rosemary Anne Nelson
October 26, 2020
93 years young ! What a great way to put it for Doris. As 2 more long time parishoners of Immaculate Conception my Mom and I cherished every Mass encounter with Doris. She was a powerhouse of loving life, people, new adventures. Her pew will forever remind me of her presence in our lives.
God bless her and may her memories be a blessing to all.
Dorothy & Kathye Kelly
Kathleen Kelly
Friend
October 26, 2020
To Doris's family, I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful woman who loved you all so much. She shared some of her special life story during our occasional chats at the gym and I told her I wanted to be like her when I grow up. She has been truly inspiring. I hope you take comfort in loving memories during this hard time.
Judy Thompson
Acquaintance
October 25, 2020
Hi Judy, I am very sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I remember her playing at your house on Nelson Park Drive! Take good care. Sincerely, Janice (Terpo) Anderson
Janice E. Anderson
Classmate
October 25, 2020
Dear Judy and Christine, I am so sorry for your loss. Judy, you may not remember me but we were classmates at Nelson Place so many years ago. I remember you and your family well. Your mother was so kind to me. I can remember the exquisite care that she gave to your Dad and that even as a child this was an inspiration to me. I became a nurse and have often thought that your mother was such a champion for caring for people in the home setting. I recall watching her use adaptive equipment with your Dad and caring for him in such a joyful way. It clearly made an impression because all of these years later I can still remember things so vividly. A part of who I am as a nurse is because of your mother. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful mother, but I suspect you know that. I will you all in my prayers during this sad time.
Eileen McGee
Eileen McGee
October 25, 2020
Dear family, I'm at a loss for words but ever so thankful I swung in Church Street a week ago & had at least a brief visit with Doris. Happy as ever as her daughters & little grands were raking leaves & running around. So happy I have this memory amongst others. What a woman Doris was & did she love you all. At least she is at peace & she lived a good life. My deepest sympathy & love are with you all.
M. Patricia Barrie
Friend
October 24, 2020