AUBURN — Ann Herkomer, 89, passed peacefully on April 7, after a two-month struggle with complications arising from multiple strokes.
Born in 1920, she was the third oldest in a large family. Her parents emigrated from Germany and met on the journey to the U.S. She grew up in Harrington Park, N.J. Ann’s future family would hear stories about these years and, of course, about the Great Depression, many times over. She loved going to school but always ‘wished she were smarter’ and wished that she had had the opportunity to finish high school. However, her mother insisted that girls did not need an education, so she went to work house cleaning as a teenager. During World War II, Ann had a ‘Rosy the Riveter’ type job in a plane-manufacturing business but noted that ‘we all quit’ after the war so the returning soldiers could have the good jobs.
Ann met Harry Herkomer and they married on May 6, 1950 and started their family in Cresskill, N.J. They raised two children and over the years many dogs, who were much loved members of the family. Harry and Ann enjoyed nearly 60 years together.
Ann’s love for animals, her delight in watching the birds at her bird feeder, her enjoyment of reading and her favorite TV programs all gave her great joy. She enjoyed happily giving her family orders and telling them how to do things — particularly advising them on how to drive, never mind that she never obtained a driver’s license. The other hallmark of Ann’s character was worrying. Had worrying been an Olympic sport, she would have won the gold medal many times over. Her family will treasure memories of her warm heart and generous spirit.
Ann is survived by her loving husband, Harry; by her son, Steven and his wife, Beatrice (Hewitt), N.J., and by her daughter, Janet Herkomer Adelberg (North Monmouth); and by four grandchildren, Jeff Adelberg, Sarah (Xar) Adelberg, Kamelia Wiggins and Berlant Tarakji. Ann is also survived by her beloved older sister, Louise, with whom she enjoyed a special bond; and by niece, Nancy Kraus Davenport and husband, Tommy, who did many good deeds for Ann and Harry in their elder years; and by other nephews in New Jersey.
Ann’s family will be forever grateful to Hospice of Androscoggin Country for the comfort and support they provided during Ann’s last week. The wonderful staff at Clover Health Care could not have done more and their professionalism and compassion made our family’s burden easier.