Dorothy Herrmann, 90, died Wednesday, March 11th at her home in Raleigh. She was born July 3, 1924 in Glendale, NY to Mae and Carl Tempel. She lived there until 1964, when she moved with her husband and family to Raleigh, NC. She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Gunther Herrmann. She is survived by sons John (Sharon), Robert (Kathe), James (Natalie), and daughter Karen, by 8 grandchildren; Stephanie Herrmann, Aaron Herrmann, Rebecca Smith (Daryl), Laureen and Kristyn Herrmann, Nicholas, Alex and Sam Hamilton, and 3 great-grandchildren; Delilah, Amelia and Jacob Smith. She is also survived by her sisters Anne Reylea and Virginia Pomerenk, both of New York.
Dottie, or Grams as she was affectionately referred to by her grand and great-grandchildren, was a remarkable lady. Even though she never worked outside her home, she used her many talents to provide a safe, nurturing environment for her family. She taught Sunday School for 53 years, sometimes teaching more than one generation from the same family. She was involved with Meals on Wheels, taught under-privileged children in the Raleigh School System, was a member of a quilt-sewing ministry, and spent many years faithfully visiting shut-ins at nursing homes. Failure was “not acceptable” to her and perseverance was the norm with anything she undertook, as noted by her long-time physician who often referred to her as “the Field Marshal”. She and her positive example will be missed by all who knew her.
A Memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 5010 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, on Saturday, March 21st at 4:00 PM. She will be interred in the columbarium on the church grounds together with her husband. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
The family would also like to thank her faithful caregiver, Gladys McLain, who was a loving, compassionate presence in Dorothy’s final days.
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