Joan B. Herman, 87, of Mifflinburg entered into rest at 3:07 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Rolling Hills Manor.
Born on October 09, 1933 in Lewisburg, a daughter of the late Earl and Helen (Hackenburg) Bingaman. On July 8, 1951 she married David Neil Herman and the two created a marriage lasting 54 years.
She was a graduate of Mifflinburg High School class of 1951. She was later employed in that same school building as a library aide and secretary where she worked with one of her 'adopted' daughters, Lynn Tanner, the elementary school librarian.
Joan will always be remembered for her willingness to open her home to anyone in need of a loving place to stay, making her, Mom, to a huge clan of 'adopted' Hermans along the way. EVERYONE felt welcome at 77 Maple Street where she spent over 50 years of her life, many of those with her beloved husband, David, and two children, Bradley and Lori. Her constant care and hospitality continued as her grandson, Logan, and all of his friends gathered there for hours of sled riding, boardgame playing and helping upon helping of her famous potpie.
Her friends and the community were also recipients of her giving nature and her cooking and baking skills. Joan always sensed the exact moment when she should arrive at a friend's home with a perfect gift or delicious meal, to provide joy or to ease someone's pain. And she greeted folks with her beautiful smile as she volunteered her time at booths at the local fireman's carnival and donated an endless supply of pies at the women's auxiliary stand.
Joan also had a lifelong devotion to animals which she demonstrated in two special ways. One involved her unabated spoiling of every single pet that found themselves fortunate enough to be in her care and the other through her generosity toward creatures worldwide via her donations to a large number of animal welfare organizations.
Joan enjoyed spending time at a favorite cabin on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack and trips to the beach with family and friends. And when the weather was agreeable, she could always be found on her screened back porch, reading and watching the wildlife in her backyard or sharing laughter and stories with others who had gathered there with her.
Joan was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Acacia Club Williamsport Consistory, Union County PASR, Children's Make a Wish Foundation, Pennsylvania Special Olympics, Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, and Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association. Her environmental and animal protection memberships included The Wildlife Society, SPCA International, the National Humane Education Society, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, the Humane Society, PETA, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the National Wildlife Federation.
Surviving is one daughter, Lori Weaver of Brooks, ME, one grandson, Logan Bradley Weaver in Philadelphia, PA
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Neil Herman and her son, Bradley Noel Herman
Due to the ongoing pandemic, services will be conducted privately with a public 'Celebration of Life' service being planned for this summer.
Interment will be in the Mifflinburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joan's memory may be sent to Mostly Mutts, 284 Little Mountain Road, Sunbury, PA 17801
To share in Joan's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com
Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals • Cremations • Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.
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