CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Jan Herma

The Facts:
Janice Herma, 63, of Lighthouse Point, Florida, formerly of Hempstead, New York passed away on Friday, April 29, 2005.
The daughter of Ruth and Ed Herma, Janice's life was full of friends and family. She was a graduate of C.W. Post College on Long Island. For 10 years she was a Media Specialist in schools throughout Europe for the U.S. Air Force. Janice finished her career in 2000 as a Media Specialist after 21 years in Forest Hills Elementary School in Coral Springs, Florida. For many years Janice supported Kids in Distress in Fort Lauderdale. Janice is survived by her brother, John (Susan); niece Kyle; nephew Drew all of Elm Grove, Wisconsin and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is also survived by her dear friends, Terry and Bernice Funk of Boca Raton, Florida; and other wonderful friends, cousins, and Godchildren.

The Feeling:
Ed and Ruth were my surrogate grand parents, but Jan Herma was a friend at different stages of my life.
We attended movies together since I was 14 years old and she saw me perform at Parker Playhouse in 1980. I was the Royal Guard for the King of Siam in Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I." The King and I remained friends through the years and we recently connected. Jeff Crevier is the Minister for the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale Florida and he produces their Annual Christmas Pageant.

Jeff made arrangements for me to take my parents and Jan to a performance of this annual event. One of the highlights featured "The Grinch," a Jan Herma Christmas staple for Elementary Schools. The Second Act features the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Certainly appropriate.

Jan also got me tickets to the NCAA National Championship Game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Florida State University Seminoles in 1994. My alma mater finally won a National Championship that night and shortly thereafter I returned to Florida State to pursue graduate studies. After several years of professional hardship, that silly football game symbolized a change of my life in a positive way.

Jan Herma was a friend because she was there for me in both good and bad times.
Then again, that is what friends are for....
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