Jerome F. Herrmann
December 2, 1935 – September 6, 2020
Jerome F. Herrmann, of Manchester, NJ, passed away at his home on Sunday. He was 84 years old. Born in Chicago on December 2, 1935, he was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (nee Zauner) Herrmann. Shortly after his 2nd birthday, his father suddenly passed away. With his mother unable to take care of him, he was placed in St. Anne’s orphanage. He spent the next 10 years between two different orphanages until “Grams” Zauner brought him to the West Brighton section of Staten Island. There he attended P.S. 18 and Port Richmond High School where he enjoyed playing baseball. Upon his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He completed his training at the Naval Facility in Bayonne, New Jersey. He was then assigned to the DDS-873 U.S.S. Hawkins Destroyer and served under the rank of a Yeoman (YN3). He did this for the duration of the Korean War. He received the Navy Good Conduct Medal, The Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Clasp – Europe/Asia) and The National Defense Medal. Jerome completed his honorable service for his nation in December of 1960. At the request of his captain, he was highly recommended for re-enlistment. After the navy, he took a job at Con Edison on Staten Island. He relentlessly pursued the job he truly desired at Proctor & Gamble and got it. He worked at Port Ivory on Staten Island for 36 years until his retirement in 1996. In 1959, he met his wife-to-be, Geraldine (nee Pagliarulo), at a social dance on Staten Island. She would laugh whenever she recanted the story of how they met stating “I felt so bad for him, he was so skinny – I needed to take him home for a good meal.” They were engaged within 6 months and wed on February 28, 1960. At this moment they became forever known as the “2 Jerry’s/Gerry’s.” They settled into their 2-story brick home in Meiers Corners, Staten Island. There they welcomed 2 sons, Mark and his younger brother, David. Jerome was an active father who took the lead in everything. He was a Cubmaster/Scoutmaster of Pack 26 and Troop 26 at Castleton Hill Moravian Church. He enjoyed scouting camping trips, including one to the historic Philmont Range. He made sure that his scouts participated in many community service activities. He always encouraged his scouts to be respectful and to help others. He was a fixture at his boys sporting events and tirelessly worked at the Blessed Sacrament Titan League Baseball Club. Jerry and Gerry were fixtures at games at Staten Island Academy. He helped organize many of SIA’s auctions and was an active member of St. Rita’s Parish. He was active with the St. Charles Men’s Guild, American Legion Cichon VFW Post #100 and the Mid-Island Social Club. He later served on the board for the P & G Retirees Club. During their retirement the Herrmann’s traveled extensively through Europe. He would recant stories of his trips to Italy, Ireland and Germany. Along with his wife, they made yearly excursions across the nation. A favorite was always a stop in Las Vegas and ventures through California. Particularly, he enjoyed visiting historical missions in each town they went. He said that becoming a grandparent was the greatest gift possible. Together they spent countless hours traveling with the “grandkids” and holiday dinners were always a delightful mainstay. “Gramps” as he was lovingly known, manned the garbage bag on Christmas Eve and day and always donned a festive hat. The Herrmann’s relocated to Renaissance in 2003.There they joined a variety of clubs and continued to travel. He was an active reader and could tell a story with more details and facts then you could remember. His family would joke and say either you were more educated, or your head was spinning after his stories. He loved to play cards, collect coins, fish and hunted. He loved to help his wife make blankets for his grandchildren. He was a master on the BBQ. He was a diehard Yankees fan and attended World Series games. He held season tickets for the Jets (for his wife) but was a true-blue Giants fan. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Geraldine. She was truly the love of his life. He is survived by his sons Mark and David and his wife Michele. The light of his eyes were his grandchildren; Mark Andrew (wife Stephanie), Justine (husband Matthew), Christopher (fiancée Beverly), Nicholas, Christian and Kayleigh. He was “Great Gramps” to Mason, Sloane and Tyler and was so proud to be a great-grandfather. A visitation for Jerome will be held on Thursday, September 10th, from 4 pm to 9 pm at the Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Rd. Manchester. A religious service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 11th, at 1230 pm. Burial will be immediate following at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle NJ Veterans Cemetery, 350 Province line Rd, Wrightstown, NJ. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and all guests are required to wear a mask at both services. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation in memory of Jerome to either of his 2 favorite charities: The St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to Boys Town. Jerome had a special place in his heart for these organizations.
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Jerome F. Herrmann
September 10, 2020
From as far back as the Bronk Dalessio days to a recent Christmas at my house...
A good man who will be missed.
September 9, 2020
Mr. Herrmann was a class act! Bob and I fondly remember having many laughs with him at Justine’s beautiful wedding...His sense of humor, his love of life, and his great pride in his family really shone through and was evident to all. May God welcome him into paradise, may his memory be eternal, and may all the good memories, plus your faith that God will take care of him now, sustain you all in your time of sadness and grief. Love, Mary & Bob Tomes