William H. Hermann, 83,
passed away Wednesday, April 12, at his home in Calcium.
Calling hours will be
held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Cummings
Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown. A prayer
service will be at the funeral home 10:15 a.m. Monday,
April 17, followed by the funeral mass celebrated at
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 11
a.m. with Rev. Jonas Tandayu, MSC, pastor, presiding.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Clayton.
Bill was born in Redwood on May 28, 1933, son of Adolf and
Anna M. Schwartz Hermann. He was an honor student at
Immaculate Heart Academy and graduated in 1950. After
graduation he worked for two years at Zimmerman Accounting,
On June 10, 1952. he entered the US Navy, serving four years
actively and four years inactive reserves. His service
included time in Il, OK, FL, and VA. He received the Good
Conduct and National Defense Service Medals and was
honorably discharged on June 9, 1960.
He married Mary G. Finley at St. Andrew's Church, Sackets
Harbor on June 20, 1959, with Rev. John M. Kennedy officiating.
After his service to his country, Bill worked as a
Head Teller at the Northside Branch of National
Bank of NNY, then transferred to become a personal loan
officer. In July 1964 he began his career for Stebbins
Engineering. He was assistant purchasing agent. In December
1995 he retired as Purchasing Agent and Transportation
He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church,
an usher, and advertising manager for the church newspaper,
The Voice. He was a member of Bishop Conroy General Assembly
4th Degree Knights of Columbus and its Color Corp and a
life member of Knights of Columbus Council 259. Bill was a
member of the Holy Name Society and Sacred Heart Foundation.
He was a member of VR22, Naval Reunion Group in Norfolk, VA,
the Star Grange in Calcium, and a life member of American
Legion Post 61 in Watertown. Bill was an active fireman. He
was past president and assistant chief of Calcium Fire Dept.
He served as president, Truck Captain, and on the board of
directors at North Pole Fire Dept. and was a member of its
drill team, where he was referred to as Uncle Bill. He was a
life member of NNY Firemen's Assoc., NYS Firemen's Assoc.
and NNY Drill Teams Captains Assoc. He was a member of St.
Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum, Madrid and the zoning
board in the town of Pamelia.
Bill loved his John Deere tractors and camping. He enjoyed
traveling with the Serra Club, Ogdensburg and once a year he
traveled with the Knights of Columbus to the Isle of LaMont
Shrine. His dream came true when he traveled a number of
times to Germany to meet relatives and genealogy was a
passion of his. He was also a member and past president of
NNY Transportation Club and member of Purchasing Management
Assoc. He very much enjoyed attending activities and
sporting events of his grandchildren.
Along with his wife, Mary, Bill is survived by his daughter,
Mary "Terry" Farmer and husband, John D., Clayton;
two grandchildren, Nicole M. and Joshua J. Farmer, Clayton;
four brothers, John and wife, Clara, Calcium, Robert and
wife, Patricia, Evans Mills, Albert and wife, Betty,
Richland, and Carl and wife, Lois, Watertown; four sisters,
Betty Reff, Watertown, Helen L. Amo, Calcium, Sr. Cecilia
Marie Hermann, SSJ, Watertown, and Sr. Mary Helen Hermann,
SSJ, Plattsburgh; and numerous nieces, nephews, and
He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Jean, who died in
infancy, five brothers-in-law, a niece and a nephew.
Donations in Bill's name may be made to Sisters of St.
Joseph, 1425 Washington St., Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Church, 320 W. Lynde St., or Sacred Heart Foundation, 668
Thompson St., all in Watertown, NY 13601.
Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown