Margaret E. Herman
Margaret E. Herman, 99, of Springfield passed away at 2:30 pm, Friday, July 27, 2018 at her home. She was born March 18, 1919 in Farmersville to Francis Matthew and Mary Ann (Murphy) Herman. Margaret graduated from St. Isadore Grade School and the Farmersville Community High School. She graduated from Illinois State Normal University (now Illinois State University) earning a Bachelor of Education Degree, majoring in the Social Sciences. Because of her academic standing she was elected to Phi Gamma Mu, the National Scholastic Social Science Society. After her graduation from college, she was employed at the St. Louis Social Security Commission in St. Louis.
During World War II, Margaret resigned her position with the Commission to serve with the American Red Cross in the following military hospitals: Fort Logan Hospital in Fort Logan, CO, a Neuropsychiatric Center for returning veterans; Glennon General Hospital in Okmulgee, OK, an Orthopedic Center; and a Separation Center in Jefferson Barracks, MO. She received a certificate of meritorious service signed by President Harry S. Truman, for her service with the American Red Cross. After her service with American Red Cross, Margaret accepted a position with the St. Louis Public Library working in the Extension Department. Later, after passing both the written and oral examinations with the Illinois Civil Service Commission she accepted a position with the Extension Department at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. During the summers, she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Library Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. During almost forty years of service with the library, Margaret held several positions, retiring as head of the Collection Development Unit.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women; Sangamon County Historical Society; World Affairs Council of Central Illinois; State Employees Retirement System; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; and Associate Member of the Dominican Order in Springfield.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Hazel Herman and Mary Frances Seelbach; two brothers, Lee and Joe Herman and brother-in-law, George A. Seelbach.
Margaret is survived by two nephews, Hugh (Pat) Seelbach of Springfield and Kurt (Brenda) Seelbach of Kirkwood, MO; one niece, Margaret Seelbach of The Villages, FL; two great nephews, Kyle (Laura) Seelbach and Eric Seelbach; three great nieces, Courtney (Ben) Hosto, Sheri (Matt) Stewart and Jill (Ryan) DeGeeter; four great great nephews, George Seelbach, John Seelbach, Jordan Stewart and Teddy Hosto; four great great nieces, Kate Seelbach, Elliott Hosto, Celina DeGeeter and Kayla Stewart.
Memorial Mass: 10:30 am, Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Reverend Wayne Stock officiating. Burial will be at St. Martin’s Cemetery in Farmersville at a later date.
Per Margaret’s wishes, her body was donated to science.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Breadline, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or the Springfield Public Library.