Elizabeth Jane Herman

Elizabeth Jane Herman

Elizabeth Jane Herman passed away Feb. 15, 2019, at her home in Mosier, Ore., surrounded by family.  Jane was born July 21, 1941. She was 77 years of age at the time of her death.  

Jane was born in Hood River, Ore., to Arnold and Lillian Mae (Lillard) Wheeler.   She grew up in Hood River but moved when her father served in WWII to live with family on a ranch at Baker City, Ore., and moved back after the war.  She graduated from Hood River High School in 1959.

On June 27, 1959, she married Donald L. Wonsyld, they moved to Germany for a couple of years while Don was serving in the U.S. Army.  They moved back to Hood River after his service.  Jane later married LeeRoy Herman on May 16, 1972, in Hood River, and they moved to Mosier in 1974 where they have resided since.

Jane enjoyed knitting, playing cards, her dinner groups, camping and being with family and friends.  In her younger years she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. L.R. Alexander and Dr. W.W. Crompton, then evolved to a bank teller, then office administration for Buntings Automotive.  

While in Mosier she was a volunteer with the fire department as a first responder and then later an EMT.  In 1990 she began her career with the City of The Dalles Fire Department which evolved to Wasco Rural Fire Protection then Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue she retired in October of 2012.  Jane worked in many capacities within fire and rescue from first responder, EMT and office administration.  Her retirement didn’t stop her involvement as she continued her volunteerism and in August of 2018 was the President of Volunteer Benevolence Fund.

Jane is survived, deeply missed and loved by her husband, LeeRoy Herman; daughter, Shelley M. Prentice (husband, Richard);  step-sons, Rick Herman and Tim Herman (wife, Renee); grandchildren, Emelia, Mariah, Clinton (Dariela), Rachel (Ryan), Tim, Nicole (Gideon), Jessica, Sam (Ben), and Ashely (Matthew); ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and other distant family as well as a host of friends she has collected over the years.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Scott Wonsyld; and step-son, Troy Herman.


A celebration of Jane’s life is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River.   

Entombment will follow at Idlewilde Mausoleum and then a potluck reception at the Mosier Grange 1000 4th Ave., Mosier.  

A time for friends to visit with family and a view is planned for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019, at Anderson's Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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