Herbage, Lois M., Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away early Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Cartwright Care Center at the age of 93 years. She was born March 13, 1917 in Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter of the late John H. and Elizabeth M. (Kremer) Herbage. Receiving an AAUW scholarship, she attended and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, was a physical education and science teacher at Carey (Ohio) High School and a physical education teacher at Saginaw High School, serving also on the school policy committee. She had also been employed as a methods and motion time analyst in the Methods Engineering Department at Saginaw Malleable Iron Foundry (Central Foundry and later Delphi Chassis Systems), and was an office manager at the Francis Engineering Company. She retired in 1984 as General Associate Executive of the United Way of Saginaw County. While at MSU in 1938, Lois received the highest athletic award given to women athletes. She was active in city amateur softball and tennis activities, women’s novice champion and mixed doubles champion in the 1950’s. Lois traveled to 21 foreign countries and volunteered for local community projects. She served on the YWCA Board of Directors, was a charter member and served as President in 1960-62 of the Saginaw Bay Midland Chapter, American Society of Women Accountants. She served as the Coordinator of the Audra Francis Recognition Day Activities, sponsored by the United Way, the City and County of Saginaw, and Saginaw Community Hospital (now HealthSource). Other memberships, past or present, include Zonta Club of Saginaw (Zonta International) since 1947, having served on local, district and international committees; Social Service Club of Saginaw; St. John Lutheran Church (ELCA) and its committees for scholarship grants, Vision (Stewardship and Finance), usher, greeter, 150th anniversary, Eucharist Minister program, assisting minister, communion assistant, Ezekiel Project core member; MSU Alumni Association, life-member; life-member of the National Retired Teachers Association (AARP); Friends of the Public Libraries; Saginaw County Historical Museum; Valley Society of Personnel Administrators; United Way Leadership Circle; Association for Retarded Citizens (now SVRC-SAID); League of Women Voters. She also volunteered for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistant) program from 1985 to 2000, and for St. Francis Home since 1984, having been selected for the “Flame of Freedom” Golden Rule award by the J. C. Penney Company for exceptional volunteer service, resulting in a $1,000.00 grant to St. Francis Home, which had nominated her. She received the St. Francis Home 10,000 hours volunteer service bar. In 2007, Zonta International and District 15 of Zonta awarded her certificates of merit for 60 years of membership and service. She was honored by her local Zonta Club with a contribution to the Zonta International “Young Women in Public Affairs” Fund in recognition of her service to Zonta. In 2004, her local Zonta Club had renamed its fund to “The Lois Herbage Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship.” In 1987, she was named The Saginaw Zonta’s Woman of the Year. As of August 30, 2004, Lois had attended 26 Zonta International Conventions. In 2007, she received the “Women of Distinction” Mitten Bay Girl Scouts award. Also, the Saginaw League of Women Voters granted her “Honorary Life Membership” status, in recognition of 53 years membership. In 2008, she received from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm the “Governor George Romney Life Time Volunteerism Award,” the most prestigious of the Governor of Michigan awards. She received many other honors for service to organizations and the Saginaw Community. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, John K. Herbage, on October 4, 2002. Surviving are extended cousins in Rochester, New York, as well as many special friends and individuals, including Rev. Paulette Cummings, Marilyn (Walter) Norman, Donna J. Cappell-Smith, Donna Lee Francis, Jean (Richard) Rohde, Jean Grey, Betty Nagle-Crimmins, Rev. Douglas (Jean) Kahl, Shirley Iler, Elaine Rosin, Marie Wells, Shirley Schleimer, Joseph (Karen) York, George Brinkman, Joyce and Kayla Lent, Sr. Jane Marie Lebiedzinski, Jean Kenel, Joan Brownell, Jesse (Barbara) Ontiveros, Margaret McCluskey, Dantar (Katherien) Oosterwal, Judge Kyle Higgs-Tarrant, Yoko (Eugene) Mossner, Deborah Sanchez (Dean Taylor), Dean (Colleen) Kinsella, Faye Vincent, Thelma Bishop, Louise (Alan) Perrin, Thelma Lentner, Carole Calvert-Baxter, Lucile Potvin, Charles (Mary Ella) Dunn, Barbara (George) Gilchrist, Hazel (Wendell) Hiester, Bev (Jim) Cawley, Betty Hansen, Delores (Charles) Edwards, Lorene Osborne, Maureen (Brian) Miles, of England, Shroff, Mera P., of India, Johanna Henkel and Inga Wurster, both of Germany, Barbara (James) Chernow, Viola Tormey, Carol (John) Lauffer, Herb (Pat) Volz, Jr., Lois J. Ulrich, Betty Perry, Joan Trinklein, Mary (Cliff) Gregory, Shirley (Kenneth) Wenzel, William (Pat) Clynes, Walt (Delores) Noble, the staff, activities staff, and residents at St. Francis Home, Sherrill Smith, Richard (Barbara) Shaler, Harvey (Nancy) Shaler, and Carol (Ervin) Sparapani. Memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2010, at St. John Lutheran Church, Second and Federal streets, where friends may call from 10:00 a.m. Friday until the time of service. The Rev. Paulette Cummings will officiate. Cremation has taken place with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, United Way of Saginaw County Endowment Fund, Zonta Club of Saginaw Lois Herbage Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship Fund, St. Francis Home Residents’ Activities Fund, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by W. L. Case & Company Funeral Directors. www.casefuneralhome.com