Lucille Herscher, 82, of Heritage Woods, Watseka, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gilman, died at 8:17 p.m. Thursday (March 1, 2012). Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m., at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilman, with the Rev. Michael Pennock officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Gilman. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Nina Lucille was born Jan. 8, 1930, southwest of Chatsworth, on the Franey Farm, the daughter of Van and Elva (Strode) Copas. She attended the Hubly School near Chatsworth and the Hitchcock School, southwest of Crescent City. Lucille attended one year of high school in Crescent City and graduated in 1947 from Gilman High School. Lucille was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Council of Catholic Women, serving as president for two terms. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of Ashkum. She enjoyed baking, doing crafts, playing cards and spending time with her family. Upon their retiring from K&H Truck Plaza, Lucille and Raymond lived at Whispering Palms, Phoenix, Ariz., for 26 years. While in Arizona, she was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
Surviving are her loving husband, Charles Raymond Herscher, whom she married May 1, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilman; eight children, including her five daughters, Catherine (Richard) Sikora, of Bloomington, Mary Herscher (William Seman), of New Bern, N.C., Debra Herscher (Scott Ellis), of Bryson City, N.C., Margaret (James) Seedorf, of Reeds, Mo., and Christine (Raymond) Krones, of Gilman; and three sons, Dennis (Debra) Herscher, of Gilman, Robert (Linda) Herscher, of Birchwood, Wis., and John (Leigh) Herscher, of Gilman. Lucille was a loving grandmother to 30 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Karl Copas, of Newport Beach, Calif., and Harold (Margaret) Copas, of Crescent City.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; one great-grandchild, Ethan; and two brothers, Eugene and Paul.
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