Mae Mardelle Hertz (Marty), 94, of Kankakee, passed away Thursday (Nov. 10, 2016) at Presence Heritage Village, Kankakee, where she had been a residence for the past five months.
Mrs. Hertz was born April 3, 1922, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Elmer and Flora Perkins Gray. She married Charles B. Hertz on Dec 28, 1941. He preceded her in death. They were married for 53 years. She was a homemaker most of her life, but worked at and retired from General Foods after her children were gone from the home. During World War II, she worked at Kroehlers and the Bear Brand in the Kankakee area. Marty enjoyed water coloring, working word games and latch-hooking for many years. She was a deaconess and served on the women's committee for weddings and funerals at Central Christian Church. Surviving children include sons, Jed (Sarah Campbell) Hertz, of Kankakee, and Paul Hertz, of Champaign; two daughters, Pam (Michael) Smith, of Marshfield, Wis., and Mary (Gassman) Christiansen, of Bourbonnais; grandchildren, David (Jennifer) Smith, of Marshfield, Wis., Holly (Greg) Perez, of Sharpsburg, Ga., Brent (Nicole) Gassman, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Emily (Steven) DeGrush, of Arvada, Colo., and Laura (Tom) Olson, of Peoria. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Emmett Gray; and two sisters, Genevieve DiCarlo and Katheleen Understahl; and her husband's brother and sisters. A memorial service will be at a future date. The family would like to thank Hospice of Kankakee Valley and the friendly and caring staff of Presence Heritage Village for their compassionate care.