McCOOK, Nebraska -- Melba E. Herrmann, 90, died Sunday (July 4, 2010) at Bryan LGH Hospital East in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She was born April 23, 1920, to Laverne and Madora (Berquist) Westfall in Atlanta, Nebraska. Melba grew up in Atlanta where she graduated from Atlanta High School in 1938.
On July 22, 1944, Melba married John Jack Herrmann at Atlanta, Nebraska. They came to McCook in 1948 where Jack was employed for 18 years with Highway Motor Freight and 18 years with the Whitaker Furniture Store.
Melba was head librarian at the Carnegie Library from 1963 to 1968 when she became the head librarian at the newly constructed McCook Public Library; she retired in 1990. She continued her dedication through the McCook Library Foundation. Melba was preceded in death by one son, Kevin James Herrmann on Oct. 3, 1986 and by her husband, Jack Herrmann on April 10, 2001; and one brother, Laverne Westfall Jr.
Melba is survived by one son, Michael Herrmann and his wife, Mary Lea (Crocker) of Clawson, Michigan; two granddaughters, Marsha Champion and husband, James, Melissa Fahning and husband Brian; grandsons, Travis Herrmann and Christopher Herrmann and wife, Julie; great-grandchildren, Aldan Champion, Morgan and Hannah Fahning; daughter-in-law, Linda Herrmann of Killeen, Texas; and relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook with Rev. Lance Clay officiating. A private family interment will be at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her name to Memorial United Methodist Church or the McCook Public Library to be used for the purchase of books. Visitation will be Thursday at Herrmann Funeral Home and the family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.