John Frederick Herber, Sr.
Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church passed away on Friday, February 25, 2022
John was born on March 27, 1933 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to the late Gerard and Bertha Herber. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Helen (nee Didier) Herber. He was a devoted father to Jerry (Susan) Herber, John Jr. (Debra) Herber, Joe (Carol) Herber, and Carrie (Tim) Genovese. He was also a loving grandfather to 11 grandchildren. Dave (Emily) Herber, Greg (Katie) Herber, Anna Herber, and Kevin Herber; Michael (Nicole) Herber, Kristen Herber, and Patrick Herber; Mary Pat Herber, Thomas Herber, and Matthew Herber; and Peter Genovese. He was also blessed with 5 great grandchildren.
John was a 1955 graduate and life-long fan of the University of Notre Dame. He continued on to earn his PhD. in organic chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He made his career at Monsanto as a research chemist specializing in functional fluids and his name is on a number of patents.
John was a family man of deep Catholic faith. He was a 4th degree Knight and a member of the White House League, where he attended over 40 annual retreats.
His favorite thing in the world was to spend time with his family and friends. Especially at the lake house originally built by his father on Sylvan Lake in Rome City, Indiana. It is impossible to condense the man that he was into just a few words but it is safe to say that he taught his family by example how to be a good husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to thank Leah, the home healthcare nurse, and the staff at St. Agnes for the wonderful care that they provided him over the last several months.
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Kathy (Herber) Clemmer saysMarch 6, 2022 at 8:38 pm
Dear Helen and Herber “kids,”
We met back in the 1970s when we moved to Richmond Heights and we took up our distant-cousin relationship. (To recap, I am the oldest daughter of Mary Frances and Norbert Herber.) Now, I am back in Fort Wayne and saw John’s obituary in the newspaper here.
You all were so hospitable and welcoming to my (then) little family, and I will always be grateful for your kindness. John had a very full life and, I hope, a very happy and fulfilling one. He leaves an extremely large hole in your lives and hearts. Such is the “price” of grief when we lose a special loved one.
I pray for John and for all of you as you continue his legacy of living and loving.
Wishing all of you peace.
Mike Abramovitz saysMarch 2, 2022 at 10:47 pm
I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. May his memory be a blessing.
Sharon M Dougherty saysMarch 2, 2022 at 3:47 pm
Helen, our dear mutual friend, Jadja, told me about your loss and asked that I tell you how very, very sorry she is. Life is difficult for her right now, as you can imagine.
Jim King saysMarch 2, 2022 at 3:39 pm
John was my neighbor in Fort Wayne. I lived on Maple Grove and Indiana. He lived on Maple Grove and Tacoma. I remember John as very nice, caring, and compassionate individual. My sympathies to your family.
James Hogan saysMarch 2, 2022 at 3:24 pm
Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Memories of John at Sylvan Lake and Saturday evening Mass @ St Gaspers. His parents and family were friends of the many Hogans of years ago, God bless him and his family.