The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Obituaries

March 19, 2012

John M. Hermick

ASHTABULA — John M. “Coach” “Herm” Hermick, age 74, of Ashtabula, died at home surrounded by his family after a courageous eight year battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 17, 1937, in Rochester, Pa., he was the son of John and Natalie (Cuifo) Hermick.

Loving husband, father, grandfather, football coach and good friend.

“Coach” or “Herm” to his wife and friends had completed 43 seasons as a varsity football coach in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. Most recently he was a coach for Edgewood High School in Ashtabula, Ohio. Herm graduated from Rochester High School in 1956 and with a group of good friends celebrated the 55th year reunion on Oct. 2011.

He attended Elon College in North Carolina on a football scholarship and finished his college education at Youngstown State University where he received a master’s degree in education. He retired from Western Beaver School  District in 1992 where he was an elementary teacher at Snyder School. His great joy was seeing the many people over the years whose lives he had touched through teaching or coaching. He never went anywhere that he did not find someone he knew and found something to talk about. He also worked as a part time custodial staff at Saint John and Paul Elementary building.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Norma Jean Hermick of Ashtabula; brother, Edward (Ethel) Hermick; sons, John M. Hermick of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio and Michael Hermick of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Kristen Hermick of Center Township, Pa.; step-children, Lisa (Ray) Kraus of Erie, Pa., Terri (Mark) Orlando of Ashtabula, Ohio and Greg (Diane) Myers of Industry, Pa.; grandchildren, Leo Orlando, Lauren Kraus, Sarah Orlando, Alex Orlando, Megan Kraus, Joseph Hermick, Grace Hermick, Rylie Myers and Emalie Myers; uncle, Tony Cuifo; sister-in-law, Nancy (Bob) Drogus of Chippewa Township, Pa.; nephews, Ed (Ronda) Hermick of Rochester, Pa. and Eric (Mary Ann) Hermick of New Galilee, Pa.; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and loving daughter, Melissa.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 21st, in Our Lady of Peace Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2100 E. 21st. St., Ashtabula, Ohio.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday evening in Ashtabula, at GUERRIERO FUNERAL HOME, 1550 W. 19th St., Ashtabula.

Visitation in Rochester, Pa. will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 349 Adams St., Rochester, Pa., with burial to follow in St. Cecelia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Buckeye Local School Dist. Athletic Boosters, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Rochester High School Athletic Boosters or Our Lady of Peace Parish.


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