Harold Herlich


Harold Herlich

Date of Birth: September 3, 1923
Date of Death: October 25, 2010

Harold was very dedicated to Bay Cliff. He served on Bay Cliff’s Board of Directors for over 20 years.

MARQUETTE – Harold N. Herlich, age 87, of 1530 W. Ridge Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Monday, October 25, 2010, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.

Harold was born September 3, 1923, in Ishpeming, a son of Harold W. and Gwendolyn (Nelson) Herlich. A 1941 graduate of Graveraet High School, Marquette, Harold began his banking career as a messenger for First National Bank in 1942. He entered the Army Air Force the following year and served in North Africa, India, and China, as chief clerk in the Finance Administrative Office, 14th US Air Force Headquarters, Kunming, China. Honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to the bank as a teller in 1951. In 1955, he graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Banking. Following a 37 year career, he retired in 1989 having served as Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer, Director of MFC First National Bank, and Director of MFC Michigan Financial Corporation. Harold was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church where he served as past president and treasurer on the church council. Actively involved in the community, his civic and professional affiliations included serving as trustee and secretary of the Marquette General Hospital Board for over 25 years, director and treasurer of Bay Cliff Health Camp, trustee and secretary of the L. G. Kaufman Endowment Fund, past president and director of the Marquette Exchange Club, past president of the Marquette Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of Michigan Bankers Association Executive Trust Committee, past chairman of Michigan Bankers Association Group 1, past president of BAI, Lake Superior Chapter, past director and treasurer of the American Cancer Society of the Upper Peninsula, past director of the American Red Cross, former treasurer of Propylon, a member of the Marquette Golf and Country Club, Marquette Historical Society, Air Force Association, and the Marquette Community Foundation. Additionally, he served on the Northern Michigan University Development Fund Board of Trustees, and as Honorary Commander of the 410th Supply Squadron at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marie Windsand; his children, Susan Marie (Stephen) Nelson of Ishpeming, Kaye E. (Michael) Jarski of Manistique, and Harold W. (Terri) Herlich of Manito, IL; his grandchildren, Todd C. Brassard, Dane Nelson, Mark, Scott, and Greg Jarski, T J, Seth, Jessica, Carrie, and Elizabeth Herlich; and 19 great-grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his parents: a grandson, Brian Herlich; a brother, Glen Herlich; and his sister, Shirley Holmgren.

Friends may call at the Swanson Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at the Calvary Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 30, at 11:00 am with Rev. Joel Fleischer, pastor, officiating. Graveside services will be held at the Park Cemetery with Harold’s grandsons serving as escorts.

A reception for family and friends will be held in the church fellowship hall.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the doctors, staff, and caregivers of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans and Lake Superior Hospice for the many kindnesses extended to Harold and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvary Lutheran Church, 450 W. Ohio Street, Marquette, MI 49855, the Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855, or Lake Superior Hospice Association, 914 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Swanson Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswanson.com.

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