Lucille Herman, nee Weinberg born on Sept. 30, 1916 in New York City proved throughout her life to be a model of a woman of worth who enjoyed a long, fruitful life. Married to the late, Carl Herman for 49 happy years, she was the proud mother of two children, Mark and the late Barbara Herman, and equally proud grandmother to Shem, 30 years of age and her only grandchild. Lucille adored him and his wife, Clari. Before her death, Lucille learned of the blessed news of soon reaching the status of great-grandmother as a result of Shem’s awaited offspring. Naturally, the news delighted Lucille, and since Shem was among those to see Lucille just before her death, one of her last words to him was : “I hope you have a girl.” Surely we will all be awaiting the birth with great anticipation.
In reflecting on Lucille’s life, the Book of Proverbs comes to mind as it relates to the attributes of King Solomon’s notion of a virtuous woman.
Listen to some of the qualities the virtuous woman posesess and I am sure you will form an image of Lucille in your hearts and minds.
She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy
Lucille throughout her life was involved in many charitable endeavors and volunteer work. As a volunteer for Meals on Wheels she delivered meals to the elderly and also cared lovingly to many of her clients in the program. She was an active member of the Ft. Tryon Jewish Center for over 50 years and generously gave of her resources.
King Solomon affirms that the virtuous woman is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs at the days to come. She does so because she is confident the Almighty will provide and walk with her. Lucille’s emotional reserves of strength and her faith in God motivated her to move forward even during difficult and trying times. The dignity she demonstrated after the deaths of Carl, her husband and the untimely death of her beloved daughter Barbara was truly inspiring and daunting.
King Solomon further points out the virtuous woman is smart and resourceful: She opens her mouth in wisdom and her tongue in kindly counsel. Lucille was a mastermind at solving all kinds of problems. Her ability was challenged as a NYC property owner where she faced many tough battles in tenant/landlord court, but always prevailed due not only to her extensive knowledge of housing law, but her persuasiveness and business acumen.
Finally, King Solomon affirms:
Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.
We are all blessed that Lucille graced our lives with her presence and shared her wisdom, love, and generosity with us. In many ways, Lucille taught us to be unselfish as we witnessed how she placed the needs of others before her own. She provided for her children’s education and well-being and became a second mother to her grandchild, Shem while his parents went to work and finished their educations. In closing, I believe she was aptly named Lucille by her parents, Annette and Louis Weinberg. Lucille is a derivative of the French for light, a light which continues to burn in our hearts. Solomon noted that the virtuous woman’s lamp remains lit even at night, he affirms in Proverbs:
At night her lamp is undimmed
Yes, her lamp was always undimmed as she worked tirelessly for the benefit of others. So let us cherish Lucille’s memory today and always as we recall the words of Solomon:
Lucille, a woman of worth, you have excelled them all.