Alma M. HermansenIssue Date: November 29, 2018
Alma M. (Byrnes) Hermansen, 96, of Green Bay, passed away at home early Monday morning, Nov. 19, 2018, with her children by her side.
Born Feb. 26, 1922 in Springfield, Ill., to George T. and Alice (Walroth) Byrnes, she attended Epiphany Grade School in Menominee, Mi. and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in 1941. On July 22, 1944, she married Ralph F. Hermansen at Epiphany Catholic Church in Menominee and he preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 1982. They lived in St. Ignace, Menominee and Oconto Falls before settling in Green Bay in 1951.
An active member of St. Patrick Parish, she participated in St. Anne's Society and two Church choirs, was a Cub Scout Den mother and taught CCD in the early 1970's.
She enjoyed ice skating, swimming, singing, traveling and took courses in jewelry making, woodworking and furniture upholstery. She attended many musicals, plays and concerts, was a member of the Irish Club and proudly carried the Irish flag in city parades.
Along with a friend, she took an acting class and used what she learned to enhance her role as a French Fur Trader's wife at Heritage Hill State Park in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
She had a soft spot for animals, taking in many strays over the years and appreciated the staff of the Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon for the good care of her pets.
She is survived by six children, Anne (Max) Gricevich, Edwardsville, Ill., John Hermansen, Berlin, Germany and Michael, Thomas and Elizabeth Hermansen and Kathleen "Kathy" McAllister, all of Green Bay; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and many nieces; nephews; relatives and friends.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a brother, John E. Byrnes; a sister, Louise (Ray) Connolly and her in-laws, Carl and Marie Hermansen.
Friends called at Blaney Funeral Home in Green Bay on Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. Donations can be made in her memory to any children's charity, humane society or animal rescue of ones choice.
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