Marilyn Lora Zimmermann Herman died May 24 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 77.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 6, at Penn Valley Community Church. A reception will follow at the church. The Rev. David Hagey will officiate. Burial will take place at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. The family requests that no black clothing be worn. Marilyn loved color.

Mrs. Herman was born July 16, 1930, in Litchfield, Ill., to Harold O. Zimmermann and Mable L. Neathammer. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University. She married Dr. James A. Herman on Aug. 9, 1953, in Litchfield, Ill.

Mrs. Herman retired after 30 years of teaching high school at various places throughout California, the last being Del Campo in Carmichael. She was a member of W-PAC and attended Bible study. She was an avid Kings fan and enjoyed sewing, all needlework, and her family.

Mrs. Herman is survived by her daughter, Karin L. Najera; son-in-law, Ivan D. Najera; granddaughters Erika L. Najera – Segovia and her husband Jorge David Segovia, and Adriana R. Najera – Toscano and her husband Santiago Toscano, and great-granddaughter, Kiara Mia Najera-Toscano.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold O. Zimmermann and Mable L. Neathammer; husband, Dr. James A. Herman, and son, Lanee James Herman.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

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