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Herbert Smerkins —Rochester
Aug 08, 2011, 4:00 pm
Herbert Smerkins, 90, formerly of Rochester, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.
Services were officiated by Rabbi Michelle Werner on Aug. 7, 2011, at noon in Rochester at the Oakwood Cemetery.
Lunch immediately followed the service at B’nai Israel Synagogue.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 20 years, Esther Golob Smerkins; parents, Herman and Rose; and
sister, Shirley. He is survived by stepchildren, Brian and wife Sandy Golob, Terry Golob, Lynn Phillips and Bart
Phillips; grandchildren, Mark, Freddie, Scott, Laura and Samantha; and cousins and many loving family friends.
Herb was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived many years in Chicago and in Rochester. Herb volunteered and joined
the Army Air Force and earned the rank of Captain. He served as a Pilot during WWII and flew the following
airplanes: B-26 Marauder, DC-3, P-47 Thunderbolt, F-38 Lightning and a P-51 Mustang. He flew many missions over
Europe. Herb graduated from Northwestern University at the top of his class with a degree in Business and became a
He was an intelligent, gentle, kind and considerate man who loved music, reading, sailing, photography, bicycling,
home improvement projects, gadgets and electronics. He was devoted to his wife and family.
Herb enriched all of our lives and will be missed, but never forgotten.
Memorials preferred to B’nai Israel Synagogue (Rochester).
Shiva will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at 3440 Holly Lane N., Plymouth, MN 55447.
Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home of Rochester is handling the arrangements.
Smerkins, 90, formerly of Rochester, died August 4, 2011. Services will be
officiated by Rabbi Michelle Werner on August 7 at noon in Rochester
Minnesota at the Oakwood Cemetery. Lunch will immediately follow the service at
B’nai Israel Synagogue.
Deceased Name: Herman S. Smerkins
Herman S. Smerkins of 7847 S. Paxton avenue, beloved husband of Rose; dear father of Herbert [Mary Ann] and the late Shirley; fond brother of Minnie Sternin and the late Maurice. Services Tuesday, 1 p.m., at Piser Memorial Chapel, 6935 Stoney Island avenue. Interment Westlawn. Please omit flowers. Member of South Side Hebrew Cong. and past president of Jackson Park lodge, B'Nal B'rith. Friends are asked to Pay their respects at time of services. DO 3-4920.
Deceased Name: Shirley Smerkins
Shirley Smerkins of 6116 Cottage Grove avenue, beloved daughter of Herman and Rose, dear sister of Aviation Cadet Herbert, U. S. A. Funeral Tuesday, 2 p.m., at chapel, 6935 Stony Island avenue. Interment Westlawn.
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