Virginia A. Hermes, Age: 83
Feb 18, 1936 -- Oct 20, 2019

Virginia Ann Hermes, age 83, of Overland Park, Kansas, died October 20, 2019, at the home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, October 25, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 21650 W. 115th Terrace, Olathe, Kansas, and a private burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, Kansas.  Friends may call from 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul Church where the Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. 

 

Virginia was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 18, 1936, to Hazel Vivian (Meek) Ward and John Calhoun Ward II.  She attended schools in Colorado, South Dakota, Kansas and Kentucky.  She graduated from Lamar Union High School in Lamar, Colorado.  She had an avid love of literature and art history and earned credit hours from several institutes of higher learning. 

 

Virginia had been an active school and church volunteer, especially any activity involving her children.  She was a preschool teacher at Asbury Methodist Day School in Prairie Village, Kansas for nine years, and she was a sales clerk at Macy’s Department Store, Oak Park Mall, for five years.  She was employed by Johnson County Government (Park and Recreation District and Library) for 24+ years until her retirement on July 31, 2007, at age 71. 

 

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John V. Hermes, in February 2010.  He was afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease for six years, and with the loving assistance of her children, Virginia was able to care for him at home until his death.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, John C. Ward III, and several nephews.  She is survived by her six children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

 

Children:

Victoria H. Rindt (Daryl), Garden City, Kansas

Lynda H. Heimbach (Jeffery), Olathe, Kansas

Janet H. Day, Olathe, Kansas

Rev. Michael P. Hermes, Olathe, Kansas

Thomas S. Hermes, Frisco, Texas

Douglas J. Hermes, Liberty, Missouri

 

Grandchildren:

Erica Musgrove (Clint), Kyle Rindt, Alexa Smith (Drew), Suzanne Heimbach, Laura Flowers, Rachel LaFreniere (Philip), Riley Day, Diane Hermes and Matthew Hermes 

 

Great-grandchildren:

Ella Ann Musgrove, James Clayton Musgrove, Nora Evelyn Musgrove, Anna Jo Musgrove, Nolan Victor Smith, Ion Hunter Flowers, Lexx Rose Flowers and Cecilia Marie LaFreniere

 

She is also survived by sisters, Helen Lucero (James), Tularosa, New Mexico, and Carole Godinez (Red Starkey), Amarillo, Texas, and brother, Bert D. Ward (Laura) Rolleston, New Zealand.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Victor and Virginia Hermes Endowment Fund at Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, Kansas or Catholic Community Hospice. 

 

The family is grateful for the care of Dr. Jeremy Cravens, Dr. Stuart Hinton and the staff from Catholic Community Hospice.

 

“We are often judged by our greatest achievements.  My children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are mine.”

 



Condolences

Sue Oct 23 ,2019

Janet Day's friend ,Denver ,Colorado

What a privilege and an honor to know Virginia Hermes over the years! She was a delight- she was always excited to see us and talk with us. She had a profound love of family and a great faith. I so admired the way she cared lovingly for John. She will be missed and remembered by so many.

Roslyn Billquist Oct 23 ,2019

Father Michael and siblings, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I did not know her but judging from the persona of Father Michael, she was an amazing person. My sincere condolences and prayers are for all of you. Roslyn Billquist

Diane Hamakawa (Dwyer) Oct 23 ,2019

Family friend ,Wilbraham ,Massachusetts

I will always remember Virginia with loving warmth. She was such a part of my formative years, and was a shining example to all those she came in contact with. Virginia showed us what it was to be a loving wife and mother, and caring member of her community. I am blessed to have known her.

Donna Lauffer Oct 23 ,2019

Work colleague ,Overland Park ,Kansas

So sorry to hear of Virginia’s passing. She was a special lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you, her best accomplishments

carole Godinez Oct 23 ,2019

sister ,Amarillo ,Texas

My sister Virginia was a gentle woman of God.I admired her dearly and will miss her greatly.May the Peace of our Lord be with her family.

Martha P Childers Oct 23 ,2019

Colleague ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Virginia and I were colleagues at Johnson county library for 10 years. Her kindness and calm manner were a constant inspiration to me. Please except my sincere condolences.

Eric E Gonzalez Oct 23 ,2019

Parishioner ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Fr. Michael, my sincere condolences to you and your family. May God continue to Bless You for your warm kindness as a priest.

Maria Oct 24 ,2019

Bishop Ward Family ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Fr. Michael & Family May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time . Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Rangel Family, Alfred, Sr., Maria, Alfred, Jr. '11 Christina '13 Michael '16 Gabriel '16

Edys Cacy Oct 24 ,2019

former library colleague ,PRAIRIE VILLAGE ,Kansas

I was saddened to read of Virginia's passing. She was a valued employee of the library and a friend to many. She will be missed.

Ervin & Cheryl Wright Oct 24 ,2019

St. Paul Parish ,Olathe ,Kansas

Our sincere sympathy for your loss. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you during this difficult time. God Bless, Ervin & Cheryl Wright

Mark and Trisha Kirkbride Oct 25 ,2019

What a beautiful life lived! We are blessed to have Fr. Michael and Janet as part of our church family. Lifting up prayers for the entire family.

Jody Clark Ong Oct 27 ,2019

Family friend. ,Overland Park ,Kansas

To the Hermès Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. What a great person and neighbor she was. I m so sorry I missed the funeral. Just found out about it today. We prayed for her at Ascension this morning. I ran into your mom about a year ago and she was just as friendly and kind as always. Thoughts and prayers with your wonderful family. Hugs to you Vicki. Love Jody Clark Ong

Dwane Wills, Overland Park, KS Oct 27 ,2019

Library Co-worker ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Condolences to the families of Virginia on her passing. She was my supervisor who hired me in 1990 as a library courier.. All of us at the library was very concerned for her when John fell ill and was out of the country traveling with his son.

Terri Williams Bostic Oct 29 ,2019

friend ,Gardner ,Kansas

Oh Mike and Janet, I am so sorry for your family's loss. It was a pleasure to work with Virginia for a short period at the library. She was such a knowledgeable librarian. I really admired her.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
St. Paul Catholic Church
Address:
21650 W. 115th Terr.
City:
Olathe
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66061
Date:
Oct 25 ,2019
Time:
10:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
St. Paul Catholic Church
Address:
21650 W. 115th Terr.
City:
Olathe
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66061
Date:
Oct 25 ,2019
Time:
11:30 AM
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