Katharine Harriet Herber

unknown - September 9, 2011

Miss Katharine Harriet Herber, 95, of Delmar, a devoted teacher and world traveler, passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2011 at her home on Cherry Avenue.


Born July 8, 1916 in Feura Bush, N.Y., she was the only child of the late William and Harriet Herber.


She attended Ravena schools, graduating in 1934. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the State College for Teachers in Albany in 1938, and a master’s in Spanish from Middlebury (Vt.) College in 1946. She earned a master’s in library science from the State College for Teachers in 1956.


She taught French, Spanish and Latin at schools in Sauquoit (Oneida County) and South New Berlin (Chenango County). In the last 20 years of her career, she served as a librarian at Ravena Central School, retiring in 1973.


Through most of her retirement, she divided the year between her home in Ravena and Sanford, Fla., where she lived with Robert Sherman, her cousin, and his wife, Kaye. She moved to Delmar in 2002.


She was a lifelong member of the Jerusalem Reformed Church in Feura Bush. Recently, she had been a member of the Delmar Presbyterian Church. She was a charter member of the Markham Woods Presbyterian Church in Lake Mary, Fla.


A natural teacher, she shared her gift with hundreds of pupils, friends and relatives. A voracious reader, she always had a book to share or recommend. An engaging conversationalist through her final days, her life of learning made her a valued resource for family and friends. She readily answered questions on a wide range of topics including geography, language, history, ancient civilizations, art, mythology, genealogy and religion.


Her insatiable wanderlust and curiosity propelled her world travels. She was among the first Americans to walk on the Great Wall of China after the U.S. normalized relations there. She traveled by camel on a tenting trip in the desert of North Africa. Her stops also included Iceland, England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Soviet Union, Hong Kong and Japan.


She carried herself with the dignity and grace one might expect of a school teacher. But she had a quick wit and a keen appreciation for the humor of life’s vagaries. She loved visits from friends and family and often followed each by sending an elegant hand-written note.


Katharine leaves an extended family and many friends including her cousins, Dr. Clifford H. Casey of Voorheesville, Arthur F. Casey of Niskayuna, and Ruth Sherman Trombley of Malone, and their families; and her friend, Eunice Jones.


A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Jerusalem Reformed Church, 1433 Indian Fields Rd. (Rte. 32), Feura Bush, N.Y.


Katharine has donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College.Memorial contributions may be made to the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Albany Branch Office, Albany, N.Y. 12205) or the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (301 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12206).