Mr. William B. Herne passed away peacefully at sunrise on Saturday, June 18, 2011, in the arms of his beloved wife, Gisela.
Bill was born on January 14, 1928, in Akwesasne, the son of the late Moses and Catherine Tarbell Herne. He graduated from Bombay High School in 1946. After graduation, Bill entered the US Army, where he served in Germany, France, and Japan. While in Germany, he met his wife, Gisela Adolff. They married in September 1958 in Hogansburg with Justice White officiating.
Bill worked in Chicago for 25 years, returning to the Reservation in 1985. After returning, he worked for the Bingo Palace and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Office of the Aging, before retiring and taking on the job of driver for the “Fogey Mobile.” He was a member of the Andrew W. Cook American Legion Post #1479 and St. Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens. He enjoyed playing cards, taking scenic tours, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his adoring wife, Gisela; his beloved children, Andreas of Akwesasne, William (Jaclyn) of Buffalo, and Dawna (Victor) Page of West Chicago; his goddaughter, Deborah Adam (David) Davies; six grandchildren, Christi Jean Cross; Robert “Zeke” Herne; Soli, Zac, and Aiden Page; and Julia Herne; seven great-grandchildren; his brothers and sister, Paul Herne and family, Vernie and Toni Herne and family, and Martha and Kenneth Terrance and family; and many in-laws, nephews, and nieces, Erna Werner and family, Helga and Frank Adam and family, Inge and Karlheinz Fehlberg and family, Heiner Adolff and family, and Detlef Adolff and family.
Bill was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Beulah Wakolee, Catherine Herne, and Jean Ryder; and three brothers, Johnnie, Julius “Speed,” and Arthur Herne.
At Bill’s request, his body was donated as a gift for the advancement of medical education and research. A prayer service will be held at the home of Vernie and Toni Herne, 8 Firewalk Lane, Akwesasne, each evening at 7:00 p.m. through Tuesday, June 28, 2011.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the St. Regis Mohawk Senior Citizens, American Cancer Society, or the Andrew W. Cook American Legion post #1479.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, where condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.