Cheryl Ann (Powers) Herman

Cheryl Ann (Powers) Herman

June 9, 1948 – April 13, 2023

Cheryl Ann Powers was born in Grand Island, Nebraska and attend Grand Island Senior High. She married Bruce Herman on July 27, 1968, in Grand Island, Nebraska. She was a proud graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1970, and began her career as a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia.

Once Cheryl had her kids, she spent their first years at home making sure they had creative adventures, loved to learn, and became engaged in their communities. She later joined the Department of Labor where she worked for over 20 years before retiring in 2013.

Cheryl loved to travel and explore and was blessed to meet many fellow adventurers along her journey. She explored countless cities while traveling for work and even met some of her closest friends on those expeditions. Some of her favorite trips included her “winter times” in Isla Mujeres and Cozumel Mexico, and Palm Springs, California. She put her passport to use and loved her times in Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. One of her most fun trips was a multi-stop tour with her friends of the Northeastern United States including Niagara Falls, Boston, New York City, and Maine. Some of her most meaningful adventures came with her mother exploring places like Yellowstone, Washington D.C., and her family’s beloved Sandhills in Nebraska.

In addition to staying busy, Cheryl loved to read and shared that joy with her children and grandchildren. She spent much of her time taking care of her family, and coveted the time each year when the entire family had their special summers together.

Cheryl also had a wonderful cadre of friends who she loved dearly. She remembered their birthdays, family milestones, special dates, and ways to make them laugh.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Ann (Demaray) Powers, brother, Dean W. Powers, father, William D. Powers, and grandparents Elmer and Renna (Smithson) Demaray.

Cheryl is survived by her children, Anne E. Herman (Jeremy Vlcan) and Andrew A. Herman (Aura Paucar Herman); grandchildren: Natalia A. Herman, Cami D. Herman, and Aden I. A. Vlcan; family Ashley and Kate Baribeault – Vlcan, Pat & Bill Vlcan; dearest friends Chris, Jerry & Nancy E., Judy, Julie, Norm & Diana, Nancy C., and other loved ones.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Thursday, May 11th at 11am at Mahoney State Park at the Riverview Lodge. A special lunch and reception will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, League of Women Voters of Lancaster-Lincoln, or Nebraska Appleseed in her name. Memorials can also be sent to the family who will be making decisions on additional memorials in the future when they carry out her wishes.



  • Jillian Bateman Posted April 27, 2023 8:05 pm

    Anne- you share your beautiful mother’s smile. Sorry we won’t be able to attend the service- sending you and your family lots of love!

  • Sharon Van Dyke Posted May 1, 2023 4:38 pm

    Anne,Drew and familes- I am so sorry my thoughts and prayers are with all of you- Your mom and I used to walk every night in Grand Island and I used to love our walks- I talked with her shortly before she passed and she was going to let me know a time when I could come by and visit her in the yard at Annes’. You had a beautiful Amazing mother and I and I had a beautiful Amazing friend.

  • Julie Graves Posted May 1, 2023 5:50 pm

    May you feel the love she always spoke about her precious family every day and may it comfort you during this time of loss❤️

  • Shelley Bouwens Posted May 5, 2023 8:25 am

    My mom, Elsie Sailors, treasured their friendship. She spoke fondly of Cheryl and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Tom wagner Posted May 5, 2023 1:29 pm

    Sorry to hear. In our prayers. Lost contact with family

  • Joseph James Posted May 8, 2023 10:00 am

    Anne and family,

    I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was always very warm and welcoming to me. I’m praying for you all.


  • Jerry McCluskey Posted August 17, 2023 6:15 pm

    Very sorry to learn of Cheryl’s passing. She and Bruce were neighbors in Atlanta. Bruce and I were coworkers. They are both spec friends

  • Agustin Jimenez Posted September 5, 2023 5:40 pm

    Cheryl welcomed me in Nebraska when I joined the graduate program at UNL.. She was cheerful and always willing to listen. She and her family always made us feel part of theirs. What an amazing human being.!

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