Mary Horbowetz Herbert | July 20, 1924 - Sept. 20, 2013

Valpo mom overcame life's adversities

2013-10-15T00:05:00Z Valpo mom overcame life's adversitiesCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent
October 15, 2013 12:05 am  • 

Mary Herbert was devoted to doing whatever she could to take care of her family, said her daughter, Linda Herbert.

She lost her first husband to cancer when she was in her 30s, and was pregnant with her fourth child. For the next seven years, she raised her four boys alone, until she married her second husband, Ed Herbert, who had two boys of his own.

Herbert loved taking care of her blended family, Linda Herbert said, and even considered her her own daughter, even though the two weren’t related by blood.

“She wasn’t judgmental, and had an open heart,” Linda Herbert said. “I can count on one hand the number of times I heard her say something she didn’t like about someone. When someone did something she didn‘t like, she would say so and then move on.”

Mary Horbowetz Herbert, 89, of Valparaiso, died Sept. 20. She was involved in several community organizations, including Park Forest Women’s Golf Association and Inman’s Friday Golden Honey Bowling League. She had volunteered more than 2,000 hours with the Porter Memorial Hospital Guild.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Herbert. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Michael Horbowetz.

She enjoyed traveling, and for years the couple would take their camper to Las Vegas. She also golfed and bowled, and did so until she was in her early 80s.

“She didn’t consider herself old,” she said.

Herbert was a true 1950s housewife, and was devoted to providing for her husband’s every need.

“I admired her commitment to him, and how she truly enjoyed catering to every need he had,” she said.

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