Rebecca Kulik Herman died peacefully at her home on December 24, 2012. Rebecca lived a life of boundless devotion to her family, friends, and her faith. Born in Philadelphia, she was one of six siblings in a close-knit family. After graduating from high school, she moved to Washington D.C., where she lived with her cousins, and worked as a secretary. Her stay in D.C. was cut short when her father died suddenly, and she immediately returned to Philadelphia to be with her mother. There she continued to work, and also volunteered with the U.S.O., dancing with servicemen and organizing events.
When Rebecca first met her future husband Al on a blind date, she thought that he was “good-looking” and “very kind.” They soon realized that they wanted to spend their lives together, and married on November 4, 1951. They remained happily married until Al's death in January 2011.
Ever since she was a child, Rebecca embraced Judaism and its rituals. She joyfully celebrated all the Jewish holidays and traditions. She was a life-long member of Hadassah and, for decades, she served as Secretary of the Pennypack Park chapter. She also was a dedicated and active member of her synagogue’s Sisterhood.
All her life, Rebecca created and maintained wonderful friendships. When her children grew older, she returned to work. For years, she organized bus trips for her co-workers and friends to see Broadway musicals. She adored musical theater, and was known to sing along during the performances. She was an independent, outgoing, and kind person, who deeply appreciated the smallest kindness as if it were a great gift.
Rebecca generously gave of her time, energy, and love to her family, including her husband, Al, daughter Sandi and son-in-law Don, son Rick and daughter-in-law Hope, and her grandchildren, Marc, Brooke and Ryan. As the years went by, she faced many physical and emotional challenges, but rarely complained and was always optimistic about living each day.
She enjoyed playing a competitive game of cards with family members, and also watching Dancing with the Stars, and anything with Regis Philbin or David Letterman.
Rebecca was a beautiful person, inside and out. She had a lovely smile, and loved to laugh. Her light shined brightly on all who knew her, and she will be dearly missed.