of Chelsea, MI. age 87, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at her son's home. She was born March 9, 1930 at her parents’ home on Jerusalem Road, the daughter of Rudolph & Euna A. (Fiegel) Zahn.

Mrs. Herrst  was a lifetime resident of the Chelsea/Ann Arbor area.  She attended St. Thomas Lutheran Church for many years and was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Chelsea.  Mrs. Herrst was a member of the Chelsea High School class of 1948.  She worked at the United Methodist Retirement Home, then Mercywood, and finally retired from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after 18 years.  Elizabeth also worked on the farm most of her life.  She made many cakes (including wedding cakes for her children & grandchildren), volunteered 100s of hours for Chelsea Community Hospital, and donated her time and over 100 gallons of blood to the Red Cross.

   On February 19, 1949, she married Bernard R. Herrst, Sr., and he preceded her in death on June 27, 1993. Survivors include 4 sons and daughters-in-law, B. Ronald and Kathy,  Robert Donald and Sandi, Kenneth John and Annette, all of Chelsea and Erwin Alan and Deb of Manchester; 1 daughter, Susan Marie Cervera of Chelsea;  2 sisters, Delores Houk, Arlene March; 2 brothers, Paul and Raymond Zahn; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; several cousins and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Elizabeth Emma Herrst and Rose Ann Daniels; a grandson, Scott Koscielniak; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Dorothy Egeler, and a brother, Rudolph Zahn.

   Funeral services will be held Friday, September 15, 3:00 pm  at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Chelsea, with Pastor Dale Grimm officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Thomas Lutheran Cemetery, Ann Arbor. The family will receive friends Thursday,  2-4 & 6-8 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family or Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1514 S. Main, Chelsea, MI  48118.

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#5 Linda Van Riper Whit 2017-09-15 11:13
To all of you. Your Mom, Grandma was such an inspiration to us all. Us Van Riper's grew up with all of the Herrst family as farmers we worked hard as kids but we sure knew how to have fun also. We have special memories to always hold onto.
#4 Mary Kyser 2017-09-14 00:22
Our Deepest Sympathies go out to All the Family! We have many fond, warm Memories of Betty, and her Husband! Most Sincerely, Floyd and Mary Kyser
#3 Erwin Herrst II 2017-09-13 18:28
Your spirit will be with me every day . You we a blessing to all of us you touched. I'll miss you so much. Xoxox your Grandson.
#2 Brenda Bristle-Warma 2017-09-11 15:40
So sorry for your loss. Sending my love, strength and prayers.
#1 Vickie Crupper 2017-09-11 15:05
My sympathies to the family. Betty was an amazing person and I know she will be deeply missed.

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