Herman C. Streitburger

  • Born: June 24, 1919
  • Died: May 29, 2020
  • Location: Bedford, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family


Herman C. "Herk" Streitburger, of Bedford, NH, passed away peacefully from natural causes on May 29, 2020, at Mount Carmel Rehabilitation in Manchester, NH.

Almost 101 years old, he was born in Philadelphia, PA, on June 24, 1919, to Balbina and Herman A. Streitburger.

Herk was a U.S. Army Air Corps World War II veteran and served as a radio operator and gunner on a B24 Liberator Bomber. He was shot down on his 50th and final mission in Europe and spent a year in a German prison camp. Daringly, he was able to escape and return to Allied hands.

After returning from the War, he attended St. John's University in Brooklyn, NY through the GI bill. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Jackie, on a blind date. Herk and Jackie raised four children on Long Island while he worked in Manhattan for Rheingold Brewery for 20 years. He and his family moved in 1967 to Bedford, where he expanded his marketing career at Silver Brothers. After retiring, he joined SCORE and was a mentor to small and new businesses for over 25 years.

Herk was an inspirational speaker at local schools and media outlets, talking about his POW experience and life lessons until he was 99. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion NH and the NH Ex-POW Chapter #1, Northeast POW/MIA Network, and joined the board of the Honor Flight New England after participating on the 2010 inaugural flight. Among many other honors, he was presented with the Boston Post Cane as Bedford's oldest resident in 2018.

Herk was known for his positive attitude and optimism about life. He had many admirable qualities including a great sense of humor, strong religious faith and a caring, generous spirit. He never missed a birthday, always sending a card or making a call.

He showed his generosity by donating to many local and national charities. He was also a devoted parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Seton in Bedford. Herk considered everyone at the Manchester Veterans Administration his lifeline and family.

Herk attributed his longevity to the love of his family and community. He said he considered his grandchildren and great-grandchildren "his treasures." He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and role model for all.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline.

"Pops" is survived by his four children, Jan Streitburger and John Consilvio of Arlington, MA, Kim Streitburger and Jim Thibeault of Stratham, NH, Guy Streitburger and Jennifer Lutzen of Bedford, NH and Ross and Mari Streitburger of Weare, NH; seven grandchildren, Guy, Jessica, Kyle, Lindsay, John, Julie and Chloe; four great grandchildren, Guy, Grey, Maya, and Oscar; and several nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: All services will be private to the family. A celebration of Herk's life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herman's memory to: Honor Flight New England, PO Box 16287, Hooksett, NH 03106.

The family thanks the staff at Mount Carmel Rehabilitation for their dedicated care.

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting the family with arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thank you for all your advice, words of kindness, happy grins each morning, and your over all kind nature. From, your sunshine girl, maddy

Posted by Maddy Pappas - Nashua, NH - Friend   September 08, 2020

He was quite a man, honest, strong man. Always willing to help anyone, as he did for me. He and Mrs. Streitburger always, always had their door open for anyone. As one of their children's friends, I know this first hand. He was always friendly and kind. Truly a GREAT man. Not all good die young! Proven by his 100 years. I grieve for all the Streitburgers it is hard when you loose a parent. He had quite a life, World War II Veteran, prisoner of war. A true Hero! I'm proud to have known him. During these tough times it is comforting to have someone to look up to, especially someone you knew first hand. I'm proud to say I knew him.
God bless. Rest In Peace.
Sincerely,
Jay Donovan Mills

Posted by Jay Mills - Bloomington, IN - Friend   August 05, 2020

It has been 15 years since Herk advised me as part of SCORE. Yet he had such an impact from those few brief interactions, that I consider him to be part of my company. He was so caring, generous, encouraging and even enthusiastic, that I felt incredibly supported and kept taking the needed steps. I am so sorry for everyone's loss, yet also know that he continues to live within so many of us.

Posted by Jill Robbins - Windham, NH - Friend   July 23, 2020

Mr. Personality. Mr.SCORE. Mr. Reingold ("My beer is Reingold the dry beer, Think of Reingold whenever you buy beer...It's not bitter, not sweet; extra dry flavored treat...." Mr. Dad. My kind, thoughtful neighbor for 36 years. Such a determined, respected, caring person. Thank you for helping me start my business....Thank you for hosting your family parties... the family members grew yearly!!!! Loved how everyone tooted their car horns whilst they were driving away... until the next time! RIP.xxxxx

Posted by Susanne Stretch - Bedford, NH - Friend   June 18, 2020

My life is forever changed because of my friendship with "Herk". His smile and positive attitude were infectious. That's why God gave him soo many years of life on earth. It was his mission, every day, to spread his brand of sunshine to as many people as he came in contact with - like me, on soo many occasions. I will miss him, but am comforted by knowing I was one of the lucky ones for having him as a friend. Rest peacefully Herk, you have earned it many times over.

Posted by Craig & Cindy Goodenberger - Canandaigua, NY - Friend   June 16, 2020

To the last of the American Maids men: Mount up my friend on you your silver wings earned so long ago, soar high with the eagles above the clouds and into the arms of God.

Posted by Terrell & Robbie Hough - BERTRAM, TX - friend   June 07, 2020

Jan and family,
Our condolences on the passing of your dad. What a history and life of a great man! I know it will take a while for your hearts to heal, but in the meantime, we will help carry your heartache. Your friends, Deb and Joe

Posted by Debra Farrell - Arlington, MA - Friend   June 05, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I heard many COLORFUL stories of your dad. A long wonderful life with a very loving family. May the wonderful memories bring comfort during this sad time.

Posted by laurie rodman - Natick, MA   June 05, 2020

Gail and I are saddened by Herk's passing and do pray for the Peace that passes all understanding for all of you. A life well lived however and inspirational to all.

Posted by Neil and Gail Hitter - Derry, NH - Family Friend   June 04, 2020

Jan and Kim and to the entire Streitburger family, my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of meeting your Dad, Herk when he joined Sue Stretch and I as our plus one to a Made in NH harvest dinner. We were graced with his stories on the ride back and forth to Concord. It was so apparent that he loved life and shared it with many that evening. He marvelled at all the great foods that came from the growers and artisans in NH. One night many years ago, special and imprinted in memory. What a beautiful spark that lives within all of you!

Posted by Diane Laflamme Romagnoli - Bedford, NH - Acquaintance   June 04, 2020

Herk had the most positive attitude and optimism about life and the greatest sense of humor and responsibility. It was an honor to know him and volunteer with him.
Ron Weiss, a SCORE friend and admirer

Posted by Ron Weiss - Nashua, NH - Friend   June 04, 2020

Our neighbor of 21 years. We will miss his positive influence very much. Several times I was privileged to give a ride to the VA hospital. My oh my how they loved him. His kind words and gestures brightened everyone's day. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by Richard and Pam House - Bedford, NH - Neighbor   June 03, 2020

You didn't have to!
15 years ago we met in my hometown, I was your personal translator for three whole amazing days. You and your fellow friends taught me history like no one else - You didn't have to.
When you went back home we started writing letters and telling each other stories, you kindly asked me if I wanted to received the TIME magazine as a thank you token for my three day 'job' - You didn't have to.
When I moved to the UK, you took time and effort to make sure the TIME magazine reaches me there so I can still enjoy a good read - You didn't have to.
You have invited me over to New Hampshire and have been my host for weeks, making sure I do meet all of your amazing family including Jan Streitburger, Kim Streitburger, Lindsay Thibeault, Julie Thibeault and many many more. Took me for trips, our daily meetings at Dunkin' Donuts to hear more war stories from your veteran friends. I still remember you prepping up an Old Fashioned on one of those evenings we spent talking and telling stories. It was an amazing holiday I could not have dreamt of - You didn't have to.
When my son was born, not only you sent us a beautiful poem about a Son, but also added a blanket and few little clothes - You didn't have to.
We kept emailing and calling each other, hearing all the stories and just keeping in touch... You didn't have to.
You didn't have to but you did ... like a true Friend. The best Yankee Friend you can ask for.
I do have a big void in my heart but my mind is filled with all those amazing memories I will cherish.
Goodbye my Yankee Friend
God bless

Posted by Sebastian Sokolowski - London UK - Friend   June 03, 2020

Love and Prayers

Posted by Sandra D'Alfonso - South Portland, ME   June 03, 2020

Guy,
Sorry to hear of dad's passing. My mom passed away 1 1/2 years ago while at Mt Carmel as well. Lives well led for all our parents now passed from a generation that went without so we could live better. RIP Herman May the Road Rise to Meet you.

Posted by Gregory J Barrett - Friend   June 02, 2020

On behalf of Commander Peirce and the members and officers of the Department of NH VFW we wish to extend our deepest condolences. Everyone that had the honor and privilege of meeting Herk recognized him for the true American hero he was. He will be truly missed.
Tom St.Pierre
Department Chaplain

Posted by Thomas St.Pierre - Charlestown, NH - Acquaintance   June 02, 2020

Guy and Jen, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. May be RIP. George and Judy B

Posted by George and Judy Bourque - Acquaintance   June 02, 2020

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Jan so sorry for the loss of your Dad! We only had the pleasure of visiting with your dad a few times over the years....he was always a pleasure to be with and such a gentleman. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love Jimmy, Debi & family

Posted by James Consilvio - Watertown, MA - Family   June 02, 2020

My oh my, one of everybody's favorites is gone. He'll be missed but what a rich life he had and what a legacy he left!

Posted by Dick Kuhl - Bedford, NH - Friend   June 02, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our prayers and deepest sympathy, Jan, to you and your family. Thinking of you . Love, Barbara and Ralph Cafarelli

Posted by Barbara Cafarelli - Waltham, MA - Friend   June 01, 2020

My deepest sympathies to your family. Your Dad sounds like he was an amazing man and I'm sorry I didn't have the opportunity to know him. He was clearly loved by all!

Posted by Tracy Van Hoven-Hoyt - acton, MA - Coworker   June 01, 2020

I am so proud to have been his doctor. He was a hero by all measures.

Posted by Donald Bernard - Friend   June 01, 2020

Really sorry to here about Pops, he was a great guy and I enjoyed visiting with him.

Posted by Don Brown - Friend   June 01, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Streitburger Family. Your Dad/Grandfather lead an exceptional life and left many people smiling with precious memories! May your memories bring you comfort as you mourn his passing. Much love....

Posted by Donna Keefe - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

We send our deepest sympathies to the entire Streitburger family.

Posted by Ron and Donna Bates - Stratham, NH - Friend   June 01, 2020

It was an honor to know him. He was a real American hero, kind, generous and humble.

Posted by gale furey - Bedford, NH - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

An exceptional man from the finest generation. He is leaving a legacy of honor and love. A very special man.

Posted by Carol Johnson-Haywood - Bethlehem, NH - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

I was honored to have met Herk via Score. He was truly a great man that I admired and enjoyed being with. We will certainly miss his smile, his stories and his positive attitude. Our sincere condolences to the whole Streitburger family!
Gary and Karen McCarthy, Windham, NH

Posted by Gary McCarthy - Windham, NH - Friend   June 01, 2020

Beautiful tribute and a life well lived - love to all

Posted by Julie Cayer - Fairhaven, MA - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

Words really can't describe what Herk meant to me and the entire HFNE family. He was a true gentleman, an amazing friend, and our Hero! He never had a negative word to say about anyone or anything. I will cherish the memories we had! I will always love you Herk!! xoxo

Posted by sheila peters - Manchester, NH - Friend   June 01, 2020

I will never forget your smile and positive attitude. My condolences to his family. Truly a great man I had the privilege to know and Honor. RIP UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

Posted by Paul Martin - Lyndeborough   June 01, 2020

Candle

Herk was an amazing man, father and human being. He will be missed by all. Much love to all of the Streitberger Family at thia time!!

Posted by Ann Davis-Allan - MARBLEHEAD, MA - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

I met uncle Herk when I was about 5. He came by to pick up aunt Jackie, so we could all meet him. I remember because he was the tallest person I'd seen. They married and bought a house in Wantagh. He worked in the city and for years would take grandma to the city so she could window shop. I was in the sixth grade and he and aunt Jackie took care of me while they went on vacation. He wood drop me off in Valley Stream so I could go to school. In the early 80's I met him in New Mexico to attend a reunion of his war buddies. I saw how much he was licked and, most of all, respected by those men. He was the best father, husband, provider and classiest man I've ever met. Say hello to aunt Jackie.

Posted by jeff matthews - Scottsdale, AZ - Family   June 01, 2020

Sorry for your loss.
Dick & Debbie Lutsk

Posted by Richard Lutsk - Manchester, NH - Friend   June 01, 2020

Bill & I send our prayers & condolences to you all.
What a wonderful man Herk was. He will be missed by so many because of his compassion, love for others & the memories we all have of both your parents. We are all better people for knowing them. They are together again..how cool is that...

What great man
.

Posted by Roberta & Bill Cullity - Manchester, NH - Friend   June 01, 2020

To the Streitburger Family:

On behalf of a grateful nation, and the Department of NH, VFW/Auxiliary District #7, we wish to acknowledge your loved one's service to our country, and send our deepest condolences on your loss.

District #7 Chaplain

Posted by Cathy Burns - Somersworth, NH   June 01, 2020

Sending our deepest sympathies to Guy and all the Streitburger family.

Posted by Anthony & Audrey Rivera - Auburn, NH - Coworker   June 01, 2020

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Rest in peace to a fine gentleman and veteran.

Posted by Robert Blackstock - Alton Bay, NH - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

Legend of a man. Was nothing but a positive force, for the 35 years I knew him. He was 65, when I moved in. I was the kid next door, and he was always kind, and a pleasure to talk too. I would do odd jobs for him, he let me play basketball in his driveway with my friends. I was lucky to be there for his 100th birthday party, and see how many people loved him. Rest in peace, Herk. A life well lived, and will be well remembered. All the Streitburgers are in family's thoughts.

Posted by Steve Stretch - Bedford, NH - Neighbor   June 01, 2020

To the Streitburger Family:
On behalf of a grateful nation, and the Department of NH, VFW/Auxiliary District #7, we wish to acknowledge your loved one's service to our country, and send our deepest condolences on your loss.
District #7 Chaplain,
Cathy Burns

Posted by A friend   June 01, 2020

I have such fond memories of Herk. He was a great influence on me and I was drawn to his kindness and positivity after all he had been thru in his life. He will be missed by all that he touched. What a run!
To his family.... Remember how blessed you were to have him as your father, grandfather and great grandfather . He is with Jackie now having a grand old time.

Posted by Mary-Ann Hoben - Nashua, NH - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

I am honored to have shared Rheingold Beer,Sabrett Hotdogs,Porterhose Steak from Peter Luger's and Knishes from the streets of New York City.It has been an honor knowing you and you allowing me to be a part of your life. For that I thank you.You truly are a Great American and an even Greater man.I will miss you.R.I.P.

Posted by michael tucciarone - Londonderry, NH - Family   June 01, 2020

Mr. Streitburger, Thank you for your service RDM Windham NH

Posted by - Friend   June 01, 2020

I am honored to have worked with Herk at SCORE. He was a true professional who always worked to do his best to help others. Herk will stay alive in all our fond memories, as a true Mensch!. My condolences to Herk's family.

Posted by Harvey Bloom - Merrimack, NH - Coworker   June 01, 2020

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Ed and I have had the pleasure of knowing Herk for many years. He ALWAYS had a smile when you would see him along with a positive word for anyone. He will be greatly missed by many! Our sincere condolences to the whole Streitburger family!
Ed & Marcia Consilvio

Posted by Marcia Consilvio - Arlington, MA - Family Friend   June 01, 2020

You will be missed at all the gatherings yet I know that somehow you will be present ! Auf Weidersehn

Posted by alan heidenreich - manchester, NH - Friend   May 31, 2020

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We have lost a treasure. I feel so blessed to have known "Mr. Streitburger".

Posted by Julie Worthington - Manchester, NH - Friend   May 31, 2020


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