APOPKA, Fl: Laura Herrmann Couallier, 52, tragically passed with her husband, Christophe Couallier December 19.
Daughter to the late C. Russell Herrmann and survived by mother, Joan (Brown) Herrmann, brothers, Todd Herrmann and Dr. Kathryn Nielsen, Salisbury, and Brunswick, Maine and Craig Herrmann and Kerry (Normand) Herrmann, Gloucester, MA, and the two Lights-of-her-life, nieces, Jane and Ruby Herrmann.
Laura, a talented artist and graphic designer, grew up in Gloucester among aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She pursued and celebrated life and all its beauty through art, tennis, sailing, and travel, yet Laura always found the deepest and purest joy when in the presence of those she loved. Following her marriage to Christophe, the couple settled in Apopka, Fla., where they were embraced by the community and established extended roots. Still, she returned to her family and friends in hometown of Gloucester for extended periods of time each year. Laura loved sailing and spent many smiling hours behind the tiller. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and infinite grace, as it was her priority and deepest intention to be present in our lives. With softness and without grand gesture or expectation, Laura looked for what was good in each of us and in life.
Laura's many virtues drew people to her and to lasting friendships. Connected to the tennis community from Massachusetts to Florida, and known for her light-heartedness on the court alongside her crushing forehand, Laura was recently awarded a 4.0 NTRP rating by the USTA.
Consistent with Laura and Christopher's commitment to the common good, the couple was passionate about the environment, human and animal rights, universal access to holistic health care, the arts, to the sport of tennis, and a shared love of the Boston Red Sox. Indeed, small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, do transform the world. The imprint of their shared goodness on the lives of so many shall remain their greatest legacy.
A funeral service will take place at 12 noon on January 1 at the Community Church of East Gloucester, located at 7 Chapel Street, Gloucester. (There is parking behind the church and additional parking at the East Gloucester Elementary School at the top of Chapel St.) Following the service, a Celebration of Life reception will be held at Latitude 43 on 25 Rogers St. in Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes may visit and make a donation to charities supported by Laura and Christophe through a GoFundMe site created by the family. The address is: https://www.gofundme.com/remembering-laura-and-christophe.
Published on December 29, 2017