Michael Alan Hertzberg, age 84, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2022.
Michael was born January 5, 1938, to the late Richard S. Hertzberg and Dorothy Shapiro Hertzberg in Great Neck, NY. Michael’s greatest love was for the people who surrounded him. He cherished and cultivated lifelong friendships and whether watching his beloved NY Yankees, coaching youth sports, skiing the trails of Sugarbush, riding polo ponies or traveling the world, nothing could brighten his smile more than spending time with his family. He marveled at his wife’s passion, basked in his daughters’ accomplishments and relished every opportunity to shower his grandchildren with love.
Michael grew up in the heart of New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. Following his passion for engineering, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and graduated in 1959. Post-college he fell in love with his wife Della and the two moved to Vermont seeking an idyllic life in the country and the perfect place to raise their two daughters. In Vermont, Michael established and ran his own small business for nearly 40 years, Hertzberg Consulting Engineering. In addition to managing his business, Michael dedicated his time serving on the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Vermont Board of Professional Engineering for many years.
Seeking sunshine in retirement, Michael and Della moved to Aiken, South Carolina, where they have lived for the last 16 years. Michael was an active member of the Rotary Club of Aiken; he was on the board of the Aiken Performing Arts Group and led efforts to bring performing arts education to different Aiken County schools. He was on the board of trustees and an active member of the Congregation of Adath Yeshurun.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Della Hertzberg; his adored two daughters, Dorothea Hertzberg (Brian Pattullo) and Elizabeth Hertzberg Madden (Michael Madden); two grandchildren, Macie and Hattie Madden; brother-in-law, Howard Berger (Lorie Goldberg) and a sister-in-law, Carole Rosen (Paul Rosen); as well as his many nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held at Congregation of Adath Yeshurun, Aiken, SC. A larger celebration of Michael’s life will be held in the future to ensure his loved one’s health and safety.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Congregation Adath Yeshurun’s 100th Anniversary (P.O. Box 543, Aiken, SC 29802 https://www.asourceoflight.org/donate-1) or to Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Alumni Association, (100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609 https://www.wpi.edu/give).
The Historic George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave., SW, Aiken, SC 29801 is handling arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy for the family may be left by visiting www.georgefuneralhomes.com