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A Mass of Christian Burial for James H. Herkert, the owner of a commercial cleaning service, will be offered at 11 a.m. today in St. Paul's Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore.

Prayers will precede the Mass at 10:30 in the D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

Herkert, 62, of Kenmore died Monday (Dec. 24, 1990) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Rochester, Herkert grew up in Jamestown and was a graduate of Jamestown High School.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany after World War II.

Herkert, who began college before joining the Army, returned to St. Bonaventure University and graduated in 1951.

He sold organs and pianos for Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. on Main Street in Buffalo and earned his master's degree in education from Canisius College in 1968.

Herkert taught world history for 11 years at Cardinal Dougherty High School before it closed in 1979.

That year, he began his own business, James H. Herkert Cleaning Service, a commercial operation specializing in schools and churches.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society and St. Joseph's Guild at St. Paul's Church. He also was a past president of the parish council and a member of the Home-School Association, for which he organized the orange and grapefruit fund-raising sale for 20 years.

Herkert was a member of the Jamestown Knights of Columbus and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, the former Angela M. Celella; a son, James M. of Bradenton, Fla.; four daughters, Nancy Kennure of West Hartford, Conn., Mary Elizabeth of Salem, Ore., and Linda M. and Carol Ann, both of Kenmore; a brother, John L. of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a sister, Marthanne Hazel of Jamestown, and two grandchildren.

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