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Erwin A. Brese Sr., 87, a retired master plumber and active churchman, died Thursday (Oct. 9, 1997) at his home of 65 years on Maple Road in Amherst.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on the East Side and graduated from Elm Vocational School with a degree in automobile electronics mechanics.

He worked as an apprentice plumber for Weinheimers Plumbing until getting his license and moving to Amherst. There he headed Brese Plumbing & Heating Co., later Erv's Plumbing & Heating, on Main Street in Williamsville. He retired in 1972.

He was active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Buffalo until the founding of Amherst Lutheran in 1947, where he was a charter member and the first treasurer.

Brese was chairman of the building committees for the church's first and second units, and held many other offices, including Bible class teacher.

He served on the board of directors for the Lutheran Service Society and, for many years, was the major plumbing contractor for Camp Pioneer in Angola, where his parents served as caretakers.

His wife of 62 years, the former Emma Farchmin, died last October.

Survivors include three sons, Erwin Jr. of Niagara Falls, David of Durham, N.C., and James of the Town of Tonawanda; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandsons.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday in Amherst Lutheran Church, 5125 Main St. at Lafayette Boulevard. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.[ulrch]

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