A memorial Mass for James Thomas Scherer of Cheektowaga and Deltona, Fla., a retired sheet-metal worker and a combat veteran of World War II, was offered today in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, Cheektowaga. Burial was private.
Mr. Scherer, who was born in Buffalo, died Tuesday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after an illness of three weeks. He was 84.
He served in the Army's 10th Mountain Division as an infantryman in the Italian Alps in 1944 and 1945. He was a sheet-metal worker for more than 35 years until his retirement in 1982.
A devout Catholic, he served as an altar boy in his youth.
He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 71, the American Legion, the Forty & 8 of Attica and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Scherer spent winters in Florida and summers in Western New York.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Laura Allen; four daughters, Mary of Escondido, Calif., Joyce Torge of Derby, Gloria Murphy of West Seneca and Judy Sanchez of Florida; two sons, James T. Jr. of Buffalo and Wayne A. of Las Vegas; a sister, Mildred Dillemuth of Angola; and eight grandchildren.