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Howard J. Bakert, operated Amherst deli Aug. 8, 1917 -- Sept. 13, 2005

Howard J. Bakert, who had operated an Amherst delicatessen with his wife, died Tuesday in his Eggertsville home of natural causes. He was 88.

A lifelong resident of Eggertsville, Mr. Bakert was a member of Amherst High School's first graduating class. During World War II, he worked at Curtiss-Wright's Aircraft Division.

Meanwhile, he and his wife had operated Bakert's Food Shoppe, 4209 Main St., a favorite with Amherst High School students, for more than 50 years. They retired in the mid-1980s.

Mr. Bakert was a longtime member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. He was an exempt life member of Snyder Fire Department and a past president of its exempt volunteers. He also had coached Little League baseball.

His wife of 59 years, Jane C. Craig Bakert, died in 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie A. McGee of Buffalo; five sons, Michael C. of Chatham, N.J., Robert M. of Atlanta, William C. of Lexington, Ky., Donald P. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and James C. of Williamsburg, Va.; a brother, Arthur of Utica; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville, after prayers at 9:30 in Dengler & Roberts Funeral Home, 2070 Eggert Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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