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Jerome Schultz, former Bethlehem Steel electrician

March 5, 1935 – April 17, 2014

Jerome Schultz, a retired electrician and a longtime resident of Hoover Beach in Hamburg, died April 17 under hospice care after a long illness in Lake Worth, Fla., where he lived for the past several years. He was 79.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated in 1954 from St. Ann’s Catholic High School, where he played varsity basketball. He served in the Navy.

Mr. Schultz worked as an electrician at Bethlehem Steel from 1960 to 1983, then was an electrical repairman for J.S. Troope in Blasdell. In 1988, he took a position with the Thruway Authority in electrical maintenance and waste water management. He retired in 1998.

His family was among the first year-round residents of the lakeside community of Hoover Beach. He saved four boys from the ice-covered lake in 1972 by pushing his rowboat out and bringing them back to shore.

He was a founding member of the Southtowns Walleye Association, which honored him with its Sportsman of the Year Award in 1995.

He also helped start the South Valley Hunting Club with his brothers and a few friends.

His wife of 50 years, the former Brenda Peluso, a teacher who retired to care for him after a stroke left him partly paralyzed in 1998, died in 2009.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey; two daughters, Jennifer Carney and Jeanne Ouellette; three brothers, Herbert, Jack and Tom; a sister, Mary Ruppert; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday in St. Luke Catholic Church, Lake Worth. A memorial Mass is planned for mid-July in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs.

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