BOONVILLE — Charles (Jeff) Scherz, 88, of Ford Street passed away at home on January 20, 2012 after a year long illness while under the care of his loving wife Carol. He was born in Rome, NY on August 31, 1923 a son of Ernest and Anna Burki Scherz. He grew up in Boonville attending West Leyden Schools and received his diploma recently from Adirondack Central School. In 1938 he went to work at various farms. Jeff entered the United States Army on February 1, 1943 and was honorably discharged on December 3, 1945. During his time in active duty Jeff was in the battle on the beach of Normandy on D-Day in June 1944 and the Battle of the Bulge which lasted until January 28, 1945. On April 19, 1947 he married Jean I. Johnson. She died on March 27, 1980. Jeff started Scherz Construction Company which he was a General Contractor for 51 years retiring in 2002. On March 3, 1984 in Boonville he married Carol Sweeney.
Jeff served as Boonville Town Justice and Village Justice, Town of Boonville Supervisor for two years, Mayor of Boonville, and again as Village Justice. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Boonville, VFW Boonville and Former member of the Boonville Fire Dept.
Surviving are his loving wife Carol, Boonville; three step-daughters and sons-in-law, Dodie and Kyriacos Georgiades, Boonton, NJ; Pamela Mahaffy, New Hartford; Kim and Bruce Edwards, Rome; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Hutton, Boonville; Margaret Yauger, St. Cloud, Fl; Freida O’Brien, Roseville, California; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Scherz, Rome, Nancy Scherz, Boonville, Alice Scherz, Rome; special friend John Zelazowski, Boonville. He is predeceased by sisters Marie Glur, Mildred Leslie, Hilda Zarnoch, Ida Rimiller, Anna Pierce; and brothers John, Fred, Ernest and Arnold Scherz.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday January 25, 2012 at the Mills Funeral Home 301 Post Street Boonville with Fr. Don Karlen officiating. Calling Hours are from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Spring interment in Boonville Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to Erwin Library, Boonville or Dodge Pratt Northam Art & Community Center, Boonville.
Expressions of sympathy can be made on Jeff’s online memorial page by going to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.