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88, Missouri City, Texas, died Saturday, July 29, 2017 of a massive stroke, his already being a leukemia survivor, at the Houston, Texas Hospice. Born October 16, 1928, in the family home in Ferndale, Johnstown, PA, third child of four of William and Catherine (tomsko) Boerstler. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Florence Sharbaugh and Emma Koerber and by his wife, Carol Peck Boerstler in 2014 and son, Jeffrey George in 2003; and brother-in-law, Lou English. Survived by daughter, Cory, wife of Larry King, Mirrouri City; daughter-in law, Deborah Boerstler, Houston; grandson, John Boerstler and wife, Ashley and granddaughter, Claire; brother, the Rev. Wilbert A. Boerstler, Ph. D., of Ferndale; sisters-in law, Marian English, Jane Myers, and Susan Neun. Served 1946-1948 in the submarine division of the United States Navy, attended Pitt-Johnstown and main campus Pittsburgh graduation 1948 with a Bachelor of arts degree. Married Carole Peck, having met at Pitt-Johnstown, moved to Pittsburgh where Jeffrey was born. They moved in 1955 to Texas where he earned his juris doctorate degree at South Texas School of Law. Worked in several law offices until he entered the position of attorney in the real estate division of Cooper Industries with whom he remained for the remainder of his professional career. Herb played tennis and several times represented his area of Texas in his age range to the tennis nationals. Herb and Carole were members of the Ferndale Historical Society, 549 Vickroy Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15905-3930, where they established the Boerstler Endowment Fund in 2002. They were members for 40 years of St. Martin's Lutheran Church, in Houston and transferred to New Hope Lutheran Church, 1424 FM 1092, Missouri City, Texas, where the memorial service will be held Friday, August 4 at 10 a.m. Arrangements are in charge of Earthman Funeral Home, 12555 South Kirkwood, Stafford, Texas. Interment at Forest Park Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer, Houston. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to New Hope Church (address above) or to the Ferndale Historical Society (address above). Relatives and friends are invited to attend an informal celebration of the life of Herbert Boerstler, at Zion Lutheran Church, 613 Locust Street (corner Jackson and Locust Streets), downtown Johnstown, at 11 a.m., Friday, August 4, parking lot entrance on Railroad Street. Graduate of Ferndale High School, 1946 classmates Dr. Dalton Blough will present a personal remembrance and Bob Buck will greet all. Herb had many aunts and uncles and as one remarked, "cousins by the dozens."
Published on August 1, 2017
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