James Robert "Perky" Herdzik
1959 - 2021
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James Robert "Perky" Herdzik, age 61, of Erie passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 3, 2021. He was born in Erie on May 10, 1959, a son of the late Chester and Josephine (Duska) Herdzik.

Jim worked as a sales manager at LAMJEN for 40 years. He served on the Erie School Board for 22 years as a director, fighting rigorously for the children of the district. At the time of his passing, he was the financial secretary for the Huzar Club as a way to embrace his proud heritage.

Jim is survived by his wife of 17 years, Amee A. (Costello) Herdzik; two sons, Evan J. Herdzik and R. Christopher Lilly (Jordan Hunter); a brother Rick Potosnak, wife Kathy; and his beloved dog (daughter) Molly.

Molly was often found during the evenings walking with Jim, which is when Jim made his various phone calls to friends and family. You knew you made it when you were on Jim's call list. He was also so proud of and loved his many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday at St. Patrick Church, 130 East 4th Street from 9 a.m. until the time of a funeral mass at 12 noon. Burial will be private in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The funeral mass will be livestreamed on St. Patrick's website at saintpatrickparisherie.org

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 845 East 38th St. Condolences may go to www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ron Costello Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Brugger Funeral Home, 845 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16504 or the ANNA Shelter, 1555 East 10th St., Erie, PA 16511.

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Published in Erie Times-News on Jan. 5, 2021.
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January 7, 2021
Amee and family, I would like to thank you and St. Pat's for the BEAUTIFUL mass I attended today. I'm sure Jim was looking down with a big smile, and so proud of Evan and Chris giving their eulogies. I would expect nothing else. As I left the the church, I got to give Evan a hug and tell him "Awesome" He responded, "Thank you for coming Mr. Pollock" Manners taught by great parents, and MPS Baseball My thoughts are with you all, Dan Pollock
Daniel P Pollock
January 7, 2021
Dear Amee,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy and school board director who always remembered the teachers first. God bless you and your family. Love, Karen (Briggs) Walters
Karen Walters
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January 7, 2021
I have such wonderful memories of Perky he was my first true love and I was his first true love. Perky used to come to my house and I would give him perms every few months when I was going to Beauty School. It was hilarious. I remember when he asked me to be his girlfriend I’ll never forget that he gave me his high school class ring I couldn’t wait to put pink yarn around it so it fit on my finger. We also had a dog and when we got the dog is when I first started going with Perky our family name the dog after him. I Remember the first time I met his mom at his house and she made us a grilled cheese and tomato and the reason why I remember that is because it was the best grilled cheese and tomato I have ever had and he was so cute about it. I have to admit I was always afraid of his piranhas. Especially when I would go to dinner at his house and the Fish-tank was right behind me. Perky and I went out for dinner all the time at Fergie’s or South Erie pizza. It seems like it all just happened yesterday and time just flew by so fast. I am so saddened by his passing RIP Perky. And my deepest condolences to Rick and Cathy and family. 1976 East High School Prom
Perky
Chrissy Froehlich
Chrissy Froehlich Vaughn
Friend
January 7, 2021
Jim was a great guy. Lamjen was one of our main vendors and he was our main contact for many years (Zurn/Aalborg/Indeck) and was a pleasure to work with and will be missed. Our prayers are with you all.
Carl Ruff
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January 7, 2021
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KIMBERLY BURKHART
January 6, 2021
Perky was one of a kind. He will be missed. We were blessed to know him. We had a lot of great times together. All our prayers to all of you. Love Sue and Slim Machuga
Bob and Sue Machuga
Friend
January 6, 2021
I'm so sorry! He was so friendly and I remember him from school smiling. I'll keep you in my prayers
Karen Rizzone
January 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Perky was a great guy. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
Mary Ewanick
Mary Ewanick
Friend
January 6, 2021
Perk, and family
I am very sadden by the passing of one of my longtime best friends. I am sorry that over the years we grown apart.There are many many memories and history between Jim and I . There is no doubt in my mind that I picked the right man to be my best man at our wedding.. I will surely keep Jim in my heart forever. He will be missed by me and my whole family.
Until we meet again...
Sincerely,
Bill Feder
Bill Federowicz
Friend
January 6, 2021
I feel very blessed to have had a opportunity to not only deal with Jim while I was at Zurn. I was able to have a friendly relationship with him. You will be sadly missed. I know you are in good hands with God. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with your family to help them through this hard time God Bless your entire family. Ted,Nancy Morad
Ted Morad
January 6, 2021
Amee and Family...
I was heartbroken to read of Jim's passing. He was always friendly and good for a laugh. We did a lot of laughing at Lamjen. I hope you take comfort in knowing a lot of people knew and loved him.
Roxane Witosky
Friend
January 5, 2021
We are so heartbroken for you and your family..We love you and will pray for God’s comfort to meet the demands of each moment. Much love, Tom and Angie Brady
Angie and Tom Brady
Friend
January 5, 2021
We’ve been blessed as a family to know Jim for the last 5 years. It’s been half a decade of love, laughter, and banana pudding. Our family is so lucky to have known Jim as a best friend, and for some of us he’s also been a brother, an uncle, and a second father. Jim never failed to light up a conversation with his dry humor, the kind you sometimes don’t quite process in its entirety until a few seconds after- filling the room with a delayed burst of laughter. What was even sweeter about Jim’s character was the way he showed his care and love for you. You’d mention you liked some snack once and the next time you went over to his house it was in the fridge ready for you to enjoy (@jordans sweet chili Doritos, @laceys Yasso bars and vegan burgers). These subtle touches made Jim the man we hold so dearly in our hearts. There’s so much more to say, we could write on for days. We love you Amee, Evan, Critter “R”, Jordan, and family. We thank you for welcoming us into your family and sharing him with us. We love you Jim, thank you for changing our lives for the better.
The Hunter Family
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January 5, 2021
To Amee, Evan, family, and friends of Jim, Our deepest heartfelt sympathy and condolences. I came to know Jim through MPS Baseball, and my son Dan played with Evan on several OUTSTANDING talented teams. Jim was such a likable guy, smart, and a passionate Erie School Board Director, who ALWAYS put the students first. He was never boisterous, just got his point across directly and calmly. I will always remember and cherish our talks at Ainsworth Field, along the 3rd baseline fence, Laker Baseball, and family talk. Jim was just a GOOD all- around person. He also had a great, witty sense of humor, of which I will share, to try to leave all of us who were devastated by his passing, with the way I want to remember our friend. Jim, myself, Coach Durk and a few Laker friends were out having a few brews, and we decided to come to my and Cindi's place to sit out on our deck and have a couple more to enjoy the warm evening. When we all arrived, I got my keys out I discovered that "somehow" my house key was not with my car keys. Of course everyone was giving me a hard time LOL Someone asked me if I had a spare hidden outside somewhere? I said "Nope" and that led to some "WHAT??!!" comments LOL. I said "No worries, I can get in through basement window." Well it was a "little tougher" than I thought. I had to dislodge window frame, crawl down over toilet backwards, Uggghh. I did get in, to the happiness of my guests. They gave me plenty of "grief" over the evening. The next couple times I saw Jim, he would say hello, and ask me, "break into your house lately??"" We both would laugh our tails off!! I consider myself lucky to be able to call Jim my FRIEND God Bless, Dan & Cinidi
Dan Pollock
January 5, 2021
Amy,
I am in total shock. Jim was such a great man. He was there for my daughter 19 yrs. ago when Britt need a lap top for people to people trip. Always there for any student. He is who we need to be on the school district board for a voice for our children and unconditional caring for our children. Amy he will so be greatly missed. He never walked by me without asking how I was doing and asked about the kids. My heart aches for you. You and Jim are such a wonderful couple, and I know he was such a great father image to Christopher.

My deepest sympathy to you and your family,
Claudia Burkell
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January 5, 2021
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Kristen Lee
January 5, 2021
Amy, I’m so so very sorry, Jim was one of the nicest men I have ever known. My heart is grieving for you and the boys.
Tracy Stefurak
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January 5, 2021
Hello Amee . We never met but I worked with Jim at Lamjen on the first day he started 40 plus years ago .

Sorry for your loss . He was a good guy to work with and I had alot of respect for Jim
Not much else to say except sorry again for your loss
We all lost a friend
Take care. Sincerely. Doug Fulkrod
Douglas Fulkrod
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January 5, 2021
Amee, and family,
We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Jim. Our love and prayers are with you all.
Philip Daria Marnella
Friend
January 5, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Jim was a great guy and wil be sorely missed by all. Amee I will be praying for you and your boys.
Colleen
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January 5, 2021
My heart aches for you and your family Amee. Perky was a special kind hearted guy. I have soooo many find memories traveling with him on our golf outings and from work. I will always remember his laugh and smile. My condolences.
Daniel Orengia
Friend
January 5, 2021
Herdzik Family,
My deepest sympathy . Jim will be greatly missed. He as a terrific school director. I will keep him in my prayers.
Patrick Cappabianca
Friend
January 5, 2021
Perky was a wonderful person. I first heard of him through the Rhoades boys and Boys Baseball, as our league All Star team was going to play his league All Stars down by Hammermill. He was a knuckleballer and I was told certain to strike me out! I was just as determined to hit a home run off him...
Well, I had broken my baby finger on my glove hand a week before the game and this was in the days before designated hitters, so my only hope was as a pinch hitter at some point in the game.
That point came in the 4th inning and his dancing knuckleball quickly had me down 2 strikes! I choked up on the bat and was determined to make contact with the ball at least once!
We settled for a compromise as I did surprisingly (to me anyways) hit a ball to the opposite field that netted me a one bounce over the fence double!
After the game he taught me how to throw the knuckleball and while I never became a pitcher, we became friends, much to the chagrin of anyone who ever played catch with me from that point forward!
To know Perk was to love him! He was a special guy and I will miss running in to him around town for sure.
To the entire Herdzik family, i offer my condolences. May our Lord bring you comfort and peace at this most difficult time and may you too be lifted by fond memories of Perky and the time spent with him!

With warmest regards and deepest sympathy;

Mike Merry
January 5, 2021
Our hearts are heavy right now for your terrible loss. We are thinking of you and praying for your family. We know that Greg has a special fondness for Jim and your family and he always had some funny story to tell when he visited you guys.

Ann & Jeff Miaczynski
Ann Miaczynski
Friend
January 5, 2021
Dear Rick and Kathy and the rest of Jim's Family-
I was truly saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Losing a loved one is never easy, but is so much harder right now.

You are all in our prayers.
Ed & Chris (Paradise) Matheis
Friend
January 5, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Kalinowski Family
January 5, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Slovak National Club
January 5, 2021
Amee & Herdzik family. Very heavy hearted on learning of Jim's passing. Having known him in business & socially over these many years has been a privilege. He will be sorely missed.

Deepest sympathies, Scott McCain
Scott McCain
Friend
January 5, 2021
Amee, Evan and Cricket, Perk was such a loving, wonderful, kind person. I will always be grateful that I had him as such a good friend for all these years. He made me laugh more times than I can count and helped me through the losses we have had to endure the last couple years. The world will never be the same. We will love you and miss you always.
Jodi Suchar
Friend
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