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Emeterio Herce

June 20, 1937June 1, 2021

Emeterio Herce, 83, was born to parents Manuel Maria Herce and Maria Barrero Garcia in Quel, Logroño, Spain on June 20, 1937.

He was the beloved husband of Clara Zito de Herce, devoted father of Michael (Iole), David (Chailynn), Clarita, and proud grandfather of Lily, Clara, Luca, and Lia. In Spain, he is survived by two loving sisters, Josefina and Felisa, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Emeterio completed his undergraduate studies at the Seminaria Consilia de Logroño and at the Spanish American Seminary in Madrid. He received a Master in Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, after which he came to the U.S. to work for Catholic Services in New Britain, CT. At the same time, he earned a Master in Spanish Literature and Teacher Certification from Southern Connecticut Community College. After marriage in 1976 and earning U.S. citizenship in 1980, he worked as a teacher for Hispanic immigrants at Carlos Rosario International School for 35 years in Washington, D.C. until he retired in 2014.

The heart of Emeterio’s life was his wife and children and he selflessly sacrificed everything for them. He was the rock on which his family stood - steadfast in all things. He was a man of strong faith and devotion to the church. He was a dedicated teacher and role model to his many students throughout the years. He was truly a good and holy man, a treasure to his family, and a blessing to all who knew him.

A service will be held at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA on Friday, June 18th beginning at 11AM.

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18 June

Memorial Service

11:00 am

St Bede Catholic Church

3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188


Emeterio Herce

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June 11, 2021

It was with sadness that I learned of Emeterio's passing. I shall always consider him as a kind and compassionate man who was a dedicated teacher who cared so much about his students and their welfare. He very infrequently needed a substitute teacher, but when he did, he always asked for me to come "to his rescue." And I always had fun teaching his class. I look forward to seeing him again when Jesus calls me home.

Judith (Judita) Khan

Sonia Gutierrez

June 7, 2021

My condolences to the family of my dear Emeterio Herce. He was our GED teacher for over 25 years. One of the best and most dedicated teachers at our school Carlos Rosario Public Charter School. I have many fond memories of him and he will be in my heart forever. May he Rest In Peace.

Rita Corcoran

June 1, 2021

Dearest Clare and family,
Your patriarch has passed but he continues to live in each of you. His dedication of service to others and love of family shines bright in all your lives. I know that Emeterio’s life will continue in your family for many generations to come.
My heart breaks for you but I am grateful that I was privileged to have know this wonderful man.
Love and prayers,

Kathy Greene

June 1, 2021

Emeterio, aka the Spainard, was such a wonderful man. How I will miss him joining us for a cup of tea and a sweet treat during our "girls tea time"! Lovely man, special smile, warm hug - we miss you! You will remain forever in our hearts. Love Mike and Kathy Greene and family