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Chester "Chet" John Swacha, born in Aleksandrow, Poland in 1936 to John and Mary (Szczur) Swacha, died peacefully at home on Sept. 25, 2013 in Green Valley, Ariz. He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Mary (Lozowski) Swacha, sister Julia (Stanley) Senko, and his nephew Robert Derenda. He is survived by his wife of 23 years Conny (Hawkins) Swacha, his son Mark Swacha, his sisters Loretta (Valerian) Derenda and Josephine (Joseph) Swacha, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Chester was a WWII Holocaust survivor of Majdanek concentration camp and forced labor in Germany. After the war, he and his family lived in displaced persons camps until immigrating to Buffalo, N.Y. in 1949. He became a United States citizen in 1962 while serving in the U.S. Army. Chester retired from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.
Throughout his life, Chet enjoyed the good company of family and friends, particularly conversation around the dinner table. He adored traveling and new adventure. Chester was a master builder, an avid gardener, a great chef, and always an active participant in community and church choirs.
A celebration of Chet's life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in his home in Green Valley, Ariz.
A Mass of a Christian Burial will be held at St. Christopher Church at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2013 in Tonawanda, N.Y., with private interment in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Chester's name to the Green Valley Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 250 E. Continental, Green Valley, Ariz. 85614 or to the Friends of the Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Caada Drive, Green Valley. Ariz. 85614. These organizations strive to feed the body, mind and soul.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Oct. 6, 2013