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Chester J. (Chet) Mandry

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Chester (Chet) J.
Chester J. Mandry passed away on August 15, 2014, at home, with his beloved wife, Loretta Mandry, at his side and all of his family. He was born in New York Mills, N.Y. September 29, 1922, son of the late John and Catherine Mandry of New York Mills. Chet married Loretta (Kosiewicz) Mandry on May 5, 1946, a union of 68 years of happy marriage. He leaves behind his wife, Loretta Mandry, a son Robert S. Mandry and his wife Nancy, of Whitesboro, a son Gerald J. Mandry, and wife JoAnn of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and grandchildren Christopher Ryan Mandry, of Whitesboro, Jessie Righter and husband John Righter of Washington D.C.., Jonathan Mandry of Oak Ridge Tenn., and Stephen Mandry, of Boulder, CO. He also leaves behind a beloved and very close brother-in-law Raymond M. Kosiewicz, a great granddaughter, Cameryn Righter, sisters, Helen Rusinek of Utica and Bertha Trueman of the Lutheran Home, and several close nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of the class of 1940 of New York Mills High School and was instrumental, with other fellow graduates, in establishing a scholarship for the 4th graduating girl and the 4th graduating boy of each year to receive a $500.00 scholarship, which is given to the present day. He was named class artist of his senior class and the mural he co-painted for the school still hangs today in the New York Mills mayors office. After graduating from high school, he went to the New York School of Aeronautics in Utica, and then to Fordham University and the New York University in New York City, where he graduated with a degree in Engineering. From there, he went to the European World War II, 104th division, of Terry Allen Timberwolf Combat Battalion Company B as a combat Engineer for 4 years. He was employed with Westinghouse Corporation as an engineer for 39 years and was the President of Local Union #1443 Electrical Workers Union. Chester was very proud to have built his own home. He was a master craftsman who could fix anything and built everything from scratch including bookcases, articles of furniture, and anything that could be made which would make life easier for someone. After retirement, he won a ribbon for his queen sized patchwork quilt at the State Fair, won recognition at Munson Williams Proctor Institute for his lifelike carvings of birds, made many special ties to wear for his friends and family as well as all the ushers serving at the mass at 9:00 AM at St. Pauls Church of Whitesboro where he served as an usher for 60 years. He became an expert winemaker (which all of his friends and family greatly enjoyed), embroidered many, many beautiful scenes which he then expertly framed with his wood crafting skills, and could often be found on his computer communicating with the world via Wheresgeorge.com and many Google searches for answers to projects he undertook and items he had been asked to fix. He enjoyed many days of bingo at the Turning Stone where he could often be seen coaching new players. Chet also loved the Daily Word Jumbles and crossword puzzles. He belonged to the New York Mills Seniors, where he was the Treasurer for about 30 years, and was the BINGO Coordinator as well as advice giver and happy joke teller at all the meetings. He treasured every member and considered them his second happy family! He was also a member of the Whitestown Seniors, Edward Bator Post American Legion, Ushers Club of St. Pauls Church of Whitesboro, New York Mills Historical Society, and the former Happy Travelers Club. Chester was truly a wonderful husband, father, and friend. We will miss him greatly. Many thanks to Dr. William Ryan and Dr. Christopher Max for the consideration and help and thoughtfulness extended to Chet for the past many years. Calling hours will be held Monday August 18, at Wolanin Funeral Home, Inc. 266 Main St. New York Mills from 4-7 PM. Chets funeral will be Tuesday, August 19th at 9:00 AM from Wolanin Funeral Home and at 9:30 AM from St. Pauls Church, Whitesboro. Final Resting place will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the wolaninfunerahome.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 17, 2014
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