Chester J. Makos Sr.

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Chester J. Makos Sr., 87, a resident of South Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2018, at his home.

His loving wife is Mary A. Vincent Makos. Chet and Mary would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on May 7.

Born Jan. 10, 1931, in Plymouth, Chester was one of 10 children born to the late Michael J. and Anna Mazur Makos.

Raised in Plymouth, Chet attended the former Plymouth High School. During the 10th grade he had to leave high school to help support his family due to the death of his father. After some time, he proudly went on to attain his general equivalency diploma.

A U.S. Army veteran, Chet honorably served his country for two years during the Korean War. He was decorated with the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Service Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his honorable discharge from active duty, he attained the rank of sergeant.

Following his active duty service, Chet re-enlisted with the Army Reserves, serving with the 109th Field Artillery Regiment, Kingston. He retired from military service on Jan. 10, 1991, attaining the rank of sergeant first class.

Prior to his retirement, Chet was employed for many years as a carpenter by the former Wood-Tip Construction, Kingston.

Chet was a life member of the former St. Mary's Nativity Church, Plymouth, and was presently a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth. He also held membership with the American Legion, Post 655, Larksville.

A talented, self-taught accordionist, Chet loved to brighten up family gatherings with his accordion music.

Chet had many enjoyments in life, especially hunting and fishing at his family's cabin in Potter County, and cheering on his favorite football teams, the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles.

An amazing family man, Chet was truly devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He epitomized the role of husband, father and pop, and the legacy he leaves behind will continue to live on in the hearts of his loved ones.

In addition to his parents, Michael and Anna Makos, Chet was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward and Michael Makos, and his sisters, Mary Streeter and Sophie Kmetz.

In addition to his wife, Mary, Chet is survived by his three children, Diane Cebrick and her husband, Barry, Larksville; Chester J. Makos Jr., Wilkes-Barre; and Steven Makos and his wife, Elaine, Phoenix, Ariz.; his five grandchildren, Christopher Cebrick and his wife, Jennifer, Cassandra Cebrick, Craig Cebrick and his wife, Janel, Steven Makos and his fiancée, Brianna, and Jillian Lange and her husband, Dakota; his six great-grandchildren, Mason, Anthony, Matthew, Aiden, Addison,and Gianna; his brothers, Walter and Joseph Makos; his sisters, Florence Shaw, Ann Makos and Helen Dula; as well as his many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Chet's blessing service, which will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

Family and friends are invited to Chet's viewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Interment will be held privately on Tuesday morning in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, where full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army.

For additional information, or to send the Makos family a message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home's website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com, or Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Chet's memory to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 10, 2018
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