Chester A. Arcaro, Sr., age 83, died Thursday evening , December 27th, with his family at his side, after a long battle with cancer. Chet was born January 9, 1929, in Conneaut, Ohio, the son of Giovanni (John) and Mari Antonia (Mary) Lombardo Arcaro. Growing up in Conneaut, Chet worked for a time, starting at the age of 14, for the former Nickel Plate Railroad. He graduated from Conneaut High School in 1947. He then entered the Unites States Air Force, where he served four years during the Korean Conflict
. When Chet returned home, he was the owner/operator of Chet's Gulf Station on the corner of Buffalo and State Streets. He then worked for Prudential Life Insurance Company for over 30 years. Chet was also well known for his 17 years of public service to the City of Conneaut, serving as the Housing, Building & Zoning Inspector. When Chet retired from public service, he opened CJ's Quickstop, for several years. Chet was a member of St. Mary/St. Frances Cabrini Parish and was active with many church functions over the years. He also was an avid carpenter and woodworker, making just about anything out of wood. Chet also was a private contractor and enjoyed remodeling homes. He served on many boards; most notable, he was a past President of the Conneaut School Board, also a founding member of the CLYO program at Skippon Park and on the Conneaut Drug Rehabilitation Board, that he helped start. He has a ball field named "Chet Arcaro Field" at CLYO, that the high school baseball team currently plays on, for home games. He was an animal lover and known for his homemade wines and sausage. Chet is survived by his wife, Celestine (Sis) Berarducci Arcaro, whom he married, September 4, 1949, in Erie, Pa., five sons, Chester Jr., of Conneaut, Gregory J. Arcaro of Chillicothe, Ohio, Jon and Karen Arcaro, of Conneaut, Larry and Karen Arcaro of Ashtabula, Patrick Arcaro of Conneaut, three daughters Debbie and Paul Slupski of Erie, Pa., Lisa and Bill Poff of Conneaut, Becky Arcaro and Bob Frazzee Jr. of Geneva, 12 grandchildren Chet III, Sadi, Sarah, Brandon, Jessica, Zach, Brooke, Macie, Lauren, Matthew, Cristy and Kaity and seven great-grandchildren, and his beloved dog Allie. Chet was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Anthony Arcaro and two sisters, Carmella Lariccia and Mary Jane Smith. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012 at St. Frances Cabrini Church, at 11:00 a.m., with Fr. John Summers and Fr. Phillip Miller concelebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Conneaut. Calling hours will be held Sunday, December 30, from 3-6 p.m., at the Raisian Family Funeral Home, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made in Chet's memory to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.