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Chester Wachowiak(1930 - 2012)

Wachowiak, Chester L.

Chester Leo Wachowiak, age 82, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, December 31, 2012 at his home in Kimberly.

Chester was born January 15, 1930 in Steven Point, WI, son of the late Alex and Agnes (Olski) Wachowiak. He graduated from Stevens Point High School and following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving from 1947-1950. Chester was united in marriage to Florence Jean Retzke on February 3, 1951. He was formerly employed with Oakridge Gardens as a Supervisor for several years. He also was employed with Azco as a steamfitter and St Mary's church in the maintenance department. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Appleton and the American Legion Post 258 of Little Chute. Chester was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed going to the Oneida Casino, fishing, bird watching, bowling, boating, dancing and gardening. But most of all he loved being a part of his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's life's.

Chester is lovingly survived by his six children, Cheryl (David) Butler, Dianne (Brian) Schommer, Wayne (Jeanne) Wachowiak, Randy (Lisa) Wachowiak, Glenn (Jennifer) Wachowiak, all of Appleton and Ricky Wachowiak and special friend (Anna), Bowman, MT; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Helen Olson, Stevens Point. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence in 1996, a son, Paul, and three brothers and two sisters.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:30 am Friday, January 4, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 222 E. Fremont Street Appleton, with Rev. Donald Zuleger officiating. Full Military Honors will be performed following the service. Inurnment will be in the Star of Hope Mausoleum, Appleton. Chester's family will receive relatives and friends at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of the mass.

A memorial fund is being established in Chester's name. Online condolences may be made at: www.valleyfh.com.

If ever a story needed to be told your recollection of any event added such flair and humor. We are truly going to miss your warm smile and tender heart. While you weren't the most doting father, each one of us children knew how much you loved us and the value of family. You are now reunited with mom and your son Paul. Thank you for keeping their memories alive and loving them even in death. Yes, we know the angels are going to thoroughly enjoy having you. "Believe It".

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Jan. 2, 2013
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