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May 16, 2013
John G. "Chiz" Chizmar, 90, a Saint Clair barber for 75 years, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Chizmar, Arnots Addition, Saint Clair, died Thursday.
He was born in Humanie, Czechslovakia. John came to this country when he was 7 years old.
One of his most memorable days was the day he became a U.S. citizen.
Mr. Chizmar served his country in the Army for four years in World War II. John was stationed in Italy for three years, and was in the first occupational troop of Japan. John never took a furlough in his four years of service to the country. He was a medic in the service.
Mr. Chizmar began his professional career as a barber with Mr. John Matsko, Saint Clair. John also was trained as a stylist and graduated from the Roffler Academy. He was an established consultant for New Man Hair Replacement products and services. John trained and introduced 16 apprentices to the barber profession. John rarely missed a day of work.
A proclamation applauding his 75 years as a Saint Clair businessman was bestowed upon him by the Saint Clair mayor and borough council on Dec. 1, 2012.
John gave his last haircut on March 26. The words "You're next" will no longer be heard and the "Tom Thumb Chair", where hundreds of children received their first haircut will remain empty.
John was a member of and past president of the Saint Clair Hunting Club. He served as past president of Saint Clair Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society. He was a former member of Saint Clair Fish & Game, Arnot's Sport & Game Club, Saint Clair Lions Club, a member of the West End Fire Company, Saint Clair, and a member of the Slovak Sokel Society.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Saint Clair.
John was an avid participant in many charitable functions and fundraisers. John helped many people when they were "down and out."
He received the county recognition for a faithful voting record of 50 years.
John was an avid sportsman and fisherman. His favorite pastime, however, was spending time with his family. John was a blessing in their lives, taught them a strong work ethic and by his actions and words taught his family to be loving, kind and religious. He was truly a blessing in their lives and he will always live on in their memories and hearts.
John was married to the late Dorothy Melish Chizmar.
John has three children, the Rev. Msgr. John Chizmar, Lake Harmony, Diana Gabardi, wife of Max Gabardi Jr., Pottsville, and Doris Chizmar, Saint Clair. He has three granddaughters, Tara Grochowski, Pottsville, Emily Sanzone, New Jersey, and Megan Gabardi, New Jersey. He has four great-grandchildren, Kali and Cole Grochowski, Tyler Sanzone and Chloe Tucker.
Calling hours will be held from 8 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church, Saint Clair. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Msgr. John G. Chizmar officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Saint Clair. The family would prefer donations toward the funeral arrangements. James H. Evans Funeral Home Inc., Saint Clair, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Republican & Herald from May 18 to May 19, 2013