Monsignor Chester A. Gajewski, a resident of Villa St. Joseph, Dunmore, died on Friday, May 2, 2014.
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Monsignor Gajewski, son of the late Louis Joseph and Mary Zlotowski Gajewski, was born in Nanticoke on March 3, 1926. He received his early education at St. Mary's School, Nanticoke, and graduated from Nanticoke High School. Monsignor Gajewski received his A.B. from Mount Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Mich., in 1946. He completed his studies for the priesthood at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich., and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950, in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, Pa., by the Most Reverend William J. Hafey, D.D., late bishop of Scranton.
Monsignor Gajewski served as assistant pastor at Transfiguration, West Hazleton, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Scranton, Sacred Hearts, Dupont, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Dunmore. He was appointed director of the Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, on Sept. 10, 1968, and served in that capacity until his appointment as administrator of St. Michael's Church in Olyphant in 1971. Monsignor was appointed as pastor of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Scranton, on Sept. 4, 1973.
Monsignor Gajewski was named a Prelate of Honor by His Holiness, Pope Pius VI, on Sept. 22, 1973. Along with his pastoral duties, he served as a diocesan consultor, as moderator of the Diocesan Councils of Catholic Men and Catholic Women and chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Junior Catholic Daughters. He was a chaplain for the Boy Scouts of America, and coordinated a campaign for federal tax credit legislation.
Monsignor Gajewski is survived by his nephew, the Rev. Jerry Prusakowski, O.F.M. He was also preceded in death by his brother, the Rev. Leonard Gajewski; and his sisters, Stella Prusakowski and Leona Cieplick.
Viewing will take place at Transfiguration Church, 213 W. Green St., West Hazleton, Pa., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A vigil Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Transfiguration Church, West Hazleton.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. James C. Timlin, D.D., bishop emeritus of Scranton, on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Transfiguration Church, West Hazleton. Viewing will also take place Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Nanticoke.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, Dunmore, Pa.
Albert P O'Donnell Funeral Home
2025 Green Ridge St Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on May 6, 2014