Chester B. Chrzanowski, 89, of Wilkes-Barre, was called by our Lord on Saturday at Celtic Hospice Community Center after a prolonged illness.
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He was born in Reading, on Sept. 17, 1923, to the late John and Agnes ( Jarecki) Chrzanowski. He attended high school in Plains and also went to Wilkes College. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in the Military Police and was in the European Campaign. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Wilkes-Barre, where he worked at the Grand Union and then at Old River Road Bakery, where he became well known for his baking and cake decorating skills, giving many cake decorating demonstrations around the area. He attended The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and he was a culinary artist. He was an active member of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church and was a tireless worker. "Call Chet" was all you needed to know to get work done. He was the beloved scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 68 and gave not only his weeknights to meetings but his vacation time to scout camp and church affairs. Truly a devoted father and leader .
In 1975, he and his wife, Ruth (Morrash), moved to Lancaster, where he taught baking and decorating at Thaddeus Stevens Trade School. He also earned his master's degree with night classes at Penn State. In 1989, Chet retired and returned to Wilkes-Barre. He returned to his active role in the church and received a Meritorious Service Award from the Antiochian Archdiosese. He enjoyed fishing and baseball, and was an avid photographer. "Uncle Chet," as he was known by everyone, will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth; sons, John and Robert; daughter, Millie; and grandson, Jon David Rogers. He also has one sister, Mary (Perich), and several nieces and nephews.
Chet was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph, and a sister, Bernie (Cybulski) Ritsick.
The Chrzanowski family wish to thank General Hospital, Manor Care and Celtic Hospice for their care and compassion, and all of the doctors who worked so hard to try and bring him home.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. in St Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church. Interment will be at the parish cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Those who desire may give memorial contributions to St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.
Published in Times Leader on June 24, 2013