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Francis C. Chesko


1924 - 2020
Francis C. Chesko Obituary

Mr. Francis C. Chesko, 96, of Mahanoy City, passed away Nov. 24, 2020, at home surrounded by his beloved family.

Born Jan. 23, 1924, Francis was a son of the late Frank and Helen (Bielet) Chesko, and a graduate of Mahanoy Township High School, Class of 1942.

Francis served in the Army in World War II. He landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France, one day after D-Day. He later served with the Army's 7th Armored Division and fought in five major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944-January 1945). His military decorations included a Purple Heart Medal for wounds received at La Haye-du-Puit, France, a European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. After three years in the service and rising to the rank of sergeant, he was discharged in 1945. As a civilian, Francis worked as a shovel operator for several years, and with wife, Rose, owned Chesko's Fabrics, where he also worked as a sewing-machine mechanic from 1954 to 1989.

Preceding Francis in death were his parents, his beloved wife of 65 years, Rose, and seven brothers and sisters, John, Joseph, Stanley, Charlie, Mary, Anna and Catherine.

He is survived by his daughters, Roseann Hayes and her husband, Gregory, of Red Hill, Susan Kester and her husband, Mark, of Mahanoy City; a son, Jim Chesko and his wife, Linda, of Robbinsville, N.J.; a sister, Helen Laureti, of Langhorne; grandchildren, Patrick, Christopher and Eric Hayes, Amy Marnell and her husband, Jeff, and Jennifer and Brian Chesko; great-grandchildren, Allison Marnell and Kiley and Samantha Hayes; nieces and nephews.

Services will be privately held with interment in German Protestant Cemetery, Mahanoy Township. A celebration of Francis' life will be held in the future. Contributions in his name to Battle of the Bulge Inc., P.O. Box 330, Mechanicsville, VA 23111-0330, would be appreciated by the family. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home, Mahanoy City, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.jarrettfuneralhome.com for more information or to sign the guest book.


Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 25, 2020
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