Chester B. Muroski
1939 - 2020
BORN
1939
DIED
2020
Former Luzerne County Judge Chester B. Muroski, of Bear Creek Village, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at Paoli Hospital where he succumbed to COVID-19.
Born December 30, 1939, in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Chester and Helen Muroski. Chet attended Marymount Elementary and High School and King's College, graduating in 1961. He then matriculated to Temple University School of Law where during his senior year he was elected Chief Justice of the Moot Court. Thereafter, he passed the Pennsylvania bar exam and was admitted to practice before the Philadelphia County Courts in 1966.
Upon returning to Luzerne County in late 1966, he became a legal aid lawyer serving Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre, until 1968 when he became Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Sr.'s first law clerk. In late 1968, he was appointed an assistant district attorney by District Attorney Blythe Evans. He was retained by District Attorney Patrick J. Toole in 1972 and appointed first assistant district attorney in 1976.
While serving as a part time assistant district attorney, he was a solo practitioner and had several solicitor positions. These include solicitorships for Wilkes-Barre City, Wilkes-Barre Township, Wilkes-Barre City Model Cities, and was also general counsel of the Polish Union of the United States of North America. He also served on the adjunct faculty of King's College and Penn State Extension, and was an instructor at the Municipal Police Training Center.
Upon Judge Patrick J. Toole's elevation to the Bench in March of 1978, Chester was appointed district attorney by the unanimous vote of the Court en banc, and thereafter was elected to a full term as district attorney in November 1979. In less than four years as district attorney, he successfully tried five major murder cases in four different counties in Pennsylvania due to change of venue.
In 1981, he defeated an appointed judge for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas. Judge Muroski was retained as judge in 1991 and 2001.
In the wake of the "kids for cash" resignation of the then president judge, he was elected president judge by his remaining colleagues and served until his mandatory retirement at the age of 70. He continued on and served as senior judge until 2017.
In recognition of his extraordinary effort to restore confidence in the Judiciary, Judge Muroski was named Man of the Year in 2009 by the Times Leader newspaper.
Judge Muroski received the President's Award from the Luzerne County Bar Association and also awards from Municipal Police Training Officers, Children's Service Center of Wyoming Valley, Victim's Resource Center, Family Services Association of Wyoming Valley, Fraternal Order of Police, Crime Clinic of Wyoming Valley Inc., Elder Law Committee, and the Special Court Judges of Pennsylvania.
Judge Muroski also received the Governor's Highway Safety Award for a juvenile DUI program which required, as part of the juvenile's disposition, that he or she participate in a community service program with a cooperating hospital at or near the emergency room to see the tragic effects of an automobile accident.
Judge Muroski was a car fanatic and could often be found at classic car shows proudly showing his 1967 Corvette Stingray which he painstakenly restored, and was often rewarded with medals for his showmanship. He also enjoyed cooking, boating and political and local history.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Loretta Shutta Muroski; and his second wife, Cynthia Smith Muroski.
He is survived by his two daughters, Lisa (Lou) Ruzzi, West Chester; and Joy (Robert) Reap, Richmond, Vt.; and a grandson, Thatcher Reap.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.
A celebration of Chester's life will be held after the pandemic has been resolved. In lieu of calling hours, the family has created a memorial web site where friends can post their condolences. Visit chester-b-muroski.forevermissed.com.
Published by Citizens Voice from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, 2020.
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Dear Ann Marie, I am so sorry for you and all of Judge Muroski's family. Though I haven't seen you for a time , I grew up with you and I know of your strong faith and good heart, I believe the heavens will be with you all and comfort you in your loss.
Sharon Chang
Friend
January 5, 2021
A true patriot. Served his beloved community with dignity and honor. Judge Muroski has created a legacy never to be forgotten in the city, state and people he truly loved. On to higher challenges for Judge Muroski.
Walter B Muroski
Acquaintance
January 2, 2021
Lisa and Joy...sorry for your loss. Can you please direct me to Cindy's gravesite?
Lisa Holak
December 29, 2020
Joy and Lisa , we are so sorry for your loss.
Joanna Colleran
December 27, 2020
Lisa and Joy, I was saddened to read of your dads passing. I was Cyndi’s secretary. When I was getting married we were looking for a larger apartment and your dad offered his house on Horton Street. We lived there for 4 years when we bought our first home. He was always kind to me and whenever I was in his company he would make me laugh. May he Rest In Peace.
Linda Kulikowich
Acquaintance
December 27, 2020
Lisa and Joy, I was saddened to read of your dads passing. I was Cyndi’s secretary. When I was getting married we were looking for a larger apartment and your dad offered his house on Horton Street. We lived there for 4 years when we bought our first home. He was always kind to me and whenever I was in his company he would make me laugh. May he Rest In Peace.
Linda Kulikowich
Acquaintance
December 27, 2020
Lisa and Joy, I was saddened to learn of your dads passing. I was Cyndi’s secretary and when I got married we were looking for a larger apartment and your dad offered me his house on Horton Street to rent. We were there for 4 years until we bought our first home. He was kind to me while I worked for Cyndi and always made me laugh when in his company. May he Rest In Peace.
Linda Kulikowich
Acquaintance
December 27, 2020
The Wilkes Barre Guardian Angels send the family their condolences and prayers in this trying time.
Scott Koppenhofer
December 27, 2020
Judge Chester Muroski was an outstanding District Attorney, Judge, family man and friend
I had the pleasure of his company which was always a joy. I had the pleasure of driving his Corvette to an auto show, and always enjoyed his company when he visited me in my Florida home
May he rest in peace
Gordon Burke
Friend
December 26, 2020
In memory of a great man. Rest In Peace.
Joseph Muroski
Acquaintance
December 26, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Austin Peoples sr
Acquaintance
December 26, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the Muroski Family. The Judge was a big part of my life and I will cherish all the memories of him I have forever.
Frank-Camille Glazenski
December 26, 2020
Lisa and Joy
Very sorry to hear about your dad
Am thinking about you
Bonnie Lenahan
December 26, 2020
Lisa and Joy I am so sorry to hear about your dads passing. Am thinking about you, Bonnie
Bonnie Lenahah
December 26, 2020
Joy & Lisa,
I extend my condolences to you both on the passing of your father. May all of your wonderful memories provide you with a sense of healing, peace, and love. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mark Paczewski
Friend
December 26, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are wuth you. Chet was a very kind and thoughtful man, He always remembered his extended family Terea Bilski Petro (cousin) and Lynnae Petro
Teresa Petro
December 26, 2020
Very sorry for your loss prayers and God bless you and your family
Joe Gonda
Acquaintance
December 26, 2020
To Lisa and joy and the muroski Iam so sorry to hear about my old friend Chester we had a lot of great times together at your hous in bear creek band at the carriage stop in your father and mother were great friends he was a great lawyer and judge and a great friend your family will surely miss him he always talked about you girls please except our condolences may my old friend Rest In Peace sincerely jerry bonner family
Jerry Bonner
December 25, 2020
I got to really know Chet and Ann Marie. Both great people. I will miss Chet. We could not get together this year, but last summer we spent a day boating on Lake Hopatcong, it was extremely enjoyable.
Ann Marie, may I express our great sadness. I would like everyone to know what a wonderful person you are and how well you have taken care of Chet over the last several years. You are a godsend.
Nick Arnone
December 25, 2020
Another one of my old time friends has passed. More of my friends passed in 2020 than any previous year. Sad to hear Judge Muroski is gone, he was a true friend of mine. Fond memories of him coming to our bar, John's cafe in Edwardsville in the 1970's to play shuffleboard with our friends. " One of the good guys we will remember ".
John Cordora
December 25, 2020
Dearest Lisa and Joy, so thankful that you were both there caring for your Dad in his final weeks, showering him with the love and comfort he needed with your presence. I know that those final reunion weeks were medicine for his soul - and yours ! Your mother would have been proud of you both. May he rest in peace, and may his passing give you both the "peace that surpasses all understanding."
Aunt Lorrane
December 25, 2020
My thoughts, prayers, and sincere sympathy are extended to the Muroski family.
Rita Molino
December 25, 2020
Condolences to the family. Judge Muroski was kind enough to swear me in as District Attorney.
Correale Stevens
December 25, 2020
My wife and I were just two of the many that had the opportunity to stand before your father. His decision touched our hearts and still resonates 28 years later. Please know that you and your Families will be in our thoughts and Prayers!

Denise Sarah and Gail Vonderheid
Bell County Texas
December 25, 2020
My wife and I were just two who stood before your father while living in Northeast Pennsylvania. His decision touched our lives and still resonates 28 years later.
Please know that you and your families will be in our thoughts and Prayers!

Denise, Sarah and Gail Vonderheid
Bell County Texas
December 25, 2020
Dear Mrs Ann Marie Muroski,
I am very sorry to learn of the passing of your husband. The love & admiration you shared is a blessing. You took excellent care of Chet always. God bless Chet's soul. God bless you during this time of mourning. Sincerely, Deborah Pride
Bear Creek Village
Debrah Pride
December 25, 2020
Dearest Ann Marie, Sending our sincerest sympathy to you at this time. May he rest in peace. You were an amazing caregiver.
Linda Andes
December 25, 2020
Chester was a great man and loved the ladies. I was one of his favorites. He often would visit his bar the White House and shoot the breeze with the fellows. Chet loved his fancy cars and kept them clean as the board of health. May Chet Rest In Peace with the Lord.
Mary Adams
Friend
December 25, 2020
I am ever blessed to have known such a more magnificent man and his wonderful children...Lisa and Joy...So very strong , true ,righteous and compassionate...My prayers and heart are with you...Always,
Very truly,sincerely,
Anna Maria Hanchulak
December 25, 2020
Chester was a long-time, true friend. Our deepest sympathies to Lisa, Joy, and families. Prayers for all.
Bernie and Susan Mengeringhausen
Friend
December 24, 2020
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