Chester "Chet" Chodoronek
Piasecki Funeral Home
3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI
Chester Chet Chodoronek

1927 - 2013

Chester Chet Chodoronek, 85, of Kenosha, died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at his residence, with his family by his side.

Born in Kenosha on May 28, 1927, he was the son of the late Anton and Caroline (Tregar) Chodoronek.

Chet served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1947. He reenlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and for 30 years, he served as a Senior Master Sargent E.O.D. during the Korean War and Vietnam War, retiring in 1966. Chet proudly received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Senior Master E.O.D., WWII Theatre Medal, Korean War Medal and the Vietnam Medal.

On Nov. 8, 1952, at St. Marguerites Catholic Church in Toolee, UT, he was united in marriage to his love, Joan J. Haber. After 60 years of marriage, Joan preceded him in death on June 16, 2012.

Before serving in the Army, Chet was employed at American Brass Company. After his retirement from the Army Air Corps, Chet was again employed with American Brass Company.

He attended Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the former St. Casimir Catholic Church. Chet was the founder of the Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans and served with its Honor Guard for many years. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Junker-Ball Post #1865, P.L.A.V. James Smelcer Post #34 and Kenosha Moose Lodge #286.

Chet is survived by his four children, Mark (Kay) and Steve (Chris) Chodoronek, Linda (Rick) Mulder and Julie Chodoronek; his seven grandchildren, Patrick Patton, Michael Chodoronek, Ashley Chodoronek, Matthew Chodoronek, Merissa Modory, Chad Chodoronek and Christopher Marshall; and his two great grandchildren, Alysha M. Patton and Liam Marshall.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Rygiel; and his sister, Genevieve Kroll.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Monday, Jan. 21, from 12 noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to the Salvation Army, 3116 75th Street, Kenosha, WI 53142 or the Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard, 2720 88th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144, would be appreciated.

Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home

3720 39th Avenue

Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144


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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Uncle Chet and Aunt Joan were always fun to visit with each Christmas Day in the Schackmuth home in Pleasant Prairie, WI. They would always come to visit to talk and laugh with everyone. This is one of my happy memories of Uncle Chet. And I can still see my Grandma-Genevieve Kroll - Chet's sister, giving him a hug and a kiss each Christmas Day. My Uncle Chet, not to be forgotten!
Ruth Anne Milstead
January 15, 2020
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Ruth Anne (Schackmuth) Milstead
February 14, 2013
May the great spirits bless and keep you safe and know that when the rainbows smile it is your mom and dad smiling down upon you! much love!!!
Todd and Bonny Haber
January 24, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
A J Lindsey
January 22, 2013
Steve and Family, I am saddened by the news of Your Fathers Passing. I would have loved to be there with You, But I am out of Town for a couple of weeks. Please know that I am there in spirit. Tom Corradini
January 20, 2013
We will miss you, Uncle Chet! For the families - Mark, Steven, Linda & Julie -- I'm sorry for your loss with your father. I will miss him and I'm sure he and(Aunt)Joanie are retiring well with Our Heavenly Father. Peace and comfort to all of you at this time. My memories of visiting with Chet & Joanie make me smile and remember the meaning of family. Love, Ruth and husband-Richard
Ruth Anne & Richard Milstead (Schackmuth)
January 20, 2013
I will always remember Chet for the great neighbor he was.
My deepest sympathys to his family
Joseph Renkas
January 20, 2013
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