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
Online Condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com
Published by Kenosha News on Jan. 20, 2013.