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Chet Stasik (Chester J.)

Obituary for Chet Stasik (Chester J.)

January 27, 1926 - February 20, 2020
Brooklyn, Ohio | Age 94

Cherished Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather

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Chet Stasik (Chester J.) died peacefully at the age of 94 the morning of February 20, 2020 with a hospice aide at his bedside. He was surrounded by caring family the previous day into the wee hours of night who came to sit with and bless him as he moved through his final hours on this earth. Everyone who knew Chet will remember his playfulness, engaging sense of humor, gentle kindness, humility and passion for living. He was an anchor, devoted to his family, his country and the Catholic faith.

Chet was born on January 27, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio to Stella (Kopacz) and Frank Stasik. He was the youngest, with three older sisters: Irene, Janet and Eleanor. He grew up on the near west side, close to the West Side Market where his mother would take him shopping and above the valley where he would eventually work as an accountant for 30 years at Republic Steel.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corp after finishing high school, where he was stationed in the Phillipines and translated code during World War II. He received the message for his unit that the war was over. He graduated with a BBA in 1951 from Fenn College (Cleveland State University) on the GI Bill.

Chet met Eleanor A. Kirkham at a roller rink. They were married on September 19, 1954. Pennie was their first baby, born the following July. They moved to Brooklyn, Ohio before the family grew with the birth of Steven, Laura, Barbara and Leslie.

Chet was always busy, investing in the people and activities that he loved. An inveterate family man, we all spent joyful decades with him going on annual summer vacations throughout the United States in the station wagon, staying in cabins, swimming in pools at Holiday Inns, as well as making many day trips. We children remember countless trips to the Amish country, Kingwood Center, Holiday Sands, Huntington Beach where he would charge out and belly slam into the water, and the ever-thrilling Cedar Point. He took pleasure in the falling snow with the pure glee of a child, taking us sled riding at Tiedeman Road hill, building snowmen or pulling us on a sled down the street just to be out in it. People who knew him would remember how much he loved to putter around in the yard, picking and canning fruit, picnicking and walking in the woods where he would scour the forest floor for that day's walking stick.

Chet was a source of frolic and laughter at home, too, where he would joke and play with words. We remember the excitement when he put on marching music, normal house rules suspended, while we trailed along behind him, over the couch, out the front door, in through the back door, all keeping time to the music. He enjoyed card games, board games, word games, and did dozens and dozens of craft projects with his kids. When he danced the polka, he danced with fervor, whooping, stamping and twirling each of his daughters and wife around until we were laughing and dizzy. He took us shopping at the West Side Market, to visit Gramma Stasik and Aunt Helen, and brought us skipping to church on Sundays.

He and Eleanor enjoyed years of service and friendships as members of the Third Order of Saint Francis. He attended Mass daily and served as a Eucharistic minister, lector, and sang in the church choir, first at Corpus Christi and later St. Bridget of Kildare.

Among his other interests, Chet was an avid reader. He and Eleanor loved square and round dancing and playing bridge every week, in which he eventually became a Life Master. In retirement, Chet enjoyed painting and woodworking. He made furniture pieces and wooden puzzles that are enduring gifts to his children and grandchildren.

Sadly for all of us, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease which ultimately took his life. He relished music until the end, singing, tapping to or otherwise responding to Edelweiss, Goodnight Irene, Blue Danube Waltz, 76 Trombones and God Bless America.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 66 years, Eleanor; children Pennie O'Grady (Mick), Steve Stasik (Sandy), Laura Stasik, Barbara Stoffers, and Leslie Connors; grandchildren Moya, Damon, Matthew, Michael (Kim), Leigh Ann, Julie, Brittany, Nicholas, Kayla, Maya, Christian, Joshua, and Gabriel; great grandchildren Jaxson, Mason, Brinlee, JJ, Bryson, Cortney, Nathan, Mykel, and Alani; and his devoted sister-in-law, Ann Wilson (Ted).

He was preceded in death by parents Frank and Stella, and sisters Irene, Janet, and Eleanor.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Alzheimer's Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, February 27, at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 32929 Lake Road, Avon Lake. Burial to follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Avon. Services will be officiated by Father Ronald Wearsch. Family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday, February 26, from 4-8 pm at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon-Belden Road, Avon Lake, 440-933-3202.
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