Tupelo - After a long, well lived and fulfilled life of over 9 decades, Chester J. Stasko transformed from his earthly pilgrimage to Paradise on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm from Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Born on October 16, 1927 in Petersburg, Michigan to the late Frank and Victoria Kudla Stasko, Chester grew up there and entered the U. S. Navy in post World War II where he served in peacetime. Chester met and married Alice Rohrbach on Jan. 27, 1951- an enduring love affair that lasted 67 years. After honorably discharging home, he farmed the family farm and began a career with Tecumseh Industries which lasted over 40 years. He was transferred from the Tecumseh plant in Michigan to the Tupelo Operation in 1976 and retired in 1989 as Superintendent of the Machine Shop. Chet, as he was commonly known, enjoyed his family and people everywhere. An avid conversationalist, he enjoyed storytelling. He loved the outdoors, the woods, his yard, hunting and fishing. He was a master at raising a plentiful garden year in and out and generous with the produce thereof. Chet and Alice were active in the local VFW where he is a past Quartermaster and were faithful parishioners at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo where he spent countless hours keeping the yard well manicured and dignified.
Mass will be recited on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo with Father Tim Murphy officiating. His remains will rest in the St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery in Petersburg, Michigan. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends.
Chet leaves his wife of 67 years, Alice Rohrbach Stasko of Tupelo; his sons, Michael “Mike” Stasko and his wife, Wendy of Dundee, Michigan and Chester “Chet” Stasko, Jr. and his wife Cathy of Tupelo. His grandchildren, Alyssa Stasko Crawley (Austin), Joshua Stasko, Jennifer Stasko Wilson (Justin) and David Stasko. One great grandchild, Gabriel Crawley. A host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Samuel Stasko in 1989 and 7 siblings.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802. Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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We just heard this afternoon, so sorry to hear, our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
Submitted by Mike & Shelia Van Camp on Apr 23 2018 05:07:06 PM
So sorry for the loss of Chet. He and Alice were such good friends to my Mom and Dad. And they took me in and treated me like a good friend also.
Submitted by Sandra Kingsley Curtis on Apr 23 2018 11:54:16 AM
So sorry for your loss. I remember when I lived in Lee Acres down the street seeing Chester and Alice working in their garden. It took up most of their yard and it was always plentiful and beautiful. Definitely, had a green thumb. Both of them very sweet people, Your family is in my thoughts and prayers...Debbie Stevens
Submitted by Debbie Stevens on Apr 23 2018 10:53:55 AM
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Please know our prayers are with you.
Dickie Rhea, Chaplain
Submitted by Dickie Rhea on Apr 23 2018 09:58:40 AM
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