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Chester M. Szymecki, Sr.

June 12, 1945 January 22, 2020
Chester M. Szymecki, Sr.
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Obituary for Chester M. Szymecki, Sr.

Chester M. “Chet” Szymecki, Sr., age 74, of Harborcreek, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Erie on June 12, 1945, son of the late Chester and Laura (Pietrowski) Szymecki.

Chet was a 1963 graduate of the former East High School. He served honorably as an Air Traffic Controller in the US Navy and was employed as a medical photographer by St. Vincent Hospital for 25 years. After his retirement, Chet was employed by Erie Country in the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Library System.

Chet was always known for his outgoing personality, sense of humor, and amusing antics. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Church, Gem City Gun Club and a lifetime member of the NRA. Chet was an avid Jeep enthusiast, enjoyed off-roading in his yellow Wrangler and shooting of all types (targets, photography). His free time was often spent listening to music, making his trademark Chicken Noodle Soup and sipping on bourbon. But above all else, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Leo and Theresa Ignasiak and brothers-in-law: Bob Kaczenski, Sr., Tom Liebel and Pete Alex, Sr.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 53 years, Susan C. (Ignasiak) Szymecki; three children: Chester M. Szymecki, Jr. of Yorktown, VA, Julie K. Manson (Kirk) of Pittsburgh and Michael L. Szymecki (Kelly) of Seattle, WA; two sisters, Charlotte Brennan (John) of Columbus, OH and Barbara Alex of Erie; seven grandchildren: Kiersten, Katy and Chet Szymecki III, Tori, Abbie and Jake Manson and Alex Szymecki; four sisters-in-law: Gloria Kaczenski, Leona Liebel and Maria Izbicki all of Erie and Cheryl Puntil (Ron) of Pittsburgh; a brother-in-law, Leo Ignasiak of Erie and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are warmly invited to call at the Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 5151 Buffalo Rd. (at Hannon Rd. in Harborcreek Twp.), on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend the Funeral Service there on Saturday at 11 a.m. to be conducted by Rev. Msgr. Gerald T. Ritchie. Memorial contributions may be designated to the family to be distributed to Our Lady of Mercy Church and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Visitation

Friday

24

Jan

2:00 PM 1/24/2020 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 1/24/2020 4:00:00 PM
Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

5151 Buffalo Road
(at Hannon Rd. in Harborcreek Twp.)
Erie, PA 16510

Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
5151 Buffalo Road Erie 16510 PA
United States

Visitation

Friday

24

Jan

6:00 PM 1/24/2020 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/24/2020 8:00:00 PM
Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

5151 Buffalo Road
(at Hannon Rd. in Harborcreek Twp.)
Erie, PA 16510

Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
5151 Buffalo Road Erie 16510 PA
United States

Service

Saturday

25

Jan

11:00 AM 1/25/2020 11:00:00 AM
Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

5151 Buffalo Road
(at Hannon Rd. in Harborcreek Twp.)
Erie, PA 16510

The Funeral Service will be conducted by the Rev. Msgr. Gerald T. Ritchie, Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy R. C. Church.

Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
5151 Buffalo Road Erie 16510 PA
United States

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