Chester W. Operacz

Born: Fri., Jun. 6, 1919
Died: Thu., Nov. 8, 2012


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 12, 2012
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Nov. 13, 2012
Location: St. Hyacinth Catholic Church

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Chester W. Operacz, age 93, passed away on Thursday November 8, 2012 at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek where he resided. Chester was born in Toledo on June 6, 1919, the son of Joseph and Mary (Grochowalski) Operacz.
     He was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School and spent many years as a machinist in the tool and die trade. He worked part time for the U. S. Postal Service and had been the janitor for St. Hyacinth Catholic Church. Chester retired as a locksmith for the University of Toledo, a position he truly enjoyed.
     He served his country as a Sgt. in the U. S. Army during WWII in the Southern Philippines, Luzon and New Guinea. Chester liked bowling and golf and he was a member of Logsdon Walla Post #639 Catholic War Veterans and the 14th Ward Old Timers.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Stella (Tarka), daughter Katherine and brothers Casimer, Walter, Alphonse and Tony.
    Surviving are his children Jerome (Sally) Operacz, Patricia (Don) Munkacy and Joseph Operacz; sister Rita (Ralph) Nowak; grandchildren Nichole (John), Charissa (Joe), Madison, Olivia, Kevin (Nicole), Shannon, Stephanie and Michael and great grandchildren Isabelle, Abigail, Gamble, Random, Isaac, Luke, Morgan and Mason.
     Family and friends may visit on Monday from 2-8 p.m. at the W. K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy. where the Logsdon Walla Post # 639 CWV will recite the Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral services will begin with prayers at the mortuary on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Catholic Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
     Tributes in Chester’s memory may be made to the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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Sharon and Dick Elfring
   Posted Sun November 11, 2012
Jerry, and Sally, we send our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your father.
Sharon and Dick

Ralph Baker
   Posted Sun November 11, 2012
I have many good memories of your dad. I’m so sorry for your loss and I will pray for you and family during this time of grieving.

Mark & Barb Dressler
   Posted Mon November 12, 2012
Thank you, for letting us know about Chet''s passing. He had a good run and we all should be so lucky. Meanwhile, finality is always difficult at any stage. You, Jerry and the entire Opreracz family have our hearth-felt condolence.

With love,
mark and barb

Lesley & Karl
   Posted Mon November 12, 2012
Thanks Sal, for the info.
If it were up to me, I'd like to have a choice on how I die. It was good that the family let him make that decision, though I'm sure it was difficult.
I'm sorry for your family's loss. I hope the good memories help make his death a little easier. God bless you and yours. Jerry and his family are in our prayers.
Lesley & Karl Kovacs

Lynda & Eberhard
   Posted Mon November 12, 2012
Dear Sally and Jerry,

We are very sorry to hear about Jerry's Dad. No matter how long the life, the loss of your father is a great loss.

It is good to know that at this sad time you have your family with you.

Love, Lynda and Eberhard

Nadeem Salem
   Posted Mon November 12, 2012
Hi Joe,
I am so sorry for the passing of your father. Please accept my condolences. I am always comforted in these times by the words of Khalil Gibran. I hope you and your family also find comfort in these words:

"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun.
And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered.
Only when you drink from the river of silence, shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And, when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."
Take care of yourself.

   Posted Mon November 12, 2012
I don't have the words but I will try.....

I will always remember Mr. Operacz as a gentle-man, for he was both, gentle and every bit a man. I recall him being infinitely patient, incredibly funny, and very good with his hands.

The better I got to know him, the more there was to like and admire.

My condolences to his family and loved ones.

God's Peace,


   Posted Tue November 13, 2012
My condolences go to your entire family.

I''m sorry for your loss.

Sr. Rosine Sobczak OSF (Diane)
   Posted Wed November 21, 2012
Dear Rita,

I read of your brother's death in the Blade and just wanted to express my sympathy. Losing anyone is difficult. Please know of my prayers for him and for all of you that are left ot bear the loss.

Sr. Rosine (Diane)

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