Chester B. Zyskowski 89, Woodstock, died Saturday July 15, 2017, peacefully in his sleep.
He was born May 14, 1928, to Nikodem and Cecilia (Grabowski) Zyskowski in Chicago.
On Oct. 8, 1955, he married Jean Sochacki.
He went to parochial school in Chicago at St. Brono Elementary School, and St. Rita High School. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He graduated from Ferris College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and registered pharmacist certification. He managed the pharmacy in the K-Mart store in Woodstock for many years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Woodstock.
Before moving to the Woodstock area, he served as president of the homeowners association at Foster Harlem in Chicago. He was a member of the P.A.P.A. and the Woodstock Moose where he called the bingo games for many years. He was also an active member of the Woodstock VFW. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years. He worked to bring the Dick Tracy Days celebration back to Woodstock. He was a contestant on the T.V. show Wheel of Fortune and an avid Cubs fan. He was loved and will be missed.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Cliff (Becky) and Phillip (Jean) Zyskowski; a daughter, Judith Marie Zyskowski; six grandchildren, Jared (Lisa) Zystro, Mindy, Joseph, Nicholas, Sam and Jackson; and a great-grandchild, Toby Zystro.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Diane; two brothers, Cornelius “Joe” and Stanley “Edmund”; and three sisters, Mary, Gertrude and Cecilia.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock, with a liturgical wake service at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.
Donations to the Woodstock VFW would be appreciated.