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Chester S. Buchalski, 86, of Gasport, NY, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, passed from this life on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Sisters of Charity Hospital. Born on August 26, 1931 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Stephen and Felicia (Nicpon) Buchalski.
Mr. Buchalski was raised and spent most of his life in Niagara Falls, until he recently moved to Gasport. Chester served in the National Gaurd from 1947 until he enlisted in the United States Navy on June 7, 1949, during the Korean War, stationed aboard the USS Bronson and was honorably discharged on March 13, 1953. He was employed and retired from Carborundum, which later became Washington Mills, as a forklift operator.
Mr. Buchalski was a communicant of the former Holy Trinity Church in Niagara Falls as well as Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Barker. Chester was a longtime member of the American Legion Portage Post #1465 and also served as an auxiliary police officer. He enjoyed having coffee regularly with his fellow retirees from Carborundum, walking and reading.
Mr. Buchalski is survived by his children, Christopher (Linda) Buchalski, Theresa (late Brian) (John) Tracz-King, Lorraine (late Wayne) Parker, Victor (Jenn) Buchalski and Cindy (David) Andrews; grandchildren, Daniel (Amanda) Tracz, Lisa Fritz, Adam Fritz, Victor A. Buchalski and Michelle Parker and a great-grandchild, Parker Tracz. Chester is also survived by brothers, Henry (Carol) Buchalski, Walter (late Dorothy) Buchalski and Ted (late Stella) Buchalski and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his former spouse, Rita Martel; his companion, Nancy Flynn and siblings, Stella (late Elmer) Mauer, Felix (late Florence) Buchalski, John (late Mary) Buchalski, Matt (late Angie) Buchalski and Leo (late Felicia) Buchalski.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 3-7 p.m. in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY, where a funeral service will be held on Friday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Jacek Mazur officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY, concluding with military honors.
Arrangements are under the direction of Michael R. Goodlander, Otto Redanz Funeral Home. Please visit www.goodlandercares.com for online condolences.