Chester ‘Chet’ Zarozinski, 80, of Gardner, MA died peacefully on March 28, 2020 after battling a long illness.
Born on July 16, 1939 in Gardner, MA. Chet was a 1957 graduate of Gardner High School. He later went on to graduate from Worcester Junior College in 1959 with a degree in electrical engineering.
After graduation Chet began a successful career in several area businesses. Chet worked at Union Twist Drill (UTD) for 28 years. After their closing, Chet transitioned into the role of campus police officer at Mount Wachusett Community College. There he spent 18 years patrolling the campus and building many meaningful relationships. Additionally, Chet worked part time at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area for 19 years. One of his most cherished honors was being the first attendant to run the summit lift.
Chet was an active member in the community and within several associations. From AARP, Golden Ages, The Retired State Employees Association, Retired Massachusetts State Police Association and more, he would often meet friends for lunch, day trips, and comradely. Chet took a lead role in planning his class reunions and held close friendships with many of his Gardner High School classmates.
Chet was an avid post card collector and framed many of his favorites that he shared with people throughout the region. Beveled glass frames and pieces of history always brought him great happiness that he strived to share with others. He enjoyed flea marketing and yard sales, always finding treasures that brought him joy. Chet had great love and compassion for family and tremendous love for his two granddaughters.
Chet leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Zarozinski of Worcester, MA, his son and daughter-in-law Christopher and Victoria Zarozinski, of Westminster, MA, his beloved granddaughters Julia and Claire, and several brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Chet is preceded by his parents Chester and Dora Zarozinski of Gardner, MA and his son Michael Zarozinski, of South Deerfield, MA.
Chet’s family will hold a Mass and Celebration of Life at a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers Chet’s family requests a donation in his name be made to one of the following organizations: GVNA Health Care- Hospice, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440, or GVNA Health Care- Diaper Pantry, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440 https://www.gvnahealthcare.org/