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Chester "Chet" C. Zarozinski

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/

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Peggy, So sorry to hear about Chet's death.You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Peggy Melanson Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

Dear ,
I am sorry to learn of Chet's passing. I will offer Mass for Chet and Michael, and keep you and your family in my prayer.
Fr.John Horgan

Fr. John Horgan Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Chet's passing. I always enjoyed seeing him for PT at Heywood. Such a sweet man. You are in my thoughts, so sorry for your loss

Chris Cormier Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Peggy and Family, i wanted to send you all lots of love and a big hug. I was so very sorry to hear about Chets death. I know he has not been feeling well for a while and that was frustrating to him.
I have two of Chets postcard photos at my home. I love them and think of Chet whenever I walk by. One was a very special gift from Chet when I moved into my own first home. I also remember Chet when he was a security guard up at MWCC and I was a student. Sending you my deepest sympathy.
Love, Denise Fournier

Denise Fournier Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

I'm sorry to learn of Chet's passing. I sure that Michael was at the gates of heaven to welcome him home. I will offer Mass for Chet and Michael, and keep you and your family in prayer.
Fr. John Horgan

Fr. John Horgan Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

To the family. I am so sorry to hear of Chet's passing. I was once the copy center manager at Staples in Gardner and Chet always had a project going on. What a guy. I'll never forget the day he came in and announced he was going to be a Grandfather, he was so excited and then she was born, the most beautiful baby in the entire world !! My oldest son is a commercial fisherman and my youngest a photographer so he always asked what they were up to. along with my daughter Peggi (Easy name for him to remember) He was a part of my 'Staples Family" and it was a sad day when I moved south and had to say good-bye.He gave me a cherished gift on my last day ~ A plaque that is stitched FRIENDS that has a place of honor in my den.He touched my life in a way I will never forget. His love for his family was very apparent ~ May memories comfort all of you during this difficult time. May you rest in eternal peace my friend.

Sue Clegg Mar 31 2020 12:00 AM