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March 24, 1920 – Jan. 10, 2014

Chester W. Jarosz, of Lackawanna, a World War II veteran who participated in the final invasion at Okinawa, Japan, and was a longtime captain in the Lackawanna Fire Department, died Friday in Autumn View Health Care. He was 93.

Born in Lackawanna, Mr. Jarosz was a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area.

He was a U.S. Coast Guard coxswain and served during World War II in the Pacific.

He later went on to work for the Fire Department in Lackawanna from 1951 until his retirement in 1983, including the last 21 years as a fire captain. He was certified in arson training from Rutgers University.

Mr. Jarosz also worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna for 22 years.

Mr. Jarosz was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, where he was once named Man of the Year. He served there as a Holy Name Society member and as treasurer.

Mr. Jarosz also served as a bingo worker for four decades and helped run the spring and fall dances at the parish.

Mr. Jarosz is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Stella Fabin; a daughter, Ann Marie Nowak; a son, David; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Queen of Angels Church, 144 Warsaw St., Lackawanna.

The Mass will be preceded by a 10:15 prayer service in Joseph M. Litwin Funeral Home, 1629 Electric Ave., Lackawanna.