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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166
Chester Raflik

Chester "Chet" Raflik

Tuesday, July 21st, 1942 - Friday, November 6th, 2020
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Chester "Chet" Raflik, age 78, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2020, at Northridge Memory Center, surrounded by family. Born on July 21, 1942, in Stevens Point, he was the son of Joe and Dorothy (Shuda) Raflik. He was a member of one of the first graduating classes '60, of Pacelli High School. At the age of 17, he joined the National Guard. He worked numerous jobs throughout his life but ended up retiring with over 40 years as a self-employed drywaller. At one point, all of his five sons worked the business with him.

Chet married his elementary school sweetheart, Darlene Trzinski, on October 24, 1961, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Stevens Point. They were happily married for 59 years. Immediately after, Chet was relocated to Tacoma, Washington to train for the Berlin Crisis. Thankfully, the crisis was resolved before Chet had to be deployed to combat. While there, Chet and Darlene’s first of five boys, Kevin, was born. The couple went on to have four more boys: Kenny, Johnny, Jerry, and David. Chet always said he grew up alongside his kids as he had five boys in seven years.

Chet’s hobbies and interests were many, but his pride in his Polish heritage surpasses them all. Chet’s passion for polka music was one of his most well-known attributes. Chet taught himself how to play the concertina, and from there, was able to teach himself to play multiple instruments; all while never receiving any official musical training, nor being able to read sheet music. Each Christmas when the grandkids were little, Chet would get out his concertina and wrangle up any of the kids who were currently taking music lessons to play some Christmas carols to entice Santa (usually a brother in costume) to come bring the gifts. Chet later used this talent for playing polka music by forming a polka band named Pan Czesiu, playing his concertina at local nursing homes, and even providing polkas for his oldest granddaughter’s wedding. Chet also loved anything with his hands, such as gardening, woodworking, and just being a handyman, fixing anything that needed fixing. He also made a point to give back by volunteering at church picnics; serving as a board member of SPYBA, the St. Joe’s parish council, and Pacelli Athletic Board; coaching youth sports; and leading Cub Scouts. Chet also took Polish lessons so he could talk with some of the nursing home residents that he played concertina for.

Anyone that knew Chet knows he was the life of the party. His energy, storytelling, and smart aleck comments made him a bright spot in any gathering. Chet loved the outdoors and spent countless hours snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, camping, taking trips to Canada, and enjoying time at the family cottage up north. Chet could always be found in the bleachers or auditorium of whatever extracurricular activities his kids and grandkids were involved in. He made spending time with family a priority and instilled many life lessons for them, most notably that God and family were the two most important things in the world, in that order. Chet was the prayer leader of the family and made sure God received the credit before any family gathering or meal. Chet always ended any conversation with his grandkids with, “keep making Grandpa proud.” His love and warmth surrounded his family in all seasons of life.

Chet is survived by his loving wife, Darlene; his five sons Kevin (Mary), Kenny (Ann), John (Robin), Jerry (Suzie), and David; his grandchildren Leah (Paul), Travis, Laura (Paul), Kaitlyn, Hannah, Taylor, Jordan, Michael, Brad, and Haley; his great-grandchildren Elijah (with another on the way); his brothers Jerry (Sharon), Pat, Joe (Jo); his sisters Ann Somers, Aggie Hausman, Kathy (Don) Wisinski, and Dorothy Sankey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his grandson Baby Kenny; his siblings Jimmy, Jack, Joanette; his in-laws Kathy Raflik, Darlene Raflik, Ruth Raflik, Rich Somers, and Bill Sankey.

Friends and relatives will gather to share memories at Shuda Funeral Chapel: Stevens Point on Tuesday, November 10, from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial for Chet will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Parish. Burial with full military honors will be in the Guardian Angel Cemetery following the service. A memorial in lieu of flowers will be established in his name for the Pacelli Athletic Association.

Chet's family wished to thank Ascension Home Hospice Care and North Ridge Memory Care for their kind and gentle care of Chet.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Shuda Funeral Chapel
    Address
    3200 Stanley Street
    STEVENS POINT, WI 54481
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    Address
    1709 Wyatt Ave
    STEVENS POINT, WI 54481
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    Officiant
    Rev. Jeffrey Hennes
  • Interment

    Location
    Guardian Angel Cemetery
    Address
    3241 Prais Street
    STEVENS POINT, WI 54481
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Leroy Kazmierczak

Posted at 08:34am
These words of deepest sympathy are sent with the hope that, as time goes by, cherished memories will help bring you inner peace, and make Chet seem still very close to you.
May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart.
With Caring Thoughts,
Marge and Leroy "Kaz" Kazmierczak
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Susan Busse

Posted at 06:23pm
My condolences to your family. I keep him and you in my prayers. Susan Busse
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Frank & Lisa Pisarski

Posted at 09:33pm
Our sympathies to the entire Raflik family. Frank, Lisa, Sydney & Andrea Pisarski
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Randy Rockman

Posted at 06:09pm
So sorry to hear of Chets passing. I remember him and my dad coaching me and his sons on the medics little league team. He always had positive things to say. Know that you all will be in my prayers.

Mike Shafranski

Posted at 04:34pm
Sorry to hear of Chet’s passing. One of my all time favorites to share a Point with. The campfire in the sky just got a little louder with Robert, Jim and Chet taking their seats. Always had fun with him!
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