Chester D. “Chet” Brilowski, Stevens Point, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Chester was born July 19, 1927, in the Town of Hull, son of Joseph, Sr. and Josephine (Jurgella) Brilowski. He attended Pulaski School, St. Stanislaus, and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1945. Chet worked on the family farm, and delivered milk from house to house for Brilowski Dairy. He served in the medical corps during the Korean War for the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 with the 7th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. Chester received the Korean Service medal, and recently was thrilled to participate in the Honor Flight trip to Washington DC.
Chester married the love of his life, Lorraine Krutza on May 5, 1952 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. He joined Citizens National Bank in August 1952 as a bank teller and was hired partially because of his ability to speak Polish.
He continued his schooling in banking and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking. Chet became a Loan Officer and retired as Senior Vice-President of Bank One in 1989. He remained at the bank part-time as a customer liaison for a number of years. Throughout his career Chet helped many people achieve their dreams with first-time loans. Chester served as President of the Portage County Bankers Association and President of the Wisconsin State Chapter of the American Institute of Banking. He was a member of the Board of Directors at the Wisconsin Installment Bankers Association and the Education and Agriculture Committee of the Wisconsin Bankers Association.
Chet was active all of his life. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need and served the community of Stevens Point by volunteering in numerous organizations. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Central WI Chamber of Commerce and served as Treasurer of the Stevens Point School Safety Patrol. In 1981 he was honored to receive the Stevens Point Jaycee’s Distinguished Citizen Award.
Chester became the first Financial Officer of Pacelli High School Panacea when it began 1976 and continued on until 1984. He served as the Director at St. Vincent de Paul, and volunteered there regularly. For many years until just recently, Chet helped out with Meals on Wheels and Operation Bootstrap. Chet also was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Elks Lodge No. 641, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 10262, and the Polish Legion of American Veterans.
Chester was a man of faith and deep devotion to the Lord and was a faithful servant of the Catholic Church. He was an usher at St. Stan’s since 1956, a long-standing member of the Holy Name Society and served on the Finance Council of the Parish. When needed he would fill in as a mass-server. Chet was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1170 for 63 years, serving as Financial Secretary for 33 years. One of the thrills of his life was the honor of chauffeuring the Cardinal Karol J. Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) around Stevens Point in 1976.
Chester was a beloved and devoted Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. Family was everything to him. From his days early on he played baseball and softball often forming a team with his brothers. He grew up fishing and hunting, and was thrilled to pass on his knowledge of both to his kids and grandkids in the waters and woods of Canada and Minocqua. He enjoyed bowling (298 game in 1959!), golf and was an avid supporter of Pacelli Athletics. Chet enjoyed rooting for the Packers, Brewers and Badgers. He cherished watching his grandchildren participate in Pacelli Cardinal, Lakeland T-Bird, and Neenah Rocket activities.
Chester is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine; children, Susan Fix of Stevens Point, Nancy (Rick) Fossen of Minocqua, Ann (Stewart) Ellyson of Neenah; 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren; one sister, Isabel (Daniel) Kedrowski of Stevens Point; 4 brothers, Donald (Christine) of Winter Haven, Fla., Leonard (Justine), Myron (Janet), and Norbert (Rita); one sister-in-law Mary Brilowski all of Stevens Point and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert and Joseph, infant son Michael, and son-in-law David Fix.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Holy Spirit Catholic Church (formerly St. Stanislaus), the Knights of Columbus No. 1170 and SPACS.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bradley Johnson, Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital and Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the compassionate and loving care Chester received. The kindness we have received this past week through words, hugs and tears will never be forgotten.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Chester will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (formally St. Stanislaus), 838 Fremont St., Stevens Point. Fr. Tom Lindner will officiate. Burial will follow in Guardian Angel Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends may call from 4-8 PM Friday June 19 at Shuda Funeral Home in Stevens Point. A Moose ritual will be held at 6 PM. The Elks Lodge No. 641 will have a ritual at 6:15 PM. Knights of Columbus will combine with general rosary at 6:30 PM. Visitation will also be from 9 AM until the time of services Saturday at Holy Spirit Church.