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Chester A. Haraczka, Jr.

Chester A. Haraczka, Jr.

1946 - 2016

Chester A. Haraczka, Jr., 69, Watertown, died March 11, 2016, at his home.
Mr. Haraczka was born September 1, 1946, son of Chester A. and Anna Sevco Haraczka, Sr. in Pottstown, PA. He graduated from Bishop Kenrick High School, PA, in 1964, he received a B.S. in Business and Finance from Mt. St. Mary’s College, MD, in 1974, a M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University in 1976, and a M.S. E.D. from Potsdam State University in 1985. He married Louise Wheeler June 1, 1968, in Philadelphia, PA.

Mr. Haraczka enlisted into a twenty year career in the United States Army, from 1966 until 1986, advancing through ranks to Staff Sergeant, before receiving a direct commission in October 1971. Mr. Haraczka served as an Administrative Sergeant in the Defense Communications Support Unit: serving the White House Communication Agency at Washington D.C. and Camp David, MD.  Mr. Haraczka attended the Moscow Summit in 1972 and participated in Presidential visits to Austria, the Soviet Union, Iran and Poland, with the Nixon administration, receiving a commendation signed by President Nixon. Mr. Haraczka spent a large part of his remaining career at Fort Drum in the Adjutant General Corps Management positions. While in the Army he received many awards, including a Joint Service Commendation, an Army Commendation Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, and a Bronze and Silver medal for marksmanship from the 41st Regional Defense Command of the German Army, just to name a few. Mr. Haraczka retired from Fort Drum as Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Control Program, as a civilian employee. Mr. Haraczka also taught Occupational Education at JCC from 1981 to 1988.

Mr. Haraczka was a member the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, the American Legion Post 61, Watertown, and Military Officers Association of America, a life member of the Collegeville Fire Department in PA, was on the board of directors for the Community Center for Alcoholism of Jefferson County, served as president of the board of the Fort Drum FCU, served in the medical corps and was in “Who’s Who in the East” in June 1983. He also enjoyed playing the piano, traveling, boating and carpentry; helping his father and uncle build a family cottage at Chippewa Bay.

Surviving besides his wife and mother is a son Alexander and his wife Stacie, Maine, two daughters Nicole Haraczka, Collegeville, PA, Rebekah Haraczka, Venice, CA, a sister Terri Rambo, PA and two grandchildren.

There are no calling hours or funeral at this time. Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. Contributions may be made to AnimalKind Inc. located at 721 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534.  He loved the Snowshoe cat breed.  It is the family’s wish that friends send their condolences to dlcalarco.com.  A Spring service will be held, at the family’s convenience, in Pennsylvania, to be announced.


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Condolences left by other guests:

Louise and daughters,

My sincere regrets on the loss of your beloved spouse and father.

By MIchael Curley on 03 16, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Dear Louise,
Wayne and I are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute of a life well lived. All our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

By Helen & Wayne Smiley on 03 16, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Louise, I was saddened to read about your loss in the WDT.  I’m sorry.  Please let me know if there is anything that I’m able to do for you.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.  God bless, Stephanie Graf

By Stephanie Graf on 03 15, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Louise and family, we are so sorry to hear about Chet. Please accept our deepest sympathies. If there is anything you need, please let us know.

By Laura and Ben Davis on 03 15, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Dear Louise,

I was so sorry to read of the death of your dear husband.
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

In friendship and sympathy,
Helen Hutchinson

By Helen Hutchinson on 03 15, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Dear Louise,

You are in my heart and thoughts with the loss of your beloved husband. May your wonderful memories of him help bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

Love, Tracy

By Tracy L. Robertson on 03 15, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Louise, I was so sorry to read of Chet’s death. I have the fondest memories of working with Chet. His passion for soldiers well being was always evident. Prayers are with you.

By Charlie and Roger Fix on 03 15, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Louise: My deepest sympathies to you and your children. When I saw the ambulance at your house, I prayed that all would be well. I will continue to pray that all goes well at the spring service and beyond as you accept God’s decision to take Chet at this time.

By Patricia Fanning on 03 14, 2016


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Louise,

May you find peace, comfort, strength, and hope in God during this time of sorrow.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Scott and Karen Flipse

By Scott and Karen Flipse on 03 14, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Loiuse,
Our prayers and condolences to you and your family at this time.

Michael Vincent

By Michael & Birgit Vincent on 03 14, 2016


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Louise,

You have my sympathy and constant prayer.

Jayn Graves

By Jayn Graves on 03 14, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

We would like to express our deepest condolence on your tremendous loss.  Our prayers are with all of you.  I was privileged to have worked for Chet near the end of his career.  Bless you all.

By Steve Evans on 03 14, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

May Chester’s family and friends be comforted by God’s promise to “swallow up death forever, and wipe away every tear from all faces”.(Isaiah 25:8) Remembering too the promise of the resurrection hope for both the Unrighteous and Righteous. (Acts 24:15)

By Helen West on 03 14, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Nicole and Family - My sympathies in reading of your father’s passing.  May your wonderful memories of him help bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

By Dianne Rotella on 03 13, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Louise, Nicole, Rebekah, and Alexander.  I am so sorry to hear of Chet’s passing.  Chet was a wonderful man, boss and friend.  As you know I worked for him for more than twenty years.  I and the other “Drummies” have missed him at our monthly luncheons.  I have missed him and his wonderful sense of humor.  We had a grand time while we were TDY in Haiti.  We had many conversations on many topics.  He always spoke highly of you, Louise and the kids.  The ADAPCP staff enjoyed your cookouts at the cottage.  I am sorry I won’t be able to give you each a hug and be able to reminisce of times gone by.  Again, I am so sorry to hear of his passing.  Rita

By Rita Barker on 03 13, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Beloved Mrs. Haraczka
  With all of our family love, support, and strength to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sympathy and love,
Denise Duffy

By Denise Duffy on 03 13, 2016


Condolences left by other guests:

Dear Louise and family:  I wish to express my deepest condolence on your tremendous loss.  My prayers are with all of you.  If I can be of any assistance all you need to do is ask.
With love and sympathy.

Florence Martino

By Florence Martino on 03 13, 2016


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