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Chester "Chet" Sokolnicki

February 18, 1921 August 22, 2016
Chester "Chet" Sokolnicki
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Obituary for Chester "Chet" Sokolnicki

Chet Sokolnicki, age 95, was born in Detroit on February 18, 1921 to Julian (Julius) and Cazimiera (Kaplita). His parents were both born and met in Poland and came to the United States at the early age of fifteen to find work.

Chet grew up in Detroit on Grixdale Avenue with three sisters, Stella, Wanda (Stephen Hotary) and Emily (Al Kopy). Chet was the youngest. His first cousin, Stanley, was about his same age and he lived with them. Chet remarked that he was like a brother to him.

He joined the army at the age of twenty-one, in September of 1942. His boot camp was in Fort McClellan, Alabama. When he enlisted, the men in the room were asked who could type. He was the only one who raised his hand, and in addition to being extremely good at math, he became the company clerk or "Radar" for his platoon. He did payroll among other assigned tasks. He delivered company payroll flying in and out of France and trained in the Glider Troops as well. He quickly made his way up to the rank of "Sergeant" Sokolnicki. During the war he owned a Pierce Arrow, and said many times, "I should have never sold that car." He drove it back and forth from Fort Bragg in North Carolina to Michigan to see his family.

After returning from the war he started working for Artistic Furniture Company in Detroit for over thirty-eight years and became foreman. He stayed with Artistic Furniture until the mid-80’s when they closed their doors. He continued to work as upholsterer for Sears and other companies before opening his own business, Sokol Upholstery in Royal Oak. He covered the seats in many downtown theaters including the Masonic Temple. Chet also was very good at carpentry, as he learned the trade from his father who was a Master Finished Carpenter. Chet built decks for many of his in-laws and neighbors and also added a family room, master bedroom, bathroom and deck to his house in Royal Oak.

He was fond of telling the story of how he met his wife, Bea Miloser, of 55 years. He often saw her on a street corner waiting at the bus stop while he was on his way to work. One day it was pouring rain so he stopped and asked her if she would like a ride. He was surprised she accepted but added that she said "she always saw him go by and she knew where he worked!"

On June 14, 1947, Chet married "the love of his life", the late Beatrice Miloser. He very often said that was the best day of his life. Chet was a loving and devoted father to Tom (Peg), Carol (Doug DeSantis) (deceased 2013) and Cheryl (Tom Schryer). He liven on Kenwood in Royal Oak for over 60 years. Bea and Chet belonged to St. Dennis Parish.

Chet enjoyed taking his family on vacations, for which he loved being the photographer, across the United States visiting Florida, the caves in Kentucky, the Colorado Mountains, relatives living in Colorado, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore and the Badlands, the Queen Mary, the Rose Bowl in California, and visiting friends in Arizona.

When Chet retired, he enjoyed spending time in Florida and traveling in his RV around Michigan with Bea. He took pride in being a good provider for his family and they were always his top priority.

Cherished grandfather to Kristyn (Sokolnicki) Dougherty (Jeremy), Andrew (Beth) Sokolnicki, Jason DeSantis, Lauren (DeSantis) Nuyttens (Ryan), Sarah Schryer and Thomas Schryer. He was also a loving great grandfather to Matthew Christopher (7), Claire Marie (7) and Cathryn Beatrice (6) Dougherty.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Wednesday, August 24, from 3-8PM, with a Rosary at 7PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford, on Thursday, August 25, at 11AM with Msgr. John Budde officiating. Burial Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Memorials may be made in his name to Disabled American Veterans or to the U.S. War Dogs Association. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

24

Aug

3:00 PM 8/24/2016 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/24/2016 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Thursday

25

Aug

11:00 AM 8/25/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Final Resting Place

25800 W. 10 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48033

25800 W. 10 Mile Road Southfield 48033 MI
United States
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