Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 24, 2013

Chester Edwin Zaremba Sr.

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Chester “Chet” Edwin Zaremba Sr., of Traverse City and Fort Myers, Fla., passed away peacefully while surrounded with family on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Chet was born to Stanley and Josephine Zaremba in Toledo, Ohio, on May 4, 1916.

After graduating from high school in Toledo, he was employed in several tool and die shops, earning his Journeyman’s License.

Enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1937, he served aboard the U.S.S. Langley.

On Nov. 1, 1941, Chet married Lola M. Barth, who survives.

Chet re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the beginning of World War II, attended officer’s training school and served as an officer on a landing craft support gunboat in the Pacific until the end of the war.

After the war Chet worked in the tool and die room at Willy’s Overland in Toledo, owned and operated his own company, Zaremba Tool and Die, and attended Toledo University, attaining his degree in manufacturing engineering.

Chet and Lola moved to Traverse City in 1955, putting down roots and raising their four children, all of whom survive, Kathleen “Kathy” Kroupa, of Traverse City, Stanley “Stan” and his wife, Carol, of Traverse City, Chester Jr. “Chet” and his wife, Jennifer, of Petoskey, and Thomas “Tom” and his wife, Kathleen “Kathie,” of Madison, Wis.

He is also survived by his sister, Val and brother, Edward, of Toledo; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

While Chet went around the world to where the work was, Traverse City was always home to him. He was a pioneer in Cad-Cam computer design. His love of the water and the sea led to his involvement with the United States Power Squadron, where he remained active until his death. Chet taught navigation to hundreds as well as boating safety and boat inspections. He was one of the many who were instrumental in creating the recently opened World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Interment will follow in the Bohemian Cemetery on Neahtawanta Road.

Please sign Chester’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.