Chester "Chet" Anthony Popa, 80, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Nov. 10, 2017. Chester was born in Solon Township on March 19, 1937 to his parents, Paul and Anna (Flees) Popa, and was the youngest of 11 children.
Chester married the love of his life, Mary Eva Clarke, on Dec. 2, 1961 in Newfoundland, Canada. They celebrated 55 years of marriage and raised two daughters and one son together.
In 1959 Chester joined the U.S. Army and proudly served for nine years total, with two years in the Vietnam War.
He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and conversations with friends. His greatest love was spending time with his wife, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Linda (Dr. Scott) Smith and Brenda (Thomas) Crandall; son, Phillip (Carol) Popa; grandchildren, Eric (Heather) Bagley, Hope Vittorelli, Jared Popa, Adam (Shelby Crank) Miller and Allyson Popa; step grandson, Broc Crandall; great-grandchildren, Olivia Rose Anderson, Elijah Matthew, Ariana Eva Miller and Greyson Benjamin Bagley; a sister, Rosabelle Poertner; sister-in-law, Liz (Jerry) Hickey; stepdaughter, Arlaine Byrd (Ed) Chaulk; and many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eric Wayne; sisters, Henrietta Gorski, Ester O'Hara and Joanne Rosinski; brothers, Basil, Felix, Raymond, Phillip, William and Xavier in infancy.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m., with a visitation held one hour prior, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion and Cherryland VFW Post 2780.
The family would like to express a special thank you to everyone who loved Chet and cared for him, including Cowell Family Cancer Center, Crystal Lake Family Care and Munson Hospice House.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice House.
Please share your memories with Chet's family by way of his online guestbook by visiting www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 15, 2017