Chester J. Penza, 94, of Pompton Plains, formerly a longtime resident of Clifton, died on December 18, 2017.
Born in Wallington, Chester was the son of Benjamin and Mary Penza. Raised in East Rutherford, he was a graduate of East Ruthherford High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Navigator during World War II, and later went on to earn his B.S. from Tri State University in Indiana.
Set up by his sister, Chester met and quickly fell in love with Catherine Mauro, whom he married in 1948. The couple lived with his parents for a short time before moving to Carlstadt, and finally settled in Clifton in 1955. There, the couple raised their three children: Chet, Wendy, and Debra.
Chester worked hard to support his family as an Electrical Sales Engineer, employed for most of his career by the Automatic Switch Co. (ASCO) in Florham Park. Retiring at the age of 65, Chester had more time to devote to the things he loved: golf, golf, and more golf. When the skies grew dark, though, Chester could be pulled off the course and onto the dance floor, another pastime he enjoyed throughout his life.
While living in Clifton, Chester was a longtime and active parishioner of St. Andrew's Church, where he served as past president of the Knights of Columbus.
He is lovingly survived by his children, Chet and his wife Irene, Wendy Lindstrom and her husband Bruce, and Debra Loffredo and her husband Anthony; his grandchildren, Gregory Penza, Rebecca Penza (Jonte), Cole Lindstrom, Chelsea Lindstrom, and Tessa Calandrino and her husband Nicholas; his great-grandsons, Dominick and Elliot; and his partner, Amelia Ostenes-O'Dell.
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Thursday, December 21 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral Mass will be held 9 am Friday at the Chapel at Cedar Crest Village, Pompton Plains. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Paterson.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace Hospice in Chester's memory would be greatly appreciated by the Penza family.