Kozlowski, Chester

Chester “Chet” Kozlowski, age 92 of Gaylord, passed away at his home on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Chet was born to Isador and Mary (Szocinski) Kozlowski on March 13, 1925. A lifelong resident of Gaylord, Chet was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, and the Northern Michigan Flywheelers. On October 23, 1948, he married Betty Jane Lobsinger, with whom he had seven children. In his spare time, he also enjoyed restoring John Deere tractors and gardening.

Chet is survived by his children, Carolyn (Anthony) Borowiak, Theresa Butler, Roger Kozlowski, Ben (Shannon) Kozlowski, Geraldine (Allen) Boadway, and Doreen (John) Peterson; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and brother Richard (Loretta) Kozlowski. He is preceded in death by his parents, Isador and Mary; son James; and wife of 65 years, Betty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11 AM. Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 12 to 8 PM with a Knights of Columbus rosary service at 6 PM. There will also be visitation held at St. Mary Cathedral from 10 AM until the time of service on Wednesday (January 3rd)

Contributions in Chet’s memory may be made to Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


  1. Don & Phyllis Boughner (Sparr Mall) December 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family of Chet Kozlowsli. He raised a close knit family who did a lot of things together. Our fondest memories of Chet and his boys and girls are coming to our store with the tractor and trailer full of lawn chairs and spirits. He would be proud of his kids who took care of him till his dying day.

  2. Shelby Riccardi December 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    So sorry for you loss! Sending love & prayers!

  3. Craig and Berni Seidell December 31, 2017 at 12:04 am - Reply

    To the family… we are so very sorry for your loss. Chet was a wonderful kind man. Prayers to all of you.

  4. Sharon Roberts December 31, 2017 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Our deepest sympathies to all – Chet was a dear man, good husband & father. Dennis & Sharon Roberts

  5. Sharon Ryder December 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace.
    Dave and Sharon Ryder

  6. Jim Lappan, Sr. December 31, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    We’ve all lost a good friend. My sympathies to the Koslowski Family, may his memories and stories last forever.

  7. John Hoogerhyde-Lancashire December 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss
    John and Olwen Hoogerhyde-Lancashire

  8. Father Chet Collins January 2, 2018 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Father Chet Collins and all the Collins Family January 1,2018
    Chet worked with my father at the Schreur Chevrolet Dealership in Gaylord during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Our families were very close and the older children referred to my parents as aunt and uncle. Chet was also my sponsor for Confirmation when I was in the eight grade. Chet cut much of the lumber I used to remodel and expand my home on Rancher Lake. My sister Barbara had taken communion to Chet often during his illness. I myself have anointed him with the anointing of the sick during this time. My family has many fond memories of Chet and Betty and all their Children. We will miss his presence among us and will keep his family in our prayers during these difficult days ahead.

  9. Andy Kovolski January 4, 2018 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Ben and family.
    My most sincere condolences for your loss. May your fond memories of your father sustain you in eternity.

    Andy and Carrie Kovolski

  10. Karen K. Hypio January 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Ben, So sorry to see that your dad passed. He was a hard working man, and helped us at the funeral home on MANY occasions, just as you have. We appreciate your dedication to the funeral service industry.

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