Daniel Lawrence Cheslek
06/04/1930 - 11/17/2020
Obituaries For Daniel Lawrence Cheslek
Daniel Lawrence Cheslek, Sr., age 90, of Sparta, Michigan, left for his heavenly home on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Born in Alpine Township on June 4, 1930 to Francis and Jessie Cheslek, Dan grew up in Sparta where he graduated high school and attended Grand Rapids Junior College. He was proud of his service in the US Navy, where he served in the Korean War. Through his military service he met and married Barbara Sweatman in Cottageville, SC in 1954. They celebrated 45 years of marriage before Barb’s passing in 2000. Most of those years were spent in Sparta where they owned the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home and volunteered their time on Northwest Ambulance. Dan was an active and respected member of his community. As a proud veteran, Dan was a lifetime member of the American Legion as well as a member of the Sparta Lions Club and the VFW.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barb; brother, Richard Cheslek; his sisters, Barbara and Ralph Williams, and Helen and Ralph Pike; sister-in-law, Sylvia Cheslek and daughter-in-law, Susan Cheslek. Dan is survived by his children, Larry and Anita Cheslek of South Carolina, Thomas Cheslek of Sparta, David and Jennifer Cheslek of Washington and Cynthia Funnell of Sparta; 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother, Charles Cheslek; sister-in-law, Diane Cheslek; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff at Meadowlark Retirement Village and Emmanuel Hospice for the amazing level of care he received.
A private family graveside service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery, where Dan will be laid to rest with his wife, Barb. The family will plan a Celebration of Life for Dan in the spring of 2021 when gathering restrictions of Covid-19 are lifted. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Dan’s memory may do so to either the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans towards their Christmas Wishlist at 3000 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 or the Sparta Area Recreation Association at 182 N. State St., Sparta, MI. 49345.
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