Chester Pierce


3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 18, 2021
T.S. Purta Funeral Home
22 Glenmere Avenue
Florida, New York, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Monday, July 19, 2021
St. Joseph Church
20 Glenmere Avenue
Florida, New York, United States


11:15 am
Monday, July 19, 2021
St. Joseph Cemetery
616 Union Corners Road
Florida, New York, United States

Obituary of Chester Pierce

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Chester Pierce, an onion farmer and lifelong area resident, entered into rest on Thursday, July 15 at the home of his son Stephen and wife Lidia surrounded by his family.  He was 97.

    The son of the late Joseph Pierce and Catherine Nitek Pierce, he was born on June 5, 1924 on the family farm in New Hampton.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Florida, NY.  Chester was elected Justice of the Peace and proudly served as Councilman for over twenty years in the town of Wawayanda, representing his constituents, especially the Polish population.

    Chester is survived by his son, Stephen Pierce and wife, Lidia of New Hampton; daughter Christina Murphy and husband, John of Middletown, NY; son, Joseph Pierce and wife, Janine of New Hampton; step grandchildren, Lilia and husband, Sasha, Andrei and wife, Genia; step great grandchildren: Alicia, Lauriana, Vicky, and Max of Montreal, Canada; grandchildren:  Michael Murphy and wife, Carly, Meghan Barquero and husband Carlos, John Pierce, Helene Pierce and partner Daniel Wilson, and Rebecca Pierce; great grandchildren Keira and Evelene Murphy and Carlos and Gabriela Barquero; sister-in-law Elizabeth Pierce, sister-in-law Marie Wagoner and husband, Jim of Schenectady, NY, brother-in-law, Joseph Poloniak and wife, Susan of Tennessee, several cousins, nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Clara, brother, Mitchell Pierce, and foster sister Helen Dombrowski.

    The family would like to thank the caring staff of Hospice  of Orange-Sullivan County for their attentive, loving care of Chester.

Visitation will be held Sunday July 18, 2021 from 3-7 pm at T.S. Purta Funeral Home 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida, NY 10921

Funeral Mass will be held 10 am on Monday July 19, 2021 at St. Joseph Church 20 Glenmere Ave. Florida, NY 10921.

Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Florida, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church of Florida , NY or the charity of your choice.

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