Chester Stefan Maciejewski died peacefully in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 28, 2018, at the age of 89.
Chester is survived by his wife, Marianna of Wroclaw, Poland, his sons, Wesley Maciejewski of New Britain, Conn., and John Maciejewski of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his daughters, Barbara Maciejewski Wnuk of New Britain, Conn.; Theresa Jones of Charlotte, N.C., and his stepdaughter, Barbara Lesniak of Waterbury, Conn. Chester is survived by his grandson, Mathew Maciejewski of Durham, Conn., and his great-grandchildren, Madison and Raymond. Chester is also survived by his granddaughters, Kayla Maciejewski of Bristol, Conn.; Ariana DiValentino of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Marianna Jones of Chapel Hill, N.C. He is preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Sophie and his two sons, Andrew and Raymond, all formerly of New Britain, Conn.; and his stepson, Marek Stapkiewicz.
Chester was born on July 18, 1929, in Zerkow, Poland, to Stanislaw Maciejewski and Victoria Struzyk. Chester immigrated to the United States in 1964 with his four sons. He was an active member of the Polish Community in New Britain. After moving to New Britain, Chester remodeled many homes through his business, Maciejewski Home Improvement.
Chester was awarded the Order of the Cross of Independence on Oct. 24, 2017, from Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland. His story was also placed in the New Britain Herald, Nov. 1, 2017, edition and can be read at https://newbritainherald.com/NBH-General+News/309772/ former-new-britain-resident-was-hero-of-polish-underground.
Chester received the highest recognition afforded to a civilian for his role in the underground army, Armija Krajowa that helped Poland resist Russian occupation in the 1950s. He died in peace knowing he contributed to Poland’s 100 years of independence. A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church of New Britain, where Chester was an active member for many years, with a reception to follow at Haller Post. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chester’s life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, P.O. Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247, or online at donatehospice.org.