Gary W. Chovan

1953 – 2011

Gary W. Chovan, 57, of Kenosha, died surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, after a courageous year long battle with Cancer.

Born on Dec. 29, 1953 in Kenosha, he was the son of the late Joseph and Esther (Widmar) Chovan. He attended St. Casimir Grade School, Washington Jr. High and was a graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School. He went on to receive a degree in Electronic Repair from Gateway Technical College.

On June 14, 1980 at St. Casimir Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Cheryl Deno. On April 18, 1982, their union was blessed with a beautiful son, John. A devoted family man, Gary thoroughly loved his family and spent the vast majority of his time tending to their needs, cheering their successes and comforting their challenges.

He was employed as a material handler with AMC/Chrysler for 30 years. He previously owned and operated Gary's VCR Repair Service, bartended at the Kenosha Moose and was the drummer for the Acme Band Company.

Gary was a member of St. James Catholic Church where he was a member of their Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the U.A.W. Local #72 Retirees, and the Kenosha Moose Lodge #286 where he volunteered his time for many of their functions. Gary enjoyed playing Santa Claus at various occasions. Gary was a Scout Master with the Boy Scouts and loved camping. Many happy memories were made Up North on the family land in Big Flats, Wis. He loved entertaining, watching and showing classic 16-mm movies.

Left to remember Gary’s life are his wife, Cheryl; his two sisters, Marilyn (Gary) Smith of Kenosha and Judy Lee of Pleasant Prairie; his two brothers, Joe (Becky) Chovan and Ken (Linda) Chovan, both of Kenosha; and his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John on August 9, 2003.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. from the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 5804 Sheridan Rd. Interment will follow in St. George Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice Alliance, Inc. for the wonderful care they provided to Gary and the family.