Chester J. Kirk - 12/13/2017

Chester J. Kirk-12/13/2017

CONSTABLEVILLE - Chester J. Kirk, 76, of Bailey Road, formerly of River Road, Westernville, and State Route 294, Boonville, and husband of the late Cathleen, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Rome Memorial Hospital, while surrounded by the loving care of his family. He was born in Rome on June 9, 1941, a son of Edwin J. and Gertrude Mae Lawton Kirk, and he grew up on the Kirk homestead farm on Mohawk Hill. He attended Mohawk Hill Rural School, later completing his education at Constableville High School. Mr. Kirk was first employed at Revere Copper & Brass Co., Rome, before employment as a wire spooler at Camden Wire Co. Later, for several years, he was employed as a truck and heavy equipment operator at D.A. Schallenberg Construction Co., Westernville; his last employment was on the Lyndon Marcy Farm, near Boonville, retiring in 1989, due to illness. Chester married Cathleen M. Letson on November 26, 1960, at St. Mary’s Church, Constableville. After their marriage, the couple lived on Mohawk Hill, later living in Westernville and Boonville for many years; for the past 10 years, Chester had made his home with his daughter, Wendy, near Constableville. Mrs. Kirk passed away on January 8, 2003. Mr. Kirk was a former member of St. Joseph’s Church, Lee Center; in later years he attended St. Mary’s Church, Constableville. He is survived by two sons, Jody A. Kirk Sr., Minoa, and Dwayne E. Kirk, Utica; three daughters, Heidi (Francis) Rocker Jr. Castorland, Wendy Baslow, Constableville, and Sally (Scott) Williams, Ava; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two daughters, Laura A. and Julie M., who died as infants. Also surviving are four brothers, Henry Kirk, Lockport, Allen Kirk, Constableville, and Ronald Kirk, Boonville; two sisters, Mary Jane (LaVerne) Ayers, Constableville, and Juanita (Ira) Yousey, Croghan. He was predeceased by brothers, Gerald in 1967 and Arnold in 2016, and by a sister, Shirley Durgan in 1969. His funeral was held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville, and at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Constableville, where Reverend Lawrence Marullo celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment was in Carmichael Hill Cemetery, Town of Western. Calling hours were Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, at St. Jude’s Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38101. For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to