Chester J. ĎChetí Worzella, 69

A worship service of witness to the resurrection will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Presbyterian Church,

6031 W. Chapel Hill Road, at the corner North Green Bay Road and West Highland Road in Mequon for Chester J. "Chet" Worzella who died from pancreatic cancer on July 21, 2012. Visitation will be from noon until the time of services, with the Rev. Bruce P. Greenough officiating.

Chet was born in Milwaukee on Aug. 4, 1942. He was one of 12 children born into the family of Leo and Lillian (nee Skibba) Worzella. He graduated from Auburndale High School in 1960, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1969 and the MATC School of Photography in 1973.

Chet founded Worzella Photography in 1974 in Thiensville. In 1988, the photography business moved to its current facility in Mequon. He was a well respected photographer and touched many lives with his portrait work. Amy (a former employee) and Kyle Sturkenburg now own and operate the business.

Chet was active in several groups: Jaycees, Optimists Club, Mequon- Thiensville Chamber of Commerce, Thiensville-Mequon Rotary, Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association and other volunteer organizations. As a member of Stony Hill Church, he was active in Bible studies, Haiti mission outreach and adult-child mentoring. He had a calling for Christian evangelism.

In 2005, the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program ( became his passion. He and his wife, Marlene, volunteered their time traveling the country building churches and being a part of Christian work projects at various facilities nationwide. Chet found great joy in working on mission projects and in serving the Lord. He wore a little inscription in his hat that read "Iím third" and would explain to anyone who asked its meaning, saying; "Iím third, family and friends are second, Jesus Christ my Savior is first." Mission work led him to Haiti in 2007 and 2008. Work mission teams from Stony Hills Church continue to carry on this legacy.

Chetís life was directed by his love for the Lord. He was a compassionate, humble man with a quick wit. He believed in returning the glory to God for any accomplishment. In retirement, he became skilled in the art of woodworking/furniture building. When he was no longer able to travel to do mission work, he built and donated his woodworking to churches for mission fundraising and for other charitable fundraisers.

Chet is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Marlene (nee Bulgrin); their daughter, Brook (Dick) Best; grandson, Chet "CJ;" son, Blair Worzella; and his eight remaining siblings.

A heartfelt thank you to family, friends and medical personal for your exceptional care and support during the past three and a half years of Chetís illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Stony Hills Presbyterian Church Ė

Haiti work mission are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Mequon is serving the family.

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