Nellie Arlene Housel Chester, 74, of Eighty Four, Somerset Township died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in her home.
She was born November 3, 1944 in Foxburg, Fayette County, a daughter of Delmar and Helen Marie Whipkey Housel.
She attended Connellsville schools.
Mrs. Chester was instrumental in the creation of the Greater Washington County Food Bank, where she served on the board of directors for 29 years. She held the positions of treasurer, secretary, vice president and numerous terms as president.
Currently, she was an auditor for Somerset Township.
For several years, Mrs. Chester was a member of the Eighty Four Lions Club and the Washington County Democratic Committee.
She was the voucher writer for the Salvation Army for over 20 years.
For her desire and kindness to help others in need, she received numerous awards from several organizations for her efforts and her volunteering.
On December 14, 1965, she married her husband and soulmate of 54 years, Edward Chester, who survives.
Also surviving are six children, Eddie Chester (Jackie) of Washington, Kathy Schaller (the late William) of Canonsburg, Greg Chester (Darlene) of Hummelstown, Cindy Reagan (Jim) of Oak Forest, Lisa Nuccetelli (Bruce) of Bentleyville and Jim Chester (Amy) of Eighty Four; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, Sonny Housel (Janice) of Connellsville and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are brothers, Sam and David Housel and a sister, Geneva Housel.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 4, 2019 with Douglas Keith, Chaplain for Amedisys Hospice, officiating.
Interment will be at the National Cemeteries of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville on Monday, August 5, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 480 Johnson Road, Suite 230, Washington, PA 15301.
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