Richard John Chobey

Richard  J.  Chobey

    Richard John Chobey, 85, of Portage, MI, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019, at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. Richard was born Oct. 17, 1933,  in Throop, PA, the son of John and Helen (Pesarcik) Chobey.
    On Feb. 15, 1958, he married Rita Peters at St. James Catholic Church in Long Island, NY, and together they enjoyed 61 years of marriage. He retired from Pfizer in 2003.
    Members of his family include his wife Rita; five  daughters, Deborah (Don) Hodson, Theresa Chobey, Renee VandenBerg, Daria Watson and Richelle (Carey) Seavy; seven  grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Helen, Kristen, Avery, Hanna, Christopher; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.    
    He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul, and his wife,  Delores; and sister, Diane Wolfkamp, and her husband,  William.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March  25, at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1150 West Centre Ave., Portage, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. A lunch will follow in the church hall. Burial with military honors will follow the lunch at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.
    Visit Richard’s personal memory page at:, to archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his guestbook.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
    Arrangements by Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, (269) 375-2900.


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