Stephen Chizzo, 81, Shawano, father of a Stevens Point man,
died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, after a battle with cancer and other ailments.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
June 4, at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, with Pastor Scott Ludford officiating.
Shawano AMVETS Post 10 will conduct full military honors at the church.
Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until
Memorials in his name may be made to AMVETS Post 10 or the Disabled
Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano assisted
with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.mickelsonfs.com.
Mr. Chizzo was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Hendersonville, Pa., a
son of the late Nick and Pauline (Greszko) Chizzo. He attended school in
Avella, Pa., graduating in 1952.
Following school, he played minor league baseball for the
Chicago White Sox before entering the United States Army, serving from 1958
After his service, he enrolled at DePaul University in
Chicago, Ill., where he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
He was married Sept. 7, 1962, to Marilyn J. Weishoff in
After serving as director of Herrick House, a children’s
home in Bartlett, Ill., the family moved to Shawano in 1968. He was a physical education
teacher at Shawano Middle School for the next 27 years. He was a basketball
coach for many years, coached Little League Baseball and was an official for
various park and recreation league sports.
During this time, he obtained a master’s degree in education
from Northern Michigan University.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Shawano.
He was one of the Olympic Torch runners preceding the 1996
Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.
He was a life member of the Shawano AMVETS Post 10, serving
as chaplain for the last few years. He was also a lifetime member of the Disabled
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marilyn, Shawano; one
daughter, Sarah (friend Bill Stueck) Bartz, Clintonville; four sons, Stephen
(Cathy) Chizzo, Stevens Point, Michael (Monica) Chizzo, Agoura Hills, Calif.,
Andrew (Sara) Chizzo, Oak Park, Ill., and Jacob Chizzo, Istanbul, Turkey; one brother,
Charles (Carol) Chizzo; three sisters, Anne, Katherine and Esther; and 10
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and Mike;
and two sisters, Mary and Pauline.