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Chet (Chester) M. Hollister

May 25, 1941 ~ January 25, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Chet (Chester) M. Hollister Obituary

Chet (Chester) M Hollister, 81, of Woodstock, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

He was born on May 25, 1941, to the late Chester M. (Dorothy) Hollister in Woodstock, Illinois. He married Nancy Kazich on July 15, 1967.

Chet worked as an Earth Science teacher at Algonquin Middle School, District 300 for 34 years. Prior to that he served in the United States Army for three years, most recently as a Signal Core Instructor where he earned the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle) designations. He attended Woodstock Community High School where he participated in many plays and theatrical productions. He achieved his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Masters in Education from Northern Illinois University. Chet was also active in the theatre as a member of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, where he met his wife.

He had a great love for life and collected many, many things including transportation memorabilia, antique furniture, radio equipment, art and photography, trains and tattoos, just to name a few. He loved cars and had several including anniversary edition mustangs and 1950s Chryslers. He spent the later years of his life driving for an auto parts store and doing car transports for the Ford Dealership. He loved to drive and saw many miles of the country through a windshield. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Dorothy Hollister; brother Bruce Hollister, sister-in-law Marilyn Hollister and his wife Nancy (Kazich) Hollister.

He is survived by his son Chris (Kathryn) Hollister, his nieces, Sue Hollister and Diane Hollister and Nephew, Steve Hollister.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 10am to 11am, with services following at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home in Woodstock, Illinois. Interment to take place following the service at Oakland Cemetery, Woodstock IL. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School for Lakota (Sioux) children and families at

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February 2, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney
1211 North Seminary Avenue / P.O. Box 22
Woodstock, IL 60098

Funeral Service
February 2, 2023

11:00 AM
Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney
1211 North Seminary Avenue / P.O. Box 22
Woodstock, IL 60098


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