Theresa M. (Lapniewski) Chesla

Theresa M. CheslaTheresa M. (Lapniewski) Chesla, age 84 of 223 N. West St., Shenandoah passed away Monday morning at Hazleton General Hospital.

Born in Shenandoah on October 14, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Charles and Caroline (Korslak) Lapniewski.

She was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School Class of 1945.

Theresa was employed at the former General Cigar and Shen-Ann Dress Factories.

Mrs. Chesla was a member of St. Casimir’s Church, Shenandoah and a former member of St. Cecelia’s Choir of the parish.

Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband, Theodore J. “Ted” Chesla on April 20, 2008; three brothers, Leo, Edward and Joseph and four sisters Wanda, Veronica, Laura and Sister M. Petrine, O.S.F., the former Stella Lapniewski.

She was the last surviving member of the Lapniewski family.

Surviving are two daughters, her caregiver Barbara Ann Kesh, R.N. and her husband John of Hazleton and Frances M. Pisak and her husband David of York, SC; two granddaughters Dr. Tara N. Kesh and Krista A. Kesh both of Hazleton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Miraculous MedalTheresa was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Her family was the world to her and will miss her immensely.  Theresa was a very strong promoter of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, Philadelphia and recited the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy daily.  In her leisure time, Theresa enjoyed bingo, putting puzzles together and doing word searches.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM in St. Casimir’s Church, Shenandoah.  Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will officiate.  Interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 8:30 AM until time of service.  There will be no calling hours Tuesday evening.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Chapel Fund, c/o 108 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

Theresa M. (Lapniewski) Chesla Has 6 Condolences Posted:

  1. Kristy Kerkhoff says:

    Frani & Dave,

    Our deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. She is in God’s care now and what better care could we ever ask for her? I pray for your comfort in the days ahead. God bless you and keep you in his tender care.

    “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~Author Unknown

    With love~ Kristy, Matt and Henry Kerkhoff

  2. Dave and Jackie Semian says:

    Dave and Frani,
    Very sorry for your loss, can’t imagine the grief as you begin to cope.
    We pray the many fond memories you’ve shared will open the doors to the next chapter….one full of kind and caring souls, much the same as your mom and dad clearly passed along to you.
    Their love for you will shine on for eternity.

  3. Melody Fuller says:

    I am so very sorry Frani and family. She is at peace and reunited w/ her husband in Heaven.

  4. Tomasene and Tom says:

    We are so sorry for your loss…

  5. Elaine & Ron Xifo says:

    Frani & Barbara,
    What a beautiful picture of your Mom! I have such fond memories of my visits to
    Pennsylvania as a child and adult. Both your Mom and Dad were so loving and
    generous and so much fun! I’m sure that the hugs, kisses and their wisdom will
    remain in you hearts. Aunt Theresa and Uncle Ted to me and I know how proud
    as parents they were of both of you. May they rest in the peace of their love.
    God bless you, Elaine

  6. Tom & Jackie Houser says:

    Dear Dave and Frani,

    Jackie and I are sorry to hear of your loss. We hope your grief will ease quickly and be replaced by fond happy memories you have all shared.

    Be well, Tom & Jackie