Chester's Story

HALLOWELL - Chester Elwin Willette, age 94, passed quietly Friday, February 13, 2015, at the Alfond Center for Health, Augusta, ME. He was born October 27, 1920 in Patten, ME a son of the late Ralph Willette and Leah Ingerson.

Chester graduated valedictorian from Patten Academy and continued with his education at Northeastern University in Massachusetts in the field of Nuclear Physics, received his Masters of

Education from the University of Maine at Orono, and worked on his Doctorate of Education at Columbia University, New York. Upon graduation Chester joined the United States Army and served in the European Theatre during WW II.

After leaving military service, he went into education as his chosen life work. Over the course of his career he was a teacher, principal, interim superintendent, chairman of the Secondary Ed. Dept., at the University of Maine at Farmington, worked for the Dept. of Education, State of Maine and was instrumental in implementing libraries into public schools as part of the accreditation process.

During his first year of teaching, he met his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Calista Leland of Sangerville, ME.

Chester was an active member of Abner Wade Masonic Lodge, Susie Carr Chapter 181, Order of the Eastern Star, Shriners and The Scottish Rites. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed creating things out of wood and had great pride and joy in all of his family.

Chester was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy and brother, Wayne.

He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Carroll and Bernadette Willette of Linneus, Darrell and Margo Willette of Chesapeake, VA, Brian and Brenda Willette of Whitefield and Sally and Steven Costello of Pittston; a sister-in-law, Joyce Willette of Orrington and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements will be made for a spring burial and memorial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Chester's memory may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME, 04074.

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