Fred J. ‘Pinky’ Chwalek

OSWEGO, NY – Fred J. “Pinky” Chwalek, 92, a resident of 56 Valley View Drive, Oswego, passed away on Thursday Feb. 24, 2011, at University Hospital, Syracuse.

Born in Oswego, he was a son of the late John C. and Katherine (Sudol) Chwalek.

He was a graduate of Oswego High School and Rochester Business Institute.

He was an electrician and was a member of the #328  #B43 union for 70 years.

He was associated with the City Appliance Center for more than 25 years.

Mr. Chwalek was a veteran of World War II serving in the infantry of the United States Army.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #271 and a former member of the Knight of Columbus #227.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 45 years, the former Mary (Stone) Chwalek; a brother, John (Mary) Chwalek of Oswego; and two daughters, Elizabeth Powers and Constance Chwalek of East Syracuse.

Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family.

There are no calling hours.

Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to OCAW League c/o Hillary McIntyre, PO Box 442, Fulton, NY 13069 or St. Stephen’s Church Improvement Fund, 138 Niagara St., Oswego, NY 13126


  1. We will miss you Pinky, you were a good man. I wish that I would have gotten to know you sooner, but enjoyed the time that I did have to see you. Rest in peace and say hello to Uncle Ray.

  2. My sincere condolences to the Chwalek Family.

    On the ‘Hill’ Pinky Chwalek was a near legend to the young men and women of my generation. Entrepreneur, skilled tradesman, union man, church man: He was held in high esteem by many of us. When we would pass by the store, we would hope to ‘sight’ Pinky just for the recognition factor.

    Rest easy, Pinky.

    Bob Salesi
    (former resident of 14 Hart Street)

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