In Memory of Al Chesnik (1946-2010)

Long-time Akron Railroad Club member Albin (Al) T. Chesnik died at 1:53 a.m. on Sunday (July 11, 2010) at University Hospitals in Cleveland after a long battle with cancer. Chesnik, 63, who resided in Walton Hills, Ohio, joined the ARRC in 2000. He was also a member of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts and the Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club.

Chesnik worked as supervisor of the records department of the Common Pleas–Appellate division of the Office of the Clerk of the Cuyahoga County Court system. He attended Kent State University.

ARRC secretary Tim Krogg recalled that Chesnik had a fondness for the Erie Railroad (later the Erie Lackawanna) that stemmed from his childhood days when he would observe operations near his home of an Erie iron ore transfer terminal. He also had an interest in the Pennsylvania Railroad and was an avid model railroader.

Chesnik was born on October 14, 1946. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy V. (Blank) Chesnik; two sisters, Lauren T. Diorie and Beth Svec.; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Albin T. Chesnik.

Services will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at Fortuna Funeral Home, 7076 Brecksville Road. The funeral liturgy will be at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to the University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center or the Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club.

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