Cheston “Chet” M.D. Breitholtz, age 54, of Cokato, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at home in the presence of his wife, daughter, and granddaughter.
He was born April 27, 1954, in Cokato, the son of Carlton and Elsie (Ahlstrom) Breitholtz. Chet grew up in Cokato, and graduated from Cokato High School in May 1972. His high school class was the last graduating class from Cokato before Dassel/Cokato consolidated in the fall of 1972.
Cheston’s nickname was “Chesty” when he was growing up. He had a very dynamic personality, and seemed to be afraid of absolutely nothing. He was always a leader in class, and most of all, on the playground.
Chesty had his pick of friends everyone liked him. He was the one kid you wanted at your birthday party! He had an infectious laugh and seemed to be always happy.
Following high school, Chet attended St. Cloud State College and Anoka Technical College.
In 1980, after college, he entered the United States Air Force. He spent his service time in Manila, Philippines (where he met his wife, Vergie); and in the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado (high security). While in Colorado, he was appointed a noncommissioned officer in the grade of sergeant in the United States Airforce Oct. 1, 1983.
Chet was united in marriage to Vergie Sept. 30, 1982, at the home of his parents in Cokato. They had two children, Mary and Michael.
Chet worked at Micro Component Technology, Inc. in Roseville for the past 25 years.
An avid golfer, he enjoyed watching all Minnesota sport teams on TV. Chet especially enjoyed time with his family and friends, and was extremely proud of his grandchildren.
Chet is survived by his wife, Vergie Breitholtz; two children, Mary and Michael (Brandi); two grandchildren, Ramaero and Mariah; a sister, Carlynn (Dean) Smith; a brother, Charlton Breitholtz; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato with visitation for one hour preceding the service at the church. The Rev. Danville Swanson officiated, with music provided by the late Carlton Breitholtz, Dwight Dahlman, and Bonnie Johnson. Interment was at the Baptist Cemetery in Cokato.
Casket bearers were Michael Breitholtz, Danny Martin, George Montgomery, Terry Varcho, Larry Anderson, Mike Wuollet, and Roy Forseberg. Chet’s wife, children, and grandchildren were honorary casket bearers.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.