Daniel Edward Chudzinski

March 13, 1926January 22, 2012

Daniel E. Chudzinski, 85, of Fremont, died Sunday, January 22, at his residence. He was born March 13, 1926 in Fremont, the son of Anthony A. and Ellen (Reinbolt) Chudzinski. He was a 1944 graduate of St. Joseph High School. After high school, Dan enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp., where he was assigned to the 15th Air Force, manning heavy machine guns in the ring turret of B-29 aircraft. He was honorably discharged June 30, 1946 attaining the rank of Corporal. His military awards include; the American Theatre Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After his military service Dan returned to Fremont to operate the family business the former A. A. Chudzinski and Sons Market and Tony’s Grill, now Chud’s Inc., with his father and brother. He became owner of the business in 1963. On October 15, 1949 he married Pauline Molyet at St. Joseph Church in Fremont. She preceded him in death on February 7, 2003. He was a founding member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, an active member of the Holy Name Society at the former St. Casimir’s Church and a current member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. He held additional memberships with the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and V.F.W., Disabled American Veterans and the Ohio Nomads Camping Group. A friend to many, he enjoyed traveling, flying his helicopter and airplane as a commercially rated pilot, and spending his winters in Gulf Shores, AL. Dan was an avid, eclectic, collector of the unusual and certainly proud to be Polish. Although he has stories for many of his accomplishments, his greatest was raising his 10 children.

Surviving are his children: Therese (Michael) Clouse of Fostoria, OH; Anthony (Cathy) Chudzinski of Fremont, OH; Karen (Al) O’Neal of Fremont, OH; Mary (Chuck) Beier of Swanton, OH; Barbara (John) Chudzinski of DeFuniak Springs, FL;. Patty (Brad) Culbert of Fremont, OH; Mark (Judy) Chudzinski of Fremont, OH; Peter (Joy) Chudzinski of Fremont, OH; Jacob (Kathy) Chudzinski of Fremont, OH; Amy Chudzinski of Fremont, OH; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; constant companion Rachel Shearon of Fremont, OH; sisters: Katie (Stan) Root of Fremont, OH; Margaret Pert of Fremont, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, son Frederick Leo, brother, Vincent Chudzinski and sister, Lucille Miller. Visitation will take place Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 2-8 P.M. at Keller-Ochs-Koch-Mason Funeral & Cremation Service, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, OH. Vigil services will begin at 7:30P.M. A Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:30A.M. on Wednesday from St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Zacharias officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery with military graveside honors performed by the V.F.W. and American Legion. Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Ann’s Catholic Church or Hospice of Memorial Hospital. Arrangements under the direction of Keller-Ochs-Koch-Mason Funeral & Cremation Service, Fremont, OH.


  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 25, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Daniel Edward Chudzinski

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February 1, 2012

To The Family of Dan Chudzinski, My prayers and condlances are with you during your time of grief! I remember Dan when i was very little waiting with my dad to get us what we needed in the market. always a smile and he knew his customers by their first names! He will Be Missed By Many! Kim Kiser-Anchorage,AK

January 31, 2012

Karen and family, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.Have known you all since I moved to Fremont in '46. He always reminded me that he knew my grandfather that lived out on the Prairie, long before he knew us. Vi Hensgen Rosenberger God bless all.

January 28, 2012

We were so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Please know the Chudzinski family is in our thoughts and prayers during the difficult time.

Travon and Sandy Sexton, Canton, Connecticut

Debbie Zagroba

January 28, 2012

My deepest sympathy Therese for the loss of your father. I know you and your family will find comfort in all the good memories you have of him.

larry smith

January 27, 2012

I remember Dan very fondly.I worked for him briefly at Chuds. I also worked for Vince at the log cabin. In the late 60's he helped me when I lost my job at Quickut,I was only 18. I will always remember him as a great man.

Bob & Kathy Gillmor

January 27, 2012

We were so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I know my dad will miss his Monday morning breakfasts with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

January 27, 2012

Patty, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your Family.

Joe and Lucy Durnwald

January 26, 2012

So sorry to hear the loss of your beloved Father. Our condolences are with you all.

Rev. Thomas Extejt

January 26, 2012

For four years, I was the priest at Chud's on Saturday night. It was always an enjoyable occasion. I kidded Dan when I was about to leave town that I wanted a branch office of Chud's to open in Columbus Grove. I look forward to seeing him again at the heavenly banquet.

Tom Merrill

January 26, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.