Chester E. "Skip/Chet" Buquo

Chester E. “Skip/Chet” Buquo, 81, of Country Club Drive, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday evening, November 7, 2011 at his residence.

He was born in Ellwood City on August 11, 1930 to the late Chester W. Buquo, who passed away in 1963 and the late Mae B. Mirtz Buquo, who passed away in 1988.

Skip was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City and retired from the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. He married Dorothy Primrose Buquo on June 24, 1953. Together they operated the Buquo Photography Studio for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ellwood City, where he was a member of the Apple Dumping Gang and helped with the weekly soup luncheons. He was also a member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club, F.&A.M. #599 Ellwood Lodge, the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, the Wampum Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, and was a former Meals on Wheels volunteer. He was active in the Carpenter’s Project and, along with his wife, was an AFS host family. He traveled extensively which provided many photos for his well-known slideshows.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by three daughters: Bonnie (and Timothy) Pratt and Deborah J. (and John) Moffatt, all of Ellwood City, and Karen L. (and Samuel) Cordi of Whitefish, MT. Seven grandchildren: Damian (and Summer) Minteer, Jamie Minteer, Chad (and Jamie) Moffatt, Casey Cordi, Lisa Cordi, Joshua Pratt, and Abigail Pratt also survive, as well as five great grandchildren: Daisy, Trinity, Hunter, Chase, and Brady.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, November 11, 2011 at TURNER’S with Rev. James Cannistracci, Skip’s pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Members of F.&A.M. #599 Ellwood Lodge are asked to meet at the funeral home at 6:45 P.M. on Thursday evening to conduct a Masonic funeral service.

Members of the Veteran’s Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:45 A.M. on Friday morning to conduct full military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Skip’s name, to the Alzheimer’s Association, Gateway Hospice, or to the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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