Chester “Chet” R. Pryga, age 78, passed away at his home on June 1, 2021. He was born March 28, 1943 to John and Regina (Szydlowski) Pryga in Wausau, WI.

Chet graduated from Mosinee High School in 1961. Having a passion for the outdoors, he relocated to Fort Collins, CO to study Forest Management at the University of Colorado. After earning his degree, he returned to Wisconsin and worked for the DNR for over 30 years.

Chet is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne; son, Mike; daughter, Stacy (Casey) Abbott; grandchildren, Brandon, Joshua, Tianna, Connor, and Carter; brother, John Jr. (Barb) Richard; sister, Laura (John) Seidschlag; brother-in-law, Wally (Jeri) Biumenstein; sister-in-law, Jean (Sherman) Marcis; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his father and mother-in-law.

A mass of Christian burial will be at Guardian Angels Parish at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (507 Main St. Black River Falls, WI 54615) Tuesday June 8, 2021. Father Emmanuel Famiyeh will be officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Mosinee Cemetery in Mosinee, WI. Friends may call on family at the visitation from 10-11 at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials will go to the Food Shelf food pantry in Black River Falls.

The Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls is serving the family, (715) 284-2231. On-line condolences may be offered at http://www.buswellfh.com.

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