Cover photo for William S. Chelko's Obituary
William S. Chelko Profile Photo
1932 William 2020

William S. Chelko

February 12, 1932 — September 3, 2020

William S. Chelko, 88, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born February 12, 1932, in Brackenridge to the late Julius and Mary Rose (Knotek) Chelko. Bill attended St. Mathias School and St. Vincents in Latrobe and Har-Brack High School. He served his country in the Korean War as an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force. Bill retired as a roll turner from Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge after 42 years of service. He was a member of Guardian Angels Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights, where he served as an usher. Bill was a volunteer for the Alle Kiski Health Foundation and also at Allegheny Valley Hospital. He enjoyed fishing, taking care of his garden and flowers, camping with family and friends at Pymatuming Lake and spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends. Bill also enjoyed traveling with his late wife to Europe, Seoul Korea and annual Air Force Reunions throughout the United States.
He is survived by his children, Amy (Samuel) Sheaffer, of Parks Township, Kevin (Teresa) Chelko, of Huntersville, N.C. and Alan (Sharon Machuga) Chelko, of Prague, Czech Republic; grandchildren, Sara (Braden) Orange, Kalie (Michael Minda) Sheaffer, Lauren Sheaffer, Christopher (Fiorella Becker) Chelko, Amanda (Darian) Harris, Madeline Chelko, Max Chelko, Quinn Chelko and Niko Chelko and by his great-grandchildren, Magnus Chelko and Dominic Harris. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Frances X. (Obidowski) Chelko on May 10, 2020, brothers, Frank, Louis and Joseph Chelko and sisters, Rose Brestensky and Amelia Baranowski.

Friends will be received on Monday from 5-8 p.m. in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle street, Natrona Heights 724-224-8688, where a parting prayer service will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor the Rev. John B. Lendvai as celebrant. Burial with full military accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Alle Kiski Health Foundation, 1 Acee Drive, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065. Please be prepared to follow CDC guidelines, including face masks and social distancing. To send an online condolence please visit

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of William S. Chelko, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, September 7, 2020

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 1

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree