The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 15, 2014

Joseph ‘Chic’ R. Chizmar

Former Sharon man was printing company exec


- — Joseph “Chic” R. Chizmar, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died Friday (3-14-14) in Vista Center in Mineral Ridge, Ohio. Formerly he made his home on Haig Street, Sharon, until his wife, Maxine’s death in 2010. It was his “little corner of the world.” He was 94.

Mr. Chizmar was born on Sept. 15, 1919, in Sharon, a son of Michael and Anne (Platko) Chizmar. He graduated from Sharon High School in 1937.

He married Emma Maxine (Marsteller) Chizmar on Sept. 12, 1942, and they enjoyed 67 wonderful years together. They had four children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Chic, as he was known to his friends, was a longtime employee of Whitehead Eagle Printing Company. He retired as vice president in 1982.

Mr. Chizmar was a long time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sharon.

He was a member of the F.O.P. for many years. He also enjoyed being a member of the Penn-Ohio Singers. He joined when he was 80 years old, and the Singers always brought a smile to his face when they came to sing at Vista Center.

He enjoyed making wine, gardening, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially Sunday trips to Lake Erie. Every day he did the crossword puzzle and Jumble game in The Herald. He loved “chasing trains” with his son, John. He could fix anything and everything. For several years he and his wife, Maxine, enjoyed spending their winters in Florida with family and friends.

Chic was very much loved by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who will cherish their memories and time spent with him.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathryn A. (Chizmar) Collovecchio and her husband Sam, Warren, Ohio; and M. Jo (Chizmar) Hanahan, Senatobia, Miss.; a son, John J. Chizmar, and his wife Marcy, Champion, Ohio. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Thomas R. Hanahan, Long Island, N.Y.; Jeffrey R. Hanahan, Atlanta; Erin E. (Hanahan) Fussell, Hernando, Miss., three great-granddaughters, Kate Olivia and Kelsey Elizabeth Fussell; and Samantha Marie Hanahan; a sister, Helen (Chizmar) Whalen; and a brother, Edward Chizmar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maxine; his oldest son, Raymond John Chizmar; and his brothers, John and Michael Chizmar.

Memorial contributions may be made to Penn Ohio Singers c/o Curt Weaver, 170 Wise Road, Greenville, PA 16125 or to your favorite charity.


Joseph “Chic” R., 94, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, formerly of Haig Street, Sharon.

The family will be holding a private memorial service in lieu of a funeral or visiting hours. Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements entrusted to the Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage.