York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Chester W. Piekielniak
Piekielniak imageChester W. Piekielniak, 68, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Chester was born in Michigan City, Indiana and a peninsula resident since 1962. He attended Denbigh High School and graduated from Ludwigsburg American High School in Stuttgart, Germany. He served in the U S Army and retired from the Naval Weapon Station. He was past Commander of the DAV Chapter 2 and was a member of the Middle Peninsula Jeep Club. He was an avid pool player with American Pool Association, and was an excellent cook. He was preceded in death by his wife of 18 years, Doreatha Piekielniak. He is survived by two sisters, Vicky and Celia; two stepsons, Ricky and Phil; five grandchildren; two nephews and eight nieces. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Interment will be private in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society
John Richard Bing
JBing imageJohn Richard Bing, 74, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017. John was born in of Corpus Christi, TX and raised in Fremont, OH and a Yorktown resident since 2007. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1961 and served in the US Navy from 1963 thru 1971. He worked as a Computer Engineer with EDS and NCIS and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6901 an avid reader and photographer. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Elizabeth Gibson Bing and Robert Edwin Bing and survived by his wife of 53 years Joan L. Bing, his children, Shawn Bing (Loretta) and Dawn Killian (Carl); three sisters, Christine Howell and Carolyn Nieset (Clarence) and Roberta Moore (Kelly) and a brother Charles E. Bing; 6 grandchildren, Lauren, Blake, Aaron, Collyn, Kathleen and Megan, two stepgrandchildren James and Steven and great-grandson, Liam. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 AM on in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the John Paul II Center. Memorials may be made to ST. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 315 Harris Grove Lane, Yorktown, VA 23692. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
John Paul Gapcynski
Gapcynski imageJohn Paul Gapcynski, 94, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. John was born in Schenectady, NY and was a Peninsula resident since 1947. John attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1941 to 1943. He left RPI to serve in the US Army Corps of Engineers and was sent to New Guinea maintaining a fuel pipeline across the island. He also spent time in Tokyo and upon his separation from the Army he returned to RPI to complete his education. In 1947 he was recruited out of RPI by NACA (NASA) at Langley. He then spent his career with NASA as an Aerospace Engineer before his retirement in 1979. Among his many projects he was involved with were supersonic aerodynamics, lunar orbit and the Viking missions. John was an Eagle Scout and loved the outdoors and spent lot of time camping in the Adirondack Mountains. His love of the outdoors continued all of his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ferne; two children, Paul Gapcynski of James City County and Suzanne Wood and her husband Walter of Leesburg, VA and four grandchildren, Miles and Taylor Gapcynski and Lindsey and Austin Wood. Private services by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
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