Lino "Chic" John Cechini

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  • Name: Lino "Chic" John Cechini
  • Location of Birth: St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 14, 1917
  • Date of Death: December 28, 1994 (77 years old)
  • Parents: Angelo and Maria Cechini
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  • Highest Rank: F1 (Fireman First Class Non Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: March 17, 1945
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  • Date of Discharge: November 25, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    Lino was 23 years old when he enlisted in the service.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    "Chic" was raised and attended school in the St. Cloud, Minnesota area. After high school, he farmed for several years in Popple Creek Township near St. Cloud, Minnesota.

    After serving during World War II, he worked as a welder in Greenland and owned and operated a blacksmith shop in Foley, Minnesota.

    He was united in marriage to Helen Grabinski in 1936. In 1953, he came to Grand Rapids, Minnesota where he owned and operated the 7-Up distributorship for several years.

    From 1955 to 1978, he owned and operated the Harbor Restaurant. He then moved to Inger, Minnesota where he owned and operated the Inger Store until his retirement in 1978 when he returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, and the Eagles Club, all of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, he is survived by his wife, Helen; two daughters, Virginia Jetland and Kathryn Bixby; two sons, Norman and Dan; two sisters, Anne Senzek and Elena Jurek; sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-A-28-1-3)

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