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Moment of Silence-- Chester Halka Sr., 80

Halka Nurseries, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is mourning the founder, Chester Halka Sr., who passed away Sept. 11 at the age of 80 at the Monroe Village Healthcare Center in New Jersey.

Halka Nurseries is one of the few farmers of mature trees in the U.S., with tens of thousands of trees on on1,250-acres in Millstone, New Jersey and thousands of others on a farm in Cumberland County. His trees are planted all over the country, including at the White House and on the grounds of the Statue of Liberty.

Mr. Halka, born in South River, New Jersey, was a resident of Millstone the last 38 years. He served in the Army during WW II in the South Pacific. He received lifetime achievement awards from the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Halka enjoyed traveling and the polka.

He had three brothers and four sisters. Two sisters, Irene Livak and Sally Masley, survive him. He also leaves behind his wife, Elsie Halka; a son and daughter-in-law, Chet Jr. and Bonnie; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Thomas Waters; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Source: Asbury Park Press of New Jersey


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November 12, 2019, 5:06 am PDT

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