Chet Miers Passed Away
April 02, 2018

Article by Lynette Coil

We thank Mike Dolan for notifying us that Brace Beagler, Chet Miers of Stateline Beagles and past President of Warren County Beagle Club was called home on Wednesday, 3/28.  He was especially proud and fond of his AKC Field Champion Stateline Sally III.  He supported the local trials in New Jersey during his career.  Rest In Peace and Soar With The Eagles!

Chester Kenneth Miers


Chester Kenneth Miers PHILLIPSBURG Chester Kenneth Miers passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, on March 28, 2018. He was born on May 7, 1928. Chet was the son of the late Russel S. Miers and Estie Fisher Miers. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Lucille H. Crusan, who passed away Oct. 7, 1998, and his four siblings, Mildred Coleman, Paul Miers, Allen Miers and Harold Miers. Chet is survived by his three children, David C. Miers and his wife, Debbie, of Alpha, Blair B. Miers and his partner, Mary Ann Barton, of Forks Township, and Laura Miers-Azzalina and her husband, Carl, of Bethlehem Twp. He had seven grandchildren: Brianne Miers, Zachary Miers (wife Melanie), Alison Pickel (husband Matthew), Stephanie Miers, Jenna Winchenbach (husband Jason), Elizabeth Ramaly (husband Chad) and Tyler Azzalina (wife Heather); and five great-grandchildren, Briella, Blair, Henry, Porter, and Chase. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Dorothy Swauger of Phillipsburg. Chet was a proud member of the Phillipsburg community. After graduation from Phillipsburg High School in 1946, he attended the Mergenthaler Linotype School in New York. During his career he worked as a linotype operator and retired from the Journal of Commerce, formerly in Phillipsburg. He was a lifetime member of the Grace Lutheran Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was a sportsman and sports fan. Chet was an active member of the Warren County Beagle Club. He bred and raised beagles for field trial competition. His beagles won many awards and much recognition. He was especially proud of his AKC Field Champion, Stateline Sally III. Chet was the longtime president and reunion chairman of Phillipsburg High School, Class of 1946, and a longtime member of the Phillipsburg High School Garnet Booster Club. He is credited with starting midget wrestling in Phillipsburg. Chet helped to establish the Firthtown and PAL wrestling programs in the middle 1950's and produced many of Phillipsburg's outstanding wrestlers during the Thad Turner era. Viewing hours will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Tuesday, April 3, from 9 to 10 a.m., at The Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St., Phillipsburg, NJ. Services will be held on Tuesday beginning at the funeral home at 10 a.m., followed by services at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 300 Roseberry St., Phillipsburg, NJ. Interment will be in Greenwich Cemetery, Greenwich Twp., NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Line Club, which serves to support the Phillipsburg Middle School and High School wrestling program. Donations can be sent to The Line Club, c/o Bob Coyle, 192 Hagerty Ave., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. Finegan Funeral Home 302 Heckman St. Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 (908) 859-4500


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