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Michael S. Chakeres

Michael S. Chakeres, 85, of Elizabeth, NJ, passed away peacefully at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Mountainside, NJ on Friday, January 5, 2018.

Beloved Husband of Patricia (Nee Hart) Chakeres and the late Peggy (Nee Pappas) Chakeres. Loving Father of Stella Chakeres Brockner and the Late Maria E. Xouris, step-sons, Richard W. Zbranak and Michael A. Zbranak. Devoted Grandfather of Peter, Michael and Gregory Xouris, Josh, Graham, Seth and James Brockner, Zachary, Jessica and Spencer Zbranak and Jacquelyn and Sedera Zbranak. Also survived by seven Dear Great-Grandchildren.

Michael was born in McKeesport, PA, Michael lived in New York for many years before moving to Elizabeth, NJ. He was an English Teacher, Supervisor of Reading, Author and an Assistant Principal at Port Richmond High School in Staten Island.

The Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Growney Funeral Home, 1070 North Broad Street, Hillside, NJ. The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Interment Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth, NJ.

In Lieu of Flowers, donations to the Huntington’s Foundation would be appreciated.

He taught English in the New York City High Schools, all grades and abilities. He worked at the Board of Education for the City of New York. He was Supervisor of the Reading Programs for the City, did Teacher Training and wrote curriculum for all levels of High School English.

He was the co-author of the Book series “Real Stories” used to teach reading across the country, but mainly in New York and New Jersey schools.

He taught a “Media and Communication” course at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. He did guest appearances as a “Visiting Author” to many schools in New York City and New Jersey. After retirement from the New York City School System, the then taught at St. Joseph Hill Academy in Staten Island. He was the Moderator of the Year Book for 14 years, taught Creative Writing and Great Books courses in addition to sophomore and Junior English.