Stan Chelchowski

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm
Saturday, March 19, 2022
The Lion Club of Slidell
356 Cleveland Ave
Slidell, Louisiana, United States

Obituary of Stan Chelchowski

Stan Chelchowski, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, coach, guidance counselor, athlete, and friend, passed away on Monday, February 28, 2022, in Slidell, Louisiana, at the age of 90. Stan was born on May 8, 1931, in Rochester, New York, to Stanley and Aniela Chelchowski, who emigrated from Poland in the 1930s.


Fresh out of high school, Stan worked at Eastman Kodak Company and during this time, also excelled in a local athletics organization’s basketball and track programs. He received a scholarship to Syracuse University and studied there for a year and a half. He left Syracuse to attend Brockport State University, also in New York, with hopes of gaining more playing time in its sports programs.


Rather than graduate from Brockport, Stan instead joined the U.S. Army. Stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, he served in Special Services and was also on the basketball and track teams, winning an All-Army meet. When Stan’s commanding officer was leaving the Army to become athletic director at McNeese State University, he recruited Stan, who played on the school’s track and basketball teams on an athletic scholarship. Interestingly, the new athletic director built his team from his Army recruits.


While at McNeese, Stan was elected student body president and met and married the love of his life, homecoming queen JoAnn Medrano. After graduating from McNeese, Stan was head basketball coach and assistant football and track coach at Landry High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. From there, the family moved to Metairie, Louisiana, when he became the first basketball coach at the newly-opened Archbishop Rummel High School. He later received his master’s degree from Tulane University. He worked at the University of New Orleans as high school relations director, Pope John Paul High School in Slidell as a coach and guidance counselor, and completed his career at Archbishop Hannan High School.


Stan was a lifelong athlete. In addition to basketball, he was an award-winning tennis player, winning many titles and championships on the local and regional level. He was a fierce competitor, but also a fair and honest one. Always a good sport, he won many sportsmanship trophies as well. Additionally, he was proud of getting five hole-in-ones at Pinewood Country Club.


Stan loved family vacations, including lengthy trips to his native Rochester to visit relatives.


In addition to his beloved wife JoAnn, Stan also is survived by the couple’s two sons, Stan Lee “Ski” Chelchowski (Janell) and John Scott Chelchowski; five grandchildren, Candice Chelchowski Joubert (Eric) and Nick, Steven, Joshua, and Jessica Chelchowski; one great-grandchild, Landon Joubert; and a sister, Florence Wolkonowski.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Jane Essler and Gene Domalski and his daughter-in-law, Amy Galloway Chelchowski.


After a private Funeral Mass, all are invited to a Celebration of Life at noon on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Lions Club located at 356 Cleveland Ave. in Slidell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to one’s favorite charity.  Memories and condolences may be expressed at


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