Mass of Christian burial for Anthony Francis Kalchik, 80, was held on Oct. 4 at St. Mary's Catholic Church followed by military graveside rites in the Visalia Cemetery. He survived two bouts of cancer, losing his third battle on Sept. 29.
He was born on Nov. 26, 1923 in Omena, Michigan. The fourth of nine children of Wencil and Barbara Kalchik, he was raised on a farm 15 miles south of Northport, Mich. At 17 he left the farm to join the Navy. While Tony was stationed at the Heavier Than Air Base in Freedom, Calif., he met the love of his life, Norma. They married on Feb. 21, 1946. After leaving the Navy, he worked in construction as a lather, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed gardening and was famous for his tomatoes. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Lost Chord Club.
He is preceded in death by two daughters, Sue Ellen and Barbara Ann Kalchik. He is survived by his wife, Norma; his children and their families, Mark and wife Laura and children Kenneth and Jeanette Kalchik, Greg and wife Trudy and children Sarah and Anthony Kalchik, Christine, Daren, and Paige Richards, and Arlene Kalchik.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Tulare County, 900 W. Oak, Visalia 93291. Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Chapel of Exeter.