Petranek Cestmir Jaromir

Male 1915 - 2003  (87 years)


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  • Name Petranek Cestmir Jaromir 
    Nickname Chet or Chester 
    Born 11 Nov 1915  Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 12 Dec 1915  Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Hus Memorial Presybterian Church, 631 9th Avenue Southeast 
    MRIN 20 - Doris 
    MRIN
    _FSID KNW2-BMY 
    Name Chester J Petranek 
    Residence 1920  Cedar Rapids Ward 13, Linn, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _FSFTID KNW2-BMY 
    _UID EDD164F1A94A477187573E4531E339EA56CC 
    Died 7 Nov 2003  Adelphi, Prince Georges, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 14 Nov 2003  Burtonsville, Montgomery, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Married Mabel Mercer, later divorced in July 1960.
      Father of Gary, Kathleen & Steve

      2nd Marriage to Doris Gazda in 1961
      Father of Andrew and Dorianne

      Life devoted to music - extremely gifted in violin & viola
      Supervisor of music, Montgomery. Co. MD schools for 3l yrs
      Founded M.C. Youth Orchestra & M.C. Symphony
      Founder of MD Center for Arts for gifted students
      In retirement - still conducts orchestras, plays golf & travels

      Chester lived at 853 S 15th St., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Gary & Carol Petranek were at Chester's side when he died. We made the funeral rrangements and Gary was the executor of his estate.

      Social Security Death Index
      Name: Chester J. Petranek
      Date of Birth: Thursday November 11, 1915
      Date of Death: Friday November 07, 2003
      Est. Age at death: 87 years, 11 months, 27 days
      Last known residence:
      City: Silver Spring; Cloverly; Colesville
      County: Montgomery
      State: Maryland
      ZIP Code: 20904
      Latitude: 39.0660
      Longitude: -76.9783
      Confirmation: Verified

      Social Security details:
      State of Issue: Iowa
      Number: 480-03-8956

      DEATH NOTICE:
      Washington Post, The (DC) - November 10, 2003
      Deceased Name: PETRANEK, CHESTER J.
      On November 7, 2003, of Silver Spring. Beloved father of Stephen L. Petranek (Barbara), Gary L. Petranek (Carol), Kathleen Moody (Dick), Andrew (Julia) and Doriann Petranek; brother of Jerry Petranek and Patricia Johnston; grandfather of Diane Nelson, Michael Petranek, Stefan Petranek, Jennifer Shanley, Erin Sullivan, Lisa Van De Lune, Kathryn Soper and George Lynard and great grandfather to 17. Friends may call at HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, 11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD, on Thursday, November 13, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. Services will be on Friday, at 10am at the funeral home. Interment Union Cemetery. Contributions may be made to MCYO-Chester J. Petranek scholarship fund, P.O. Box 30036, Bethesda, MD 20834-0034
      Copyright (c) 2003 The Washington Post


      OBITUARY:
      Washington Post, The (DC) - November 14, 2003
      Deceased Name: Chester Petranek Dies Led Youth Symphony
      Chester Petranek, 87, former supervisor of music for the Montgomery County schools who also was founder and director of the Montgomery County Youth Symphony and the Montgomery County Symphony, died Nov. 7 at Hillhaven Nursing Home in Adelphi after a stroke.
      For 47 years, Mr. Petranek was conductor of the Youth Symphony and the County Symphony, both of which he founded in 1946. He retired from the county schools in 1976 after 30 years of service. During that period, he taught music at 13 elementary schools and three junior high schools. He also taught band and orchestra at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He was named supervisor of music in 1960.

      To his aspiring young musicians, Mr. Petranek was known as a tough and demanding disciplinarian who tolerated no foolery. "The kids have to learn that I'm the conductor and that the conductor's in charge. That's the way it is in the professional world. This is very serious in terms of their future," he told The Washington Post in 1982.

      He was known to boast that the 100 or so young musicians playing in his youth orchestra constituted the "best youth orchestra in the whole area . . . possibly in the whole United States." To win a seat in that orchestra, candidates had to pass a personal audition with Mr. Petranek. That generally included a prepared recital and an on-the-spot exercise in musical sight reading. Many failed to make the cut.

      Those who passed could expect at least two hours a week of rigorous rehearsal and practice of music by the likes of Brahms, Beethoven, Wagner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Mozart and Haydn. They would perform at such venues as the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center and in auditoriums throughout the region. The best of them would go on to careers as professional musicians with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Symphony.

      Mr. Petranek , a Silver Spring resident, was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated summa cum laude from Iowa's Coe College, where he majored in viola and violin. Later, he received a master's degree in supervision and administration from George Washington University. During World War II, he served in the Army, where one of his assignments was directing the band at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

      He remained in this area after the war, commenced his career with the Montgomery County public schools and organized the Montgomery County Symphony and the Youth Symphony, essentially to give the musically talented an opportunity to showcase their abilities.
      In the 1950s, he studied conducting under the famed Pierre Monteux, who led the San Francisco and Metropolitan Operas, the Boston Symphony and several European orchestras.
      For 21 years, until he stepped down in 1976, he played viola in the National Gallery Orchestra and also played in other orchestras and chamber ensembles in the area. In 1966, he founded a summer music camp at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland, supported by state and federal funding. The operation evolved into the Maryland Center for the Arts.

      Mr. Petranek was a former president of the Maryland Music Educators Association and a member of the American Federation of Musicians.

      His marriages to Mabel Wirth and Doris Gazda ended in divorce. His companion, Helen Turner, died in 2000.

      Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Stephen L. Petranek of Chappaqua, N.Y., Gary Petranek of Colesville and Kathleen Moody of Key West, Fla.; two children from his second marriage, Andrew Petranek of Los Angeles and Doriann Petranek of Tucson; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
      Copyright (c) 2003 The Washington Post
    Person ID I32  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2014 

    Father Petranek Jaromir,   b. 2 Jan 1893, Baiervek, Velim, Kolin, Stredocesky, Bohemian Kingdom, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1964, Orangevale, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Mlynar Marie Rose,   b. 14 Sep 1890, Pecin, Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Královéhradecký, Austria-Hungary Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1957, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 5 May 1915  Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mercer Mabel Oleta,   b. 2 Feb 1915, Grant City, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 2010, Key West, Monroe, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 23 May 1941  Panora, Guthrie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 1960  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Best Man was Mr. Gittens, Brides Maid was Ruth Kimberling.
      Devorced July 1, 1960
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
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    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Petranek, Chester 1998
    Petranek, Chester 1998

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Death certificate or recorded in book of deaths.

    2. [S17] Cemetery records.

    3. [S459] Marie Mlynar, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934".


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