Chester B. Muroski, former Luzerne County decide and district legal professional, died Wednesday at age 80.
Muroski succumbed to COVID-19 at Paoli Hospital in Chester County, in accordance to an obituary submitted by his household.
Muroski, who lived in Bear Creek Village, experienced a long lawful occupation that started off in 1966 as a authorized help attorney and lasted a lot more than 50 yrs, until finally his retirement as a senior judge in 2017.
Muroski served as district legal professional from 1978 until eventually he was elected county judge in 1981. He served on the county bench right up until he reached 70, at that time the necessary retirement age. He then became a senior decide.
Fellow attorneys and judges remembered Muroski as a consummate authorized expert and a caring, respectable person.
“He was a dedicated general public servant,” said Luzerne County President Decide Michael T. Vough. “His courtroom was operate extremely competently.”
Vough claimed he appeared before Muroski commonly as an legal professional, primarily in household courtroom issues.
Muroski “was usually well prepared, and adopted the law in each scenario,” Vough explained.
Muroski grew to become the county’s president judge in 2009, subsequent the resignation of former judge Mark Ciavarella, who was later imprisoned in relationship with the infamous children-for-hard cash scandal.
Vough credited Muroski with restoring balance to the county courtroom system, which experienced been thrown into disarray by the scandal.
“He led us via a really tumultuous time,” Vough claimed. “He was instrumental in finding us again on keep track of.”
Peter Paul Olszewski Jr., a former Luzerne County district attorney and choose, achieved Muroski in large school when Muroski started performing as a legislation clerk for Olszewski’s father, who was a Luzerne County judge.
“He was a fantastic person,” Olszewski claimed. “He was a formidable district legal professional and someone who gave me steering various periods. He was someone who unquestionably assisted mentor me early in my occupation. He was pretty beneficial. Then when I acquired on the bench he was someone I was capable to chat to on a everyday foundation. He could not have been more useful. He was often a friend. It’s a huge decline for the complete authorized group.”
Jackie Musto Carroll, former county district lawyer, explained Muroski as “a gentleman and certainly a superior human being.”
“I appreciated showing ahead of him because he was fair and very sensible,” Musto Carroll mentioned. “That manufactured him an outstanding judge.”
For the reason that of pandemic-related limitations, there will be no general public products and services at this time, according to Muroski’s obituary.
A celebration of Muroski’s daily life will be held soon after the pandemic is solved, the obituary states.