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Chuck Kuczor: the sweet life


by Sunny Layne

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Some people think our quality of life diminishes as we get older, but one 86-year-old retiree says his life has gotten sweeter as he's gotten older, and he's happy to share his secret.

Meet Chuck Kuczor, someone you should know.

"Hello Bev! I need some mints," he said.

At first glance you may think Chuck Kuczor has a sweet tooth.

But after following this 86-year-old around in Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, you realize, he just wants to sweeten other people's lives.

"You're welcome dear. Have a good day. I like your outfit. It's beautiful," he said to a woman in the waiting room.

Chuck Kuczor volunteers about seven hours every week. He hands out plenty of smiles and plenty of candy.

"Me? no. I don't pass out candy," he said.

"He's the best thing that has happened to this hospital," nurse Maureen Beckman said.

Beckman has worked as a nurse for 25 years, as long as Kuczor has volunteered.

"He can't walk through the halls of this hospital without getting stopped every few feet," she said.

"Chuck made her last days here more special and I love him for that," paramedic Jane Morgan said of her late mother.

Morgan's mother found out she had cancer just three weeks before she died.

Kuczor visited her mother regularly and bought her flowers.

"She passed away two weeks ago and I know she's up there saying 'Chuck was the most adorable, giving man,'" Morgan said.

"One of the things I love best about Chuck was his devotion to Ruth," Beckman said.

"She was a wonderful woman," Kuczor said of his late wife Ruth.

This retired telephone company worker and father of one doesn't reserve kindness for just friends. His deep love for his late wife is legendary.

"No matter how hard it got, or how much time it took, he was there for her every step of the way," Beckman said. "You don't see that very often."

"Chocolate? that's a vegetable," a doctor said after receiving Kuczor's candy.

"He's got nice hair," Kuczor quipped back to the bald doctor.

Despite missing his wife who also volunteered, Kuczor fills his days with humor and service, and that he says is the recipe for a very sweet life."

Sartori workers will plant a memorial garden to honor Kuczor's wife, Ruth.

Although he's too modest to reveal the amount, hospital staffers say Kuczor makes significant financial donations to the hospital as well.

By Sunny Layne

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