DELAVAN - Prakash Chander Chadha, D.D.S., age 78, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 in India, at MAX Healthcare Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, with his wife, Maria, at his side. Per Hindu tradition, he was cremated and his ashes were portioned and immersed in the Yamuna River, Agra.
Prakash was born on October 19, 1939, to Ram Chand Chadha and Saraswati (Devi) Chadha, prior to Partition, in Lahore, India, now present-day Pakistan, but he always considered Agra his home. He attended college in Poona, and then the governmental dental college and hospital in Bombay, where he earned a degree in dental surgery in 1961 and a master’s degree in 1965. In January of 1966, he came to the United States as a research assistant at the University of Iowa before moving to Milwaukee the following September as an instructor and graduate student at Marquette University’s School of Dentistry. It was here he met Maria Galgano, whom he married on September 6, 1969, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Delavan. Together, they led a private dental practice where he worked as a family orthodontist and pedodontist from 1971 until his retirement in 2015.
He was a civic-minded member of the community and a loyal Delavan-Darien Rotarian with near-perfect attendance for almost 30 years. A lifelong Hindu, he was also a devout member of the Radhasoami Satsang Association of North America locally based in Naperville, IL. Prior to his retirement, and beyond, he pursued numerous missionary endeavors in the United States and India. He firmly believed serving others was his life’s work.
He is survived by his wife, Maria; sons Jeet (M. Kathryn), Prameet (Amy), and Rajan (Summer); and grandchildren Clare, Andrew Rocco, Savannah, and Addison. He is also survived by his siblings Amrit, Swadesh, Swarup, and Neerja; many nieces and nephews and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Baldev, Krishan and Pannalal and sister Prem.
A celebration of his life will be held from 1:00-4:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Queen’s Table room at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan. Prepared remarks will be delivered promptly at 1:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Prakash’s name to Congdon Gardens are greatly appreciated.