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Lois E. Chapman

1930 - 2016 Lois Esther (Stelley) Chapman, 85, of Pittsfield, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2016 at Berkshire Medical Center. Born August 13, 1930, in Providence, RI to Orlow Stelley, electrician, and Bertha (Daniels) Stelley, seamstress, Lois attended schools in Rhode Island and received a BA with honors in 1952 from Pembroke College. In 1953, Lois married PaulChapman, taught third grade, then spent a year in Europe. For eighteen years she raised four children and helped run Packard Manse, a center in Stoughton, MAbringing together people across religious, racial and cultural divides for dialogue and change.Lois moved to the Netherlands in 1979 to live with partner, Titia Hoeksema. In 1989 she returned to the Berkshires, and worked at the Red Cross as receptionist, Service to Military Families caseworker, volunteer scheduler, then transportation coordinator. After retiring she moved to The Curtis in Lenox, and Melbourne Place in 2012. Lois enjoyed concerts, travel, skating, sang in a church choir and community opera company, volunteered in a hospital. She was active in community organizations in the Berkshires including Jacob's Pillow, Ventfort Hall, Close Encounters with Music, and Tanglewood, volunteered in Pittsfield Public Schools and as an adult's English tutor. She loved nature, community gardening at Canoe Meadows and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and especially relished hikes at Greylock Mt. and Kennedy Park where she would point out and name all the wild flowers. In the winter Lois would snowshoe and cross-country ski. Lois made whatever she touched special in some small way and was a kind neighbor and owner of several sweet cats. She was also a caring and helpful neighbor to those living next door or down the hall at the Curtis Hotel in Lenox. Lois is survived by partner Titia Hoeksema (sister Neel); sister Ruth Edna Jones (husband Langhorne, children Geoffrey, Elizabeth), children Mark Andrew Chapman, Sarah Elizabeth Chapman McDougal, Rachel Rebekah Chapman (husband James Pfeiffer), and Timothy; grandchildren Jessica (husband Jeremy), Solea, Alexandra, James, Joy, Paul, Lisa Amoy and Ian; great-grand-children Madyson, Brody, Anaycha, Francisco, Isley, and Riley; Paul Kingsley Chapman, and extended family Mark and Jason Vanhoenacker, Linda Patterson, and devoted and loving friends on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. She will be dearly missed by us all. A memorial service for Lois E. Chapman will be held in Pittsfield at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mass. Audobon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA, in memory of Lois Chapman. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave condolences, photos and remembrances.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 31, 2016
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