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Dorothy Chapman

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Dorothy W. Chapman

1932 - 2010 DALTON Dorothy W. Chapman, 78, formerly of 169 Pleasant St., died Friday, March 19, at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center, where she had resided since October 2007.

Born Jan. 5, 1932, in Pittsfield, daughter of Chaloner O. and Minnie E. Langenbach Whitaker, she was a 1949 graduate of Pittsfield High School and attended Berkshire Business College.

Dorothy was a reporter for the Berkshire Eagle for 24 years, retiring in September of 1992. While there, she was recognized by her peers and community for her exhaustive coverage of Dalton and the hill towns on her beat. Her articles and photographs have appeared in the Boston Globe, Berkshire Living and various other publications.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Dalton where she served as a deacon for many years.

Dorothy was involved with many civic activities in Dalton, serving on the Historical Commission, the Finance Committee, the Housing Authority's citizens' advisory committee, The Dalton Community Cable Association, Dalton Beautification Commission, the Conservation Commission and the Dalton Bicentennial Committee in 1984.

Dorothy was an accomplished gardener, avid reader, but most of all delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and family.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Edward H. Chapman, whom she married May 15, 1954; he died Sept. 8, 2000.

Dorothy leaves her sons, Edward H. Chapman III and his wife, Mary, of Arlington, Texas, and Daniel W. Chapman of Cheshire; daughter, Amy C. Muldowney and her husband, Thomas, of Dalton; grandchildren Nicholas D. Chapman, Samuel C. Petithory, Eliza E. Petithory; sisters, Lillian J. Shields of Kingston, N.Y., Ruth I. Best of Holyoke, and a brother, Chaloner O. Whitaker of Texas.

She was predeceased by her brother, Leroy C. Whitaker, and sisters, Evelyn V. Fahey, Madeline L. Whitaker, Barbara M. Whitaker, and Minnie B. Sperling.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Dorothy W. Chapman will be held Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Dalton, with the Rev. William Imes officiating. Burial will follow in the Ashuelot Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the BARTLETT WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME.

Donations in her memory may be made to First Congregational Church of Dalton or to Joslin Diabetes Center in care of the funeral home, 525 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226. Thoughts and wishes may be sent to condolences@wellingtonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 21, 2010
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