Clara Chelland, formerly of West Chester Clara Chelland, 76, formerly of West Chester, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Paoli Hospital in Paoli. She was the wife of the late Michael Chelland with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. She was born in Bel Air, Maryland on April 29, 1935 and was the daughter of the late G. Horton Stuart and the late Beulah Anderson Stuart. She was raised on Indian Knoll Farm in Northbrook and was a graduate of Unionville High School. She was a parishioner of Saint Agnes Church and devoted countless hours as a volunteer at St. Agnes School and Bishop Shanahan High School. Prior to her retirement, she was head teller at Wachovia Bank and formerly worked as a secretary at Grocery Store Products. Clara enjoyed sewing, needlework, cooking, baking and was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan. She was incredibly organized and enjoyed planning family events. Clara is survived by a son, Kenneth Chelland of Malvern; two daughters, Michelle Chelland Milligan and husband David of West Chester and Cynthia Chelland Gavazzi and husband John of Mechanisburg; and five grandchildren, Steven, Michael and Elizabeth Milligan and Gregory and Gabriella Gavazzi; a sister Helen Davis of Coatesville; and three brothers, William Stuart of Pottstown, James Stuart of Shippensburg and David Stuart of Boothwyn. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Wagner and Patricia Stuart; and brother, Glenn Stuart. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, at St. Agnes Church, 233 W. Gay St. West Chester, PA 19380. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 North Church Street, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com. Interment will be at St. Agnes Cemetery, West Chester. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Simpson Meadows Benevolent Fund, 101 Plaza Drive Downingtown, PA 19335.
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Published in The Daily Local on Mar. 24, 2012