Shirley Chapla, C.N.A., 75, of Old Forge, died Thursday morning under the care of the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. She is survived by her loving husband, Walter Chapla. Married on Jan. 29, 1966, the couple was married for 47 years.
Born in Wilmington, Del., daughter of the late George and Isabell Houser Weikel, Shirley worked as a certified nursing assistant for Interim Home Health Care in Florida for more than 14 years before her retirement.
An avid traveler who loved seeing the world, her favorite destination was the Dominican Republic. She embraced life to the fullest and adored her grandchildren and family. She will be dearly missed by all of those who loved her.
Her family would like to acknowledge the wonderful staff of VNA Hospice for all of their loving care.
She is also survived by five children, Willie Lambert and wife, Ellen, Spring Brook Twp.; Vivian Lambert, Mechanicsburg; Shareen Bachman and husband, Charles, Bethlehem; Carol Bernardini and husband, Sam, Scranton; and Walter C. Chapla and wife, Loretta, West Chester; a brother, Robert Weikel, Scranton; a sister, Marie Seymour, Scranton; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
A brother, George Weikel; and sisters, Margaret Pate and Mary Heneck, also preceded her in death.
Private funeral services will be held at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, by the Rev. Dr. Michael Shambora. Her eulogy will be conducted by Shirley's grandson, Andrew Mashas. Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery, Dunmore.
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