Beverly Doris Chase
1929 - 2021
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Beverly Doris Chase

Beverly Doris Chase of Holmen, WI, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 12, 2021 with family by her side. She was born at home on a small farm in Caledonia, MN, on November 21, 1929, to James and Lonie (Weis) Houlihan.

She grew up on her family farm with her sisters Rose and Lorraine. At age five she joined her sisters at a one room country schoolhouse as she entered the first grade, where one teacher taught grades one through eight. In the wintertime her dad took her and her sisters to school on a sled pulled by horses. If the weather wasn't too cold, she would ski to school. She would carry a syrup bucket with her lunch in it to school and had to keep it near the big wood furnace in her school so it wouldn't freeze.

When she was eight, her family moved off the farm to La Crosse, where she learned to roller skate and play the ukulele.

Following her graduation from Aquinas High School in 1948, she worked at the Wisconsin Theater in La Crosse, where she sold popcorn and candy and met her future husband, William Chase. They were married on November 6, 1948 at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. Together they raised ten children: Nancy (Ken) Loging, Bob Chase (Sharon), Mike Chase, Dan Chase, Joe (Kathy) Chase, Judy Gunderson (Jim), Gerry (Steve) Wurzel, Char Chase, Bill Chase, and Ron Chase (Deb).

Mom was always there for all her children and grandchildren. Her days were filled with many loads of laundry, as well as endless hours of baking and preparing delicious meals for all of her family to enjoy. She loved life to its fullest, as she almost made it to her 92nd birthday. She loved to bake, crochet, and take many pictures. Her photo albums she put together are a testament of how much she loved her family and will help us all remember the many great memories we had with her. She and Dad taught us that we could achieve anything that we set out to do. Above all, her kindness was her greatest trait, as she raised us with an unconditional love that will forever be cherished in our hearts.

Beverly is survived by 10 children, 37 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Chase; parents James and Lonie Houlihan; her sisters: Rose Weber and Lorraine King and a daughter in-law Rebecca Chase.

She was a loving wife, mom, and grandma. Beverly will be missed dearly by all her family, and her memories will never fade.

MOM - You did so much for all of us,when we were all young children. You made sure we caught the school bus, when we wanted to sleep in. From changing all those diapers, to washing all our clothes. You sang rhymes of Peter Piper, when wiping off our nose. You combed our hair,and brushed our teeth, and cleaned behind our ears. You showed you care when we were chapped beneath, and wiped away our tears. You kept us home from school, when we were feeling ill. You made us soup to warm us up, to help take away the chill. You filled our lives with happiness, with your kind and gentle ways. From baking pies to mending socks, and teaching us to pray. Our lives will never be the same, now that you have passed away. But we will remember all those canasta games, and know now you are in heaven with Dad today.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 18, 2021 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Onalaska, WI. Monsignor Steven Kachel will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 9:15 a.m. until the time of mass. Burial will take place in the La Crosse Catholic Cemetery.

We are so grateful to Nurse Jodie and all the staff at Mayo Clinic Hospice staff for their kindness, compassion and empathy in providing the comfort in our time of need. You were all wonderful! Online guestbook may be signed at

Published by La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 16, 2021.
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This photo is just how we remember Beverly-so nice and with a smile. Sending thoughts/prayers to you.
Maynard and Rita Swenson
November 21, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Lois Chase
November 21, 2021
Sorry for your loss. My father was Lloyd chase. Thomas and Elsie were grand parents. I so enjoy the family history book Beverly wrote and compiled . I reference it frequently since my parents are gone.
carol schild
November 20, 2021
We were sadden to hear of Beverly's passing; My father was a friend of Bob's and we would like to send our condolences to you; May the wonderful memories your Family have help you through this difficult time; our thoughts and Prayers will go out to you and your family. God Bless.
Laura and Todd De Laney (Howard Daughter)
November 18, 2021
R.I.P. Beverly I am glad got too know you from the past.You are a very wonderful person.
November 18, 2021
My sympathies to your family. The Chase and McHenry families go way back and spent many years together. If I recall correctly, my husband and I would see Bill and Bev at flea markets. Bev could recognize me as the youngest of Bill and Nat McHenry with that shock of red hair. Good memories.
Karen (McHenry) Loewenhagen
November 17, 2021
To the Chase family We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending hugs and prayers. The best memories will last forever.
Kathy Earley Anderson Loren Anderson
November 16, 2021
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