Audrey R. Chase
1937 - 2020
BORN
1937
DIED
2020
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East Peoria, IL
Audrey R. Chase
EAST PEORIA - Audrey Chase, 83, of East Peoria, IL, died on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, with family holding her hands as she took her last breaths.
Audrey was born on April 5, 1937, in Buffalo, NY. She married Charles Chase on December 27, 1957, and he preceded her in death on August 19, 2018.
Audrey bore 6 children, Charlie Chase, who also preceded her in death in 1975, Maureen (Derieck) Hodges of Cape Girardeau, MO, Mike Chase of Forsyth, MO, Nancy (Jeff) Hughes of Scottsdale, AZ, Andy Chase of Scottsdale, AZ, and Jennifer (Steve) Moore of Chicago.
She is survived by 3 sisters, Nancy Seethaler of Jacksonville, FL, Mel Kaczmarek of Fountain Valley, CA, and Laura Rose Lanigan of Fountain Valley, CA; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Along with her husband and oldest son, she was also preceded in death by 2 grandsons, Alex and Ian.
Audrey grew up in Erie, PA, and was valedictorian of Villa Maria Academy High School. She married prior to finishing college, but after her 6 kids, she went back to school and finished not only her bachelor's degree in education, but also her master's in administration. She initially worked as a Home-Ec teacher in the Peoria High School system, but advanced to the Dean of Richwoods High School, where she ultimately retired.
Audrey loved to read, travel, entertain and play Scrabble. She was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook, but she is best known for her quilting. She was president of the Peoria quilting group Gems of the Prairie and constantly gifted her treasures to family and friends. She and Charlie were active members of Saint Monica's Catholic Church. She was an exemplary role model for all who knew her of trusting in God and demonstrating Christian values and charity. She was a rock for her kids and a great wife, friend and neighbor.
She was a long-time member of St. Monica's Catholic Church, where her funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Fondulac Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association or St. Monica's Catholic Church.
Gary Deiters Funeral Home & Cremation Services in East Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements and condolences may be left at www.GaryDeitersFH.com.
Published by Peoria Journal Star from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, 2020.
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Cindy Peterson
October 24, 2020
Audrey and I became friends through the Gems of The Prairie Quilt Guild. She convinced me to be part of the bi-laws the committee in the late 90’s, after which she drafted me as her the president elect when she was president of the guild. We set goals and implemented changes that helped grow the guild to over 270 people. With spending so much time together we got to be good friends... every year we worked together at the quilt show, trying to keep Charlie in line and keep from dropping metal poles on my head. I remember Audrey’s garden was beautiful, just like the strength and grace she demonstrated during multiple life challenges. Audrey’s eyes shined bright and her voice was filled with pride when she would tell me about each of her children. I was around Audrey when she constructed many of the quilts she made her family. In each quilt she stitched her love. I cannot be at the service as I no longer live near Peoria so I send a quilter’s prayer. Dear Lord, I pray that each time a family member wraps themselves in A quilt Audrey made, they will surround by her love, their hearts filled with wonderful memories, and they receive comfort and peace knowing she is with you.
Cindy L. Peterson
Friend
October 24, 2020
Kimberlee Slager
October 23, 2020
Praise God I will see you in heaven.
Amber Chase
Family
October 23, 2020
Nancy, Maureen, Mike, Andy and Jennifer.... my sincere sorrow with the passing of your lovely mother. She was an energetic gem, a role model that loved her family and everyone she encountered. She saw all your friends as her own children. May the laughter and love of your memories console your pain. Her spirit lives within all who were blessed to know her.
David Gorsage
Friend
October 22, 2020
Nancy, Maureen, Mike, Andy and Jennifer.... my sincere sorrow with the passing of your lovely mother. She was an energetic gem, a role model that loved her family and everyone she encountered. She saw all your friends as her own children. May the laughter and love of your memories console your pain. Her spirit lives within all who were blessed to know her.
David Gorsage
Friend
October 22, 2020
Nancy and family to Audrey... You and your family will always be part of my fondest childhood memories. Living around the corner from the Chases was always exciting. Pretty sure our moms made sure we didn’t go too far into the woods to play. I am very sorry for your loss. Prayers for healing for all of you!!!
Julie Conway Teel
Neighbor
October 22, 2020
I worked with Audrey as a volunteer at Richwoods High School. She was tireless in helping the kids make better choices. I am honored to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Leslie Jones Hart
October 22, 2020
As my home economics teacher in the late 1970's at Woodruff High, Ms. Chase had a special fondness for the one class of boys' home ec, which she referred to as Chef Foods - probably to make it sound more "manly".
Ms. Chase was also one of those rare teachers that could let students know when we were occasionally out-of-line, which would quickly put us back in place - but without ever humiliating the student in front of his classmates. I came to behave better out of respect that Ms. Chase showed for the students she taught.
JEFFREY JOHNSON
Student
October 21, 2020
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