Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 10:41 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Elizabeth (Betty) Claire Chapple

Sept. 12, 1923-May 16, 2011


Elizabeth (Betty) Claire Chapple

Elizabeth (Betty) Claire Chapple died peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 16, 2011, in Homer. She was 87 years old.

All are welcome to attend Mrs. Chapple's memorial service at 1 p.m. on May 26, 2011, at St. John's Catholic Church in Homer. Graveside services follow at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held after the burial at 3:30 p.m. at Homer Elks Lodge.

Mrs. Chapple was born Sept. 12, 1923, in Saranac Lake, New York, to Charles and Iva Schriener. After graduating from Saranac Lake High School in 1942, she attended Champlain Valley Nursing School in Plattsburg, New York, and "got her cap," as she liked to say, in 1944.

Betty married her high school sweetheart, John Chapple Jr., on May 7, 1944, and they moved to Lake Placid, New York. She was a loving mother, active grandmother, and dedicated homemaker, who was completely devoted to her family. She worked at Ormsby's Trading Post in Lake Placid when her children were grown. A loyal parishioner at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Betty was active in the Catholic Daughters. She was a lifelong piano player, and loved to sing in the church choir.

After the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, John and Betty moved to Alaska and settled in Homer on the Spit. All of their children had migrated north so they decided to join them. Mrs. Chapple attended St. John's Catholic Church, became a member of the Women's Guild and facilitated the prayer chain for many years. Her renowned deviled eggs were shared at every potluck event.

Betty worked on the shrimp line at Alaskan Seafoods (Icicle), front desk at the Homer Spit Campground, and was a clerk at Uminski's Department Store and Boardwalk Variety Gifts on Cannery Row. She was a member of Homer Emblem Club, Homer Senior Citizens Center, and a local chapter of the Red Hats Society. Over the years she supported Homer Animal Shelter, area schools, as well as many local and national charities. Her volunteer work at the Homer Food Pantry was something she particularly enjoyed.

Her family wrote, "Mom had a great sense of humor, warm personality and classy style. She was devoted to her family and faith, a tiny woman with a huge heart. Her love of animals guaranteed that the Chapple home was never without pets. There was a St. Francis (patron saint of animals) statue in the yard, and a water dish at the top of the driveway for thirsty dogs on the bike path.

"She always had flowers around the house, wind chimes surrounding the porch, and handmade curtains framed her vast sun catcher collection in the bay windows. Her ceramic cookie jar was constantly re-filled, so popular with her Pitzman grandchildren that they affectionately called her Cookie Grandma. We will all miss her dearly but we know she rests in peace with our Heavenly Father."

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Victoria Chapple. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John C. Chapple Jr.; son, John (Bumper) Chapple III and daughter-in-law Peggy of Homer; daughters Becky Sawyer of Lake Placid, New York; Alexandra Chapple of Palmer; Jessica Chapple of Clark Fork, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and her beloved cat, Elizabeth.

Shared memories and condolences can be sent to John Chapple at P.O. Box 1201, Homer, AK 99603.