Helen Chapman, 93 |
Sept. 21, 1922 — Jan. 9, 2016
Helen Chapman, 93, born Helen Clara Van Beek on Sept. 21, 1922, entered eternal life Jan. 9, 2016. She was the beloved daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (nee Bingen) Van Beek. Helen attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated as an honor roll student from West Bend High School. Her work career began as an office worker at the West Bend Co. and she later transferred to M& I Bank, working in the trust department. When her husband began Chapman’s Meat Market, she became the bookkeeper, retiring in 1980.
Helen was a quiet, humble person who preferred to remain in the background. To those who knew her, she was a champion of the lowly and underdog. Kindness and thoughtfulness were her badges of honor. She often visited homebound and hospitalized friends and relatives.
To her grandchildren, she will be remembered for her gracious smile and delicious baked goods.
Helen enjoyed playing sheepshead, gardening, tending her flowers and bookkeeping. She was a tremendous fisherman, always catching the biggest and most fish on each outing. Surprisingly, Helen never baited a hook or removed a fish from the line.
Helen, referred to as “Schatzie,” will be greatly missed by her husband of 69 years, Ray. They were an exemplary couple who did everything together. She is further survived by her sons, Mark (Jean) and Ken (Jayne McCarthy, special friend). Her grandchildren include Dawn (Jim) Pierce, Angela (Joe) Zeka, Stacy (Kelby) Stewart, Kori, Krista and Noah Chapman. Four great-grandchildren blessed her life. They are Nathan, Tyler, Riley and Colton.
Surviving Helen is her brother, Clarence Van Beek. Her sister, Delores Chapman, and daughter-in-law, Jodie Chapman, preceded her in death.
The family is grateful to the Lighthouse caregivers and hospice personnel who brought comfort to Helen in her last days. Special thanks goes to the Rev. Nathan Reesman for administering the Sacrament of the Sick on New Year’s Eve.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Visitation will take place in the narthex at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m.
In Lieu of flowers, a donation to the SFC building fund or charity of your choice would be appreciated.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.