Gladys A. Chapman

December 30, 2016 
WATERTOWN, NY  —  Gladys A. Chapman, 96, formerly of Centennial Apartments Washington Street and 1009 Bronson St., Watertown, NY, died Friday morning, Dec. 30, 2016, at the Lewis County Extended Care Facility in Lowville where she had resided since April 2013. 

Gladys was born at 1009 Bronson Street on March 14, 1920, the daughter of Arthur E. and Hazel Hall Chapman. She attended local schools and graduated from Watertown High School in June 1937.

She was a bookkeeper for Balfours Wholesale and Retail Tobacco Company from June 1937 until October 1961. She worked for Halley Electric Company from October 1961 until her retirement in July 1993.

As a lifetime member of Emmanuel Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, she served on many committees; she served as treasurer of Deacons / Mission Committee from 1988 until 2008; president of the Gamma-Gamma Circle; treasurer of the Women’s Fellowship; and Memorial Coordinator. She was made a Life Deacon in 1996.

Ms. Chapman served on the Board of Directors of the Pastoral Counseling Center for many years. She was a life member and Past President of Little Theater of Watertown where she worked mostly back-stage, but also “tread the boards” in several plays.

She enjoyed reading, cake decorating, knitting, crocheting and other hand crafts.  She was well known for being the “card lady” by always remembering relatives and friend’s birthdays, anniversaries and holidays with greeting cards.

She is survived by her nephew James A. Randall (Carmen Sweet), Lowville; niece Laurie Walker (Mark), Syracuse; niece Adele Cummings (Gordon), Kingston, Ontario Canada; nephew Dr. David S. Randall, Bloomsburg, PA; and nephew Michael J. Randall (Michele), Oswego, as well as other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Betty E. Randall, and three brothers; Elveral J., Winslow H., and Kenneth M. Chapman. 

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Emmanuel Congregational Church, 119 S. Hamilton Street, Watertown, with Reverends Ron and Patty Farr. Calling hour will be 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment will be private in North Watertown Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Emmanuel Congregational Church, 119 South Hamilton Street, Watertown NY 13601.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Carmen A. Sweet for the loving care he gave “Aunt Gladys” at The Butterscotch House as well as at the nursing home, along with the third floor nursing home staff.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.