CHAPMAN, Helen “May” 1918 – 2017

Chapman, Helen “May” (formerly of Lomond) passed away peacefully at the Taber Health Centre on April 18, 2017 at the age of 99 years.

May was predeceased by her husband Ralph, her parents Edward and Helen Brown, and by siblings, William, Janet, Margaret and Wallace and by all her in-laws. She is survived by her children, Ed (Rose) Chapman of Bassano. Margaret (Ron) Schlaht of Lethbridge, and Ian (Penny) Chapman of Lomond. 7 grandchildren: Edward (Melanie), Lisa (Brett), Darren (Tammy), Laurie (Tyler), Kim (Adrian), Thomas and Blair, 10 great grand children.

May attended grades 1 – 9 at Burdock School, then high school at Enchant. After deciding to become a teacher, May attended Calgary Normal School, graduating in June 1938. She taught at Bow Slope School at Rainier as well as Lomond, Parkhill and Victoria Schools in Calgary. In 1950 she quit teaching and married Ralph Chapman and together they raised three children. In 1967 May returned to teaching at the Lomond school, where she taught until June of 1983.

May was involved in many community activities, volunteer work and sports. She was a member of the Goodwill Service Club for over 50 years, Secretary/Treasurer for the Village of Lomond, a member of the Lomond Library Board, Bethany Lutheran Church, Vulcan Golf”Club, Lomond Curling Club and the Lomond Seniors Sunshine Drop-in.

May lived in Lomond until the age of 92 before moving to Blue Sky Lodge, Lethbridge in 2010. In 2012, she moved to the Taber Health Centre where she lived until her passing.

Funeral service will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Lomond Community Church Rev. Gordon Cranch officiating. A private interment will be held at the Vulcan Cemetery.

In memory of May, tributes can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society (800-7015 MacLeod Tr SW, Calgary, AB T2H 2K6) ,  or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. E-mail condolences through www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca.


12 Responses to CHAPMAN, Helen “May” 1918 – 2017
  1. Marvin Maronda says:

    Dear friends ..
    It is hard to believe that May is gone! She lived a very long and full life, and as a parent, teacher, friend and cherished member of our Lomond community had a positive impact on the lives of many, many people!
    May and my late Mother Welda Maronda were great friends and we all thought the world of both May and Ralph! As a small child I still remember May coming to our house when my Mother hosted meetings for The Goodwill Service Club. Later I remember all the work the two of them put into locating graves and working on the restoration of The Lomond Cemetery. In more recent years I think of May as a parishioner and a constant supporter of the Lomond Bethany Lutheran Church. She and Laverne always had the pew just ahead of me, and we always had a pleasant chat each Sunday.
    May was a kind, generous, thoughtful lady who did much for our community over her long life, and she will be remembered by all of us with love, respect, and great appreciation!
    Because I am away at the moment I will miss May’s service, but I will be remembering her and thinking of you all on “the day”.
    Sincerely … Marvin Maronda

    • Margaret Schlaht says:

      Thanks Marvin, you were a good friend to mom. She enjoyed her visits with you and the letters and pictures you sent to her.

      The Chapman family

  2. June Fekete says:

    To the family of May Chapman,
    I was so sorry to hear of May’s passing. I visited her about 2 weeks ago, but she didn’t know me.
    She was a great lady. When she taught in Lomond with my sister, Kathleen Mack, they became great friends.
    Please accept my sincere sympathy,
    June Fekete

    • Margaret Schlaht says:

      Thank you June, mom enjoyed your visits while she was in Taber and remenicing about the past. Kay was a good friend and they had many good times together.

      The Chapman Family

  3. June Fekete says:

    I wrote a condolence above, what happened to it.
    I’m very sorry for your loss of May Chapman.
    I visited her several times in Taber Continuing Care. I always told her I was June McAlister so she would remember me and she did.
    She will be missed.

  4. Jan says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry I won’t be there for mays funeral I am out in Fort Qu Appelle.

  5. La Verla says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry I won’t be there for May’s funeral.

  6. Barb Dodds says:

    So very sorry for your loss

  7. Peggy Nakama says:

    Margaret & Ron,
    So sorry to hear of ‘Aunt’ May’s passing.

    Sincerely,
    Peggy Nakama (nee: Zmurchyk)

    • Marg Schlaht says:

      Thanks Peggy, mom enjoyed visiting with your mom,dad and family when they made the trip out to the farm.

      The Chapman Family

  8. Mike and Monica Monner says:

    Our condolences Margaret and family.
    Your Mom was such a sweetheart and whenever we would see her it seemed she was always with Laverne ! They were quite the cute pair.
    It is always hard to lose a parent and at any age they may be. She would have seen a lot in her long life.
    xox