Shirley M. (Jartz) Chapin,85, of Auburn, passed away peacefully with her husband and children by her side on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, MA, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.
Shirley was born in Wisconsin, daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia Jartz. She was valedictorian of her class at Clintonville High School and graduated with a degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. She met her husband Robert at her best friend’s wedding and married in 1959.
Shirley joined the work force as an Elementary school teacher and enjoyed educating children for several years before she and her husband started their own family. At this time, Shirley became a full-time mom and was a devoted caretaker of her family and home. Shirley played an active presence in her children’s lives; she was a CCD teacher at North American Martyr’s Church, a softball coach and a Camp Fire Girls leader. When her children were grown, she returned to teaching and became a substitute teacher in the Auburn School System for many years.
As a woman of faith, Shirley was a member of North American Martyr’s Church and played many active roles there. She had fond memories of her visits to Cape Cod and spending several weeks every winter in Clearwater, Florida. Shirley was an avid sports fan; she and her husband were season ticket holders of the New England Patriot for years; but her first devotion was to the Red Sox’s Nation. She enjoyed baking, gardening and going to the beaches of the North Shore on Massachusetts.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Chapin, two daughters: Nancy Chapin and Jean Marie Reheuser and her fiancée James Wheeler, a son; John Chapin, two grandchildren; Alexa Marie Reheuser and Brianna LaFlamme, one great grandchild; Emma Grace, a brother Robert Jartz and his wife Mary Lynn from Wisconsin, a sister Theresa Petersen from Colorado and a brother John Jartz and his wife Kathy Reno from Florida.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Shirley’s family on Friday April 20, 2018 from 10:30-11:30 AM at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street Auburn. A funeral Mass for Shirley will follow and will be celebrated at 12 NOON at North American Martyr’s Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.