Gladys J. (Shaffer) Chase

Born: Mon., Feb. 21, 1938
Died: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 10, 2017
Location: Sugar Grove First United Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Dec. 11, 2017
Location: Sugar Grove First United Church

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Gladys J. Chase, 78, of Sugar Grove, PA passed away unexpectedly at Warren General Hospital on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

She was born February 21, 1938 in Lander, PA to Ralph Shaffer, Sr. and Mabel Arnold Shaffer. She attended Northern Area High School where she was a 1955 graduate. She married Alton G. Chase on March 24, 1956 in Lander, PA and is also formerly of Youngsville, PA.
She retired from Warren State Hospital dietary department and drove a school bus for ten years. She started decorating wedding cakes as a hobby in 1977 and turned this hobby into a 35 year catering business with her partner Fayth Coughlin now known as Catering Plus. She continued working with her daughters up until the time of her death.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, and a Girl Scout Leader for many years when her girls were young. She was former member of the Sugar Grove Fire Department Auxiliary and served as Treasurer. She enjoyed bowling and was secretary of the Sugar Grove bowling league. She loved knitting mittens and hats for children.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Alton (Helene) Chase, Jr. of Sugar Grove, PA, Joy (David) Blair of St. Clairsville, OH, Deanna (Ken) Kuzminski, and Donna (Bryan) Clark of both of Sugar Grove, PA. She is also survived by her siblings Ralph (Janice) Shaffer, and Norman (Elsie) Shaffer both of Lander, PA. Stanley Shaffer of Downsville, NY, Frances Decker Shaffer of Russell, PA, Beryl (Dave) Miller of Jamestown, NY, Nancy Healey of Lander, PA, and Carol Davenport of Ashville, NY. Sisters-in-law, Rae Lindell and Peggy Chase. She is also survived by grandchildren Steven (Lee Ann) Blair, Mark (Nicole) Blair, Jody Blair, and Ben Blair, Nathan (Jennell) Chase, Sammi (Shawn) Lawson, and Simone Gibson, as well as 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also survived by her extended family Fayth Coughlin, Evora Wagner, Scott Wagner and Betty Harlow.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Sally Annette Chase in 2004, and her sisters Ella Joyce Peterson, Joanne Gallupo, Virginia Coughlin, and Marian Merch.

Friends will be received on Sunday December 10, 2017 at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church from 2 – 6 p.m. A funeral service will be held there at 11 a.m. on Monday with the Rev. Sheila Auer, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the Foster Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park Warren, PA. 16365

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Betty Harlow
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
Alton-I was sorry to hear about Gladys. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
Dear Alton,"Junior", Joy, Deedee,and Donna,
I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Gladys. I have so many memories of her from way back, girl scouts, snowmobiling, sledriding and wiener roasts in the snow, taking my son Victor down to your house to swim with Joy's son Ben and most recently sitting with her at church this past september. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to see her and talk to her so recently. I have no doubts that I will see her again in heaven. God bless all of you!
LAURIE and family

Jon Carlson
   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
My condolences to your family. The world will miss her caring and generosity. She always greeted me with a smile as I'm sure she did with all the kids she helped in so many ways.

LeRoy and Terri Hornstrom
   Posted Sat December 09, 2017
We are sending our thoughts and prayers in this sad time.

Rod Larson
   Posted Sun December 10, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Gladys's passing. Among my fondest memories of her were seeing her smile as she served food to me and my fellow firefighters when she volunteered for Sugar Grove VFD. I will miss her.

   Posted Sun December 10, 2017
Chase family, Thinking of you all, at this very difficult time.

Wes & Jan Wilcox
   Posted Sun December 10, 2017
So sorry about Glady's passing. We always remember her smile & always so friendly to all she met. Our SYMPATHY to her Family. Wes & Jan Wilcox

Nancy Rudolph
   Posted Mon December 11, 2017
My sympathy to the family. Gladys will always be remembered by many as a generous, hard working and kind lady. Having volunteered with Red Cross with Gladys and Alton her concern and caring was always apparent. It was a part of who she was. It has been a privilege to have been one of her acquaintances. My thoughts are with all of the family, especially Alton, Donna and Deanna, sister Nancy and good friend Fayth.

Paul and Karen Landin
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss. Gladys was a wonderful lady who always seemed to be happy and helpful to so many people.

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