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In Memory of Phyllis Chapin

Funeral service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday March 8, 2020
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
1350 Florence Street
Baldwin WI, 54002


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sunday March 8, 2020
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
1350 Florence Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

Phyllis Jeanne (Anding) Chapin was born on January 11, 1932, in a house on Coulee Road, Hudson, Wisconsin, the second of five children born to Raymond and Edna (Holmson) Anding.  She was baptized, confirmed and married at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson, Wisconsin. Phyllis was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Baldwin Care Center in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

     Phyllis’ childhood was spent on three dairy farms in the Hudson/River Falls area.  She and brother, Fritz, helped deliver milk from house to house in Hudson for their dad’s Guernsey Dale Dairy.  She attended two rural schools: Sunny Lawn of rural Hudson, Wisconsin, (where formerly stood the Red Brick School at which Phyllis’ mom taught from 1924-1927) and Glover Station, Hwy 35 N., River Falls, Wisconsin.  She graduated from the River Falls High School in May of 1949.  She then worked for H&K Super Valu in Hudson as a clerk/shelf stocker until September 1950.  Phyllis married Paul R. Chapin on September 16, 1950, and they made their home at several farms and country places within St. Croix and Pierce Counties, Wisconsin.  Phyllis worked as a receptionist for an MD in River Falls for three months after she and Paul were married.  She was a homemaker while her five children were growing up and attending school.  In 1981, she became a deputy clerk/payroll clerk at the St. Croix County Courthouse in Hudson for 12½ years until she retired in 1994.

    She loved music!  She was in two choirs, band/orchestra, marching band and a dance band in High School.  Her instruments of choice were the clarinet and saxophone. She had directed the Peace Singers and the Missionaires – groups of young people at Peace Lutheran (Baldwin) and Trinity Lutheran (Hammond) churches.  She sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher, Council member, president of the Ladies’ group and for 25 years was an organist/pianist.  After retiring from the County in 1994, she became involved in volunteer work and doing family genealogy.

     She is survived by her son, Rocklon (Barbara) Chapin of Blaine, MN; daughter, Cynthia of Hudson, WI; daughter, Deborah (Mark) Willink of Baldwin, WI; son, Peter (Brenda) Chapin of Roberts, WI; son, Richard, of rural River Falls, WI; sisters: Carol  Bouvin of Lexington, KY;  Mary (Dick) Bennett of Hudson, WI;  Kathy Stohl (Mike Mayer) of  Hudson, WI.  Six grandchildren:  David (Susie) Willink; Jonathan (Mary) Willink; Jennica Driscoll (Josh Gerhardt); Brian Chapin; Eric (Ellie) Chapin; Laura Chapin; like a  grandson, Matthew (Melissa) Bonte; and former daughter-in-law, Gloria (Dale) Bonte. Also,11 great grandchildren, and many other dear relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul, in 2017; brother, Fritz and his wife, Ruth; brothers-in-law, Ron Stohl and Jim Bouvin; and nephew, Ron Anding.

     Funeral service for Phyllis Chapin will be 2pm, Sunday, March 8th at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Baldwin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Gethsemane Sunday afternoon. Burial at a later date will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Hersey. In lieu of flowers, Phyllis would like memorials given to Wisconsin Right to Life or to Gethsemane’s Parking Lot Fund. Funeral and cremation services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

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    • We were out of the country and came back Sunday March 8. We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. We remember all the years of birthday cards,
      She and Paul have a special place in our heart. Please get in touch Cindy.

    • Dear Family and especially Pete and Brenda,

      And so the number of saints above is increased by one, leaving behind an empty space that will never be filled except through the gift of memory. We celebrate with you your beloved mother’s life and the many lives she touched.

      May you miss her deeply, forgive her often, and always claim the best of her in you. Our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers remain with you in your grief even as you reflect on the promises of God to provide a reunion in heaven.

      Dan and Liz Bruch

    • Cindy and family,

      So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. It was an honor to have been able to get to know both of your parents at the Oakwood Cemetery meetings over the years.

      Our Deepest Condolences, Joel and Dianne Brandt

    • Cindy, Pete, and Mary,
      My condolences.
      My your memories and the thought of Phyillis’ beautiful smile lift you in the days to come.
      Prayers and Blessings,
      Deb Benoy Bollom

    • I am sorry to hear of your loss. Phyllis was a wonderful person. She was always so kind. Her and Paul were gentle people. I will keep your family in my prayers.

    • Cindy and family:
      So sorry for your loss.
      Thoughts and prayers for all of you.