Dorothy Rose Chapman


(January 9, 2003)

Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday morning at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for Dorothy Rose Chapman, 73, of 247 N. Division St. in Powell, who died Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Powell Hospital.

Father Pete Johnson presided at Monday services. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Chicago to Leo and Clara Bessler. She was only 3 years old when she moved with her parents and family from Chicago in a Model A Ford to homestead on the Willwood Division of the Shoshone Reclamation Project south of Powell. The rumble seat was her sleeping berth, and unknown to her parents, she leaned out a bit too far and fell. She was shortly missed, and her parents quickly reversed to look for her. She was found running down the road, determined to catch up.

She was educated in the Powell schools and graduated from Powell High School. She married Richard Chapman on June 1, 1949, at Greybull. They were divorced in 1972.

She retired from a career of caregiving at the Powell Nursing Home. She was a member of St. Barbara's Church and the prayer breakfast group there. Family will remember her as a kind and loving person, whose love and trust of her Lord and Savior, Jesus, is an inspiration to all who knew her.

Survivors include a son, Daniel R. Chapman and wife Jeanette of Midwest City, Okla.; two daughters, Dianne M. Hartinger of Powell and Dee L. Terry and husband Lynn of Cody; her mother, Clara Bessler of Powell; five brothers, Leo E. Bessler, Paul Bessler and wife Barbara, Denis Bessler and wife Patricia, Francis Bessler and Robert Bessler and wife Linda; two sisters, Rita Peterson and husband Pete and Helen Brandes and husband John; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father; a sister-in-law, Beverly Bessler; a granddaughter, Teri Jo Bradish; and a brother-in-law, Rudy Kotar.

Memorials to the Christian Broadcasting Network, 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23465, would be appreciated by the family. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home handled arrangements.