Loretta N. Chapman
1920 – 2009
FARMINGTON — Loretta Nowotarski Chapman, 88, of Farmington passed away late Wednesday, July 29, at Sandy River Center for Health Care.
She was born in Reading, Pa., Oct. 2, 1920, the daughter of John and Anna Brophy Nowotarski. She attended St. Peters Schools in Pennsylvania and graduated from St. Peters High School in 1939. She worked for the Berkshire Knitting Mill in Reading, Pa.
She met George Chapman of Farmington while he was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J. They were married Sept. 13, 1943 at St. Peters Rectory in Reading. After his discharge in October 1945, they returned to Farmington, where she worked at JJ Newberry’s and later at Chassies Department Store.
In 1970, they moved to the Nordica Homestead where she was curator. In October 1973, she and her husband moved back to her hometown of Reading, Pa., where they lived for 10 years before returning to Maine in 1983.
She loved to knit for her children and grandchildren, enjoyed playing golf with her husband, and bowling in the Incredible Seniors Bowling League. She was a member of St. Joseph’s parish in Farmington and the Altar Guild.
She is survived by her husband, George; her daughter, Susan and her husband, Charles Spear; her son, John; two grandsons, Sean Spear and Scott Chapman; a granddaughter, Meika Carter; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

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