• Hazel V. Chase
    August 13,2013

    Hazel V. Chase

    Hazel V. Chase

    WEST TOPSHAM — Hazel Valliant Chase, 87, of Vermont Route 25, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

    Born in Corinth on April 6, 1926, she was the daughter of John and Pearl (Dunbar) Valliant. She attended Corinth Elementary School and graduated from Bradford Academy. She went on to receive a degree in teaching from Lyndon Normal School.

    On July 4, 1953, Hazel married Lloyd “Porky” Chase in the Waits River Church. They had always made their home in West Topsham. Porky died on Feb. 14, 2013.

    Hazel began her teaching career at the Waits River School, teaching grades one through eight. Later, she taught at the Orange Center School, the East Topsham School and Union 36 School, now the Waits River Valley School, until her retirement in 1981. She continued to volunteer as a teacher when needed.

    In earlier years, she attended the West Topsham Community Church and was a member of the Riverside Grange in West Topsham. Her memberships included the Vermont Retired Teachers’ Association and the Topsham Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, of which she had served as secretary.

    Hazel enjoyed bird-watching, flower and vegetable gardening, sewing and snowmobiling.

    Survivors include her two daughters, Cynthia Perry, of West Topsham, and Kimberlee Horton and her husband, Paul, of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Mabel Valliant, of South Beloit, Ill., and Annie Laber, of Tunbridge; two brothers, Robert Valliant and his wife, Betty, of Bradford, and Euester “Joe” Valliant and his wife, Marlise, of Tacoma, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Pickering and Lillian Chase, both of Barre; two brothers-in-law, Elwin Chase and his wife, Annie, and Raymond Chase and his wife, Ann, all of Websterville; nieces and nephews.

    Her husband, parents and son-in-law, Gordie Perry, predeceased her.

    Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the West Topsham Community Church. Interment will take place in the West Topsham Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

    Following the service, family and friends will gather in the West Topsham Community Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments.

    Contributions in her memory may be made to the West Topsham Community Church, c/o Donna Corlis, P.O. Box 52, West Topsham, VT 05086; or to the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495.

    The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of arrangements.

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