Clara A. Chase

October 28, 1933
- March 24, 2006

PRUNEDALE, CA - CLARA A. CHASE, 72, with her children by her side, died peacefully at home on March 24, 2006. Born Clara Adele Stanchfield on October 28, 1933 in Milo Maine she was the daughter of the late Lawrence D. and Doris Elizabeth Stanchfield of Milo Maine and was married to Robert W. Chase for 53 years. She is survived by her children Mitchell A. Chase, Capitola CA, Sheree Chase, Kealakekua HI, Mark W. Chase, Prunedale CA, grandchildren Maria L. Zimmerman, Honolulu HI and Nicholas B. Chase Prunedale CA, great grandchildren Lily and Asher Zimmerman, brother Lawrence D. (Kay) Stanchfield Jr., Harmon ME, sister Betty Jo Hall, Hardinsburg IN and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, her loving husband, her parents and her sister Virginia
(Charles) Stevens of Milo, Maine. Born and raised in Milo Maine, Clara was part of a large family that have lived in and around Milo for generations. Her aunts Minnie & Clara Mitchell and grandmother Mary Mitchell were members of the first graduating class of Milo High School ca. 1898. The Mitchells were prosperous farmers and Clara's grandfather, Clarence Stanchfield, ran a grist mill in Milo at the turn of the 20th century and later worked for American Thread Co. as did his wife Mary Mitchell Stanchfield until their deaths in 1925 and 1940. In
1912 Clarence Stanchfield built the house at 61 West Main St. where Hi Stanchfield was raised and where he later raised his family, including Clara. Clara's family has served the town of Milo as teachers, volunteer firemen and fire chiefs, Selectmen, Masons and Eastern Star members. They have worked for American Thread, B&A Railroad, in the lumber industry, sport camps, as carpenters, farmers, and business people. Clara started her working life as a baby sitter, dishwasher at the Town Hall and at Daggett's Drug Store on Main Street in the late 1940s and early
1950s. Clara attended Derby and Milo Grammar Schools and graduated with honors from Milo High School in 1951where she lettered in basketball, and was a cheerleader. Classmates will remember that she and her best friend Janice Houston were inseparable and were known for the matching outfits that they made themselves! In 1952 she married her high school sweetheart and Milo High School basketball champ, Mickey Chase, they had a long and happy marriage. In 1956 she and Mickey packed the family up and moved to California where they settled and raised their three children Mitchell, Sheree & Mark. Clara was always a working mom and after helping to put Mickey through college she attended San Bernardino Valley College where she earned a Vocational Certificate and an Associate of Arts degree. She started her professional life as part of the secretarial pool for Rohr Aircraft and later moved to the Aerospace Corporation where she worked as an Executive Secretary for many years. The last sixteen years of her career were spent with the Ontario Montclair School District as a Credentials Specialist. She retired in 1998. Clara was first, last and always a family person. She will be remembered for her beauty, inside and out, her vivacious personality, infectious laugh and her ability to always see the good in people. A private gathering to celebrate her life will be held this summer in Southern California.

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