Josephine Chapin

Josephine “Josie” Chapin, 79, Minot, and formerly of Lansford, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in a Rugby hospital.

Francis Isabel Josephine Chapin was born March 30, 1934, in Hitchin, England, to James and Bridie Hayles. She was reared and educated in the County of Kerry, Ireland, where she resided with her grandmother. As a young adult she was employed as a seamstress at a factory in England.

Josie married Wilber Chapin III on Aug. 8, 1967, while he was stationed at an Air Force base in England. They made their home at Air Force bases in Turkey and Alaska prior to moving to Minot Air Force Base in 1976. They made their home in Lansford prior to moving to Minot in 1989. During her time in the Minot area, Josie was employed at the BX at Minot Air Force Base and at the Parker Johnson Hotel and Magic City Cleaners in Minot. She retired in 2002. Wilber died on April 24, 2009.

Josie was an active member of Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot, and formerly an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Lansford. She was active in the operation of the Newman Center at Minot State University and marriage counseling classes. She especially enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Josie’s loving family includes: her children, Jason Chapin (Ruth Schweitzer), Ben Chapin and Angelique Chapin, all of Minot, and Donna Josephine Lawley, of England; grandchildren, Rhiannon Kircher, Nathan, Madeline, Darby, Jake, Emma Jean, Lorelei, Ally Cea’, Cameron and Jordan; great-granddaughter, Sophie Kircher; sisters, Patricia Smithers and Maureen Alderson, both of England; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Josie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Jean Spearing.

Liturgy of the word service: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at 11 a.m., in Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

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