Donna June Chapla


Donna June Chapla, 86, died Oct. 23, 2007 at the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell, Mont. She was born June 6, 1921 in Elkhart, Ind. to Martin Conrad and Hermina (Hoberg) Olson.

She grew up in Osceola, Ind., graduating from Jamestown High School in 1939. She sang in the high school glee club and was active in drama. Later she worked as a supervisor at Miles Laboratories during World War II.

She was very active with friends and family, and loved swimming, dancing, ice-skating and gymnastics.

She married Steve Joseph Chapla on Jan. 27, 1945 in Elkhart, Ind. He was home recovering from war injuries.

The couple began their family and Mrs. Chapla enjoyed the responsibilities of being a homemaker. She also helped out her husband in construction, when needed.

Mrs. Chapla raised five children in Elkhart, before the family moved to Arizona in 1972 with their two youngest daughters. They made their home in Payson.

While in Payson, Mrs. Chapla was active in the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, the Homemakers Club and the Historical Society. She took up oil painting and enjoyed bowling. In 2002 she and Steve made a trip to Montana to visit their daughter, Jackie. Due to illness, they were unable to travel back home to Arizona.

Mrs. Chapla will be remembered for her love of family and friends, giving and thoughtful ways, quick wit, big smiles and that little twinkle in her eye that hinted of mischief.

She is survived by three daughters, Jackie (Ben) Van Dyke of Kalispell, Mont., Lauretta (Al) Shiya of Payson, and Donna (John) Hanson of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Dennis (Judy) Chapla, living in Saipan, and Bryan (Dawn) Chapla of South Bend, Ind.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alberta Nelson, Nadine Bishop and Annette Stouder, all of Elkhart, Ind.; and a brother, Conrad Olson of South Bend, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve; sister, Beverly Boots; brother, Devon Olson; and grandson, Antony Shiya.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. in Payson.

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