September 1st, 1924 - December 8th, 2009

On Tues., Dec. 8, 2009, Dale, Paul, Beverly, Fayralyn and Esther lost the "BEST MOM IN THE WHOLE WORLD."

"Teddie" was born Sept. 1, 1924 in Denmark, Maine on the family farm to John Leso and Anna Lukac Leso; both had immigrated in the early 1890's to the "land of promise" from Austria~Hungary. They later met and married in 1899, Teddie was the 11th of their 12 children. She attended Denmark Village School *class of 1943* during World War II she lived and worked in So. Portland at the "Ship Yard" as a welder on the Liberty Ships.

On Oct. 21, 1946 she married Clayton Chapman of Brownfield, whom she had met prior to and corresponded with over four years while he was away in the Army Air Corps. They had just recently moved into a home in Brownfield in Oct. 1947, with infant daughter Esther, when the "Fire of ’47" swept the area, leaving them as many other local folks at the time with the task of "starting over." In 1952 they moved into their home on Main St. in Brownfield, and raised their family of five until Clayton's untimely death in 1967. Teddie later moved back to "The Farm" in Denmark in the early 1980s to care for her eldest sister. During this period she worked at the Blueberry Muffin in No. Conway, N.H. for 10 years until her retirement. Teddie then moved to Waterford Acres in 1994 where she lived until her death after a brief illness.

She is survived by her children: Esther Chapman Walker of Brownfield, Fayralyn Chapman Davis of Harrison, Beverly Chapman Boutilier of Stoneham, Paul Chapman of Waterford and Dale Chapman of New York City; her grandchildren: Elly Walker McAllister of Brownfield, Erik Walker of Brownfield, Justin Rand of Buckfield, Laura and Daniel Rand of Harrison; her great-grandchildren: Stacy McAllister of Syracuse, N.Y. and Todd Walker of Brownfield, ME.; her sister Fayralyn "Babe" of Tamworth, N.H. and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Teddie was active in sports in high school and drew satisfaction from involvement with her "kids" as they participated in various venues over the years, a slightly rebellious "Tom Boy," she most enjoyed outdoor activities her entire life.

Teddie is fondly remembered for her ability to savor the simple pleasures life has to offer, she loved family gatherings, especially "the night before the 4th," laughter came easily to her and those around her! She was infected with wanderlust and was known for her frequent adventures driving to visit family, friends or just to take a ride in the area. She was extremely proud of all her "kids" and in her later years was tickled to make day trips with them as individuals or as groups, special favorite times were time spent visiting her younger sister "Babe" in Tamworth N.H. and nieces and nephews; attending Sea Dogs games, Historical Society meetings and trips to Wal-Mart where she could be seen cruising in a scooter!!! "making the best of things" was a motto she often used to her growing children: who truly came to appreciate the meaning of as they grew older themselves!! realizing it was not a "poor me" rather an optimists outlook to enjoy the journey!

A graveside service is planned for Spring, followed by an outdoor get together of family and friends. Date and details will be posted in May.

Donations in memory of “Teddie” Chapman may be made to Hospice House at 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME. 04210.

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 June 18th '09 @ Crocker Pond  June 5th '05 @ Big Trees  June 6th '05 @ Grand Canyon  Oct. 17th '09 @ Esther's Place  Dec. 6th '09 @ Hospice House Teddie @ 19, Linwood the Logger and Esther Dunn in 1943  Visiting campers @ Crocker Pond June '09 Sept. 1st 2001 @ Sand Pit Teddie toasting at Erik's on her B-Day '08 Teddie and Stacy and Todd in May '07!!! Teddie and Baby!!! Teddie and Bev '08 Teddie, Esther and Bev '06 at Shelburne Museum VT Teddie and family, less brother John in 1937 Crystal Lake '06 Todd's B-Day '07 with Paul Todd's B-Day '07 with Stacy Stacy's Graduation Party in Brownfield '08 Thanksgiving '06 with Paul at Bev's place Garage Warming / Dennis' Retirement get together in Stoneham Sept. 30th 2007 With 4 yr. old Bev and Blackie in Brownfield 1961 With Paul in Stoneham, Easter '07 With Great-grandson Todd at Shelburne Museum in '06 Camping at Crocker Pond Dennis and Tim acting foolish in Sept. '08, Teddie often looked at it with a smile!!! Visiting the campers at Crocker Pond in Sept. '08 Leaving her apt. to go shopping on the afternoon of 7-13-09 At the Hannafords parking lot later that day, SHE LOVED RAINBOWS!!! Waiting for her plane at Portland Jetport 6-1-05!!! PROUD!!! Teddie and Great-granddaughter Stacy at Ham Arena in Conway NH, 4-10-05 With daughter Esther and her granddaughter Stacy after skating event in Conway June '04 at the Lake in Harrison!!! With Todd 6-30-04 in N. VT!!! 80 Sept. 5th '04 in Harrison!!! 80 With 3 girls at the Lake 9-05-04 Bev's 47th with Esther, Fayralyn, Stacy, Laura and Cindy 10-03-04!!!

In Denmark 1983 L-R Johanna, Joe, Phil, Babe, Renie, Teddie on the right!!!

View from window on 12-6-09 Hospice House