Marlene Chapman | The Gazette

Marleen Chapman


Marlene Chapman, 91, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday morning, April 23, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church in Hopkinton, with burial to follow in Hopkinton Cemetery. A parish wake will begin at the church on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 4:00 PM. Visitation ends Monday evening at 7:00 PM and resumes Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM until service time.

Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello is in charge of arrangements. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be shared at

Surviving are her two children, Don (Shelley) and Kathy Chapman; three grandchildren, Mat (Nicole) Chapman, Dillon (Nicole) Chapman, Bre (Chase) Chapman; her brother, Tom (Donna) DeShaw; and her brother-in-law, Ronnie Wolfe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jean Wolfe, her brother and sister-in-law, Donnie (Margie) DeShaw, and a cousin, Terry DeShaw.

Marlene Ann DeShaw was born on September 23, 1932 in Monticello, Iowa, the daughter of Perry and Regina DeShaw. Marlene graduated from Buck Creek School in 1950 and then worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids. On March 17, 1953, she married Dorrance “Smokey” Chapman at St. Luke Catholic Church. The couple operated Double D Trucking out of Sand Springs. Marlene served as a Delaware County jailer for twenty years, retiring in 2010. Marlene enjoyed baking cookies and brownies for her grandchildren, family and friends. She also acted as the designated “granny taxi” for them until they could drive. In 1999, Marlene fulfilled her lifelong dream: traveling to Australia and New Zealand.

Marlene’s kindness, generosity and contributions touched the lives of many and she will be greatly missed.