Hope I. Chase
Hope — Hope Iris Chase, 89, daughter of Harry I. and Letitia F. Shumway, was born in Boston Jan. 16, 1928, and died March 9, 2017, at Quarry Hill in Camden. She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis D. Chase Jr. and stepson Curtis H. Chase.
Hope moved to South Hope in 1980, working first at Pen Bay Hospital as a registered central service technician, then changed jobs, becoming a jeweler’s assistant for Ronna Lugosch. When Ronna moved from Camden, Hope took up stained glass and antique porcelain and composition doll repair. Crafts were her passion; however, she worked part-time as an aide at Talbot House in Rockland until she could no longer handle the stairs. She was known in the antique doll world as the doll lady of South Hope.
Hope graduated from Bridgewater (Mass.) High School in 1946 and worked as an early switchboard toll call operator for “Ma Bell”; she also was a proofreader for a printing company in Brockton, Mass. In New Hampshire, she worked at Dartmouth Medical Center as a research assistant in the microbiology department, until the grant she was hired under expired.
Hope leaves her daughter Cynthia S. and husband, James, DellaPenna, of Hope and Raleigh, N.C.; her son Peter D. and wife, Robin, Chase, of Belmont, N.H.; daughter Mary F. Chase of Sanford; and son James M. Chase of Manchester, N.H.. She also leaves her stepdaughter, Jean M. Durand, of Canton, Mass., and children; six grandchildren, Miguel and wife, Nilda, DellaPenna of Sanford, Fla.; Christopher Chase of Maine; Courtney Chase of New York; Kelley Fair of Revere, Mass.; Kattie Fair of Sanford; Misty Chase of New Hampshire; and five great-grandchildren, Cindy E. DellaPenna, Leila Shahi, Hunter Fair, Starr and Vera Kenney.
Hope’s sense of humor, creativity and “let’s do it” attitude will be missed by all who knew her.
Arrangements are with Direct Cremation of Maine, Belfast. A memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice or the Alzheimer’s Association.