Arlene M. Chase

ATHOL — Funeral services for Arlene Mary (Hammond) Chase, 98, of 520 Lenox St., were held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Our Lady Immaculate Church. Private interment will be held at a later date.

The funeral pall was placed by Elizabeth Robinson, Laurie Parker, Lynn Chiasson and Kim Goupil. The crucifix was placed by Sherrie Brighenti. The readings were shared by Rachel Ambrozy and Jennifer Mayer. The offertory gifts were brought forward by Carol Ambrozy and Donald Ambrozy. A eulogy was given by Sara Yates. The prayer of the faithful was given by Marie Shatos. Rev. Edwin Montana officiated with Deacon Scott Colley and the altar server was Jackie Doherty.

The organist was Terry Parker and the soloist was Liz Hume.

The bearers were Richard Ambrozy, Ryan Ambrozy, William Mayer, William Yates, Evan Mayer, Garett Fortier, Jeffrey Parker and Shawn Goupil.

A reception was held at the King Phillip Restaurant.

Mack Family Funeral Homes, Fiske-Murphy & Mack location, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, assisted with arrangements.

ATHOL — Arlene Mary (Hammond) Chase, 98, of 520 Lenox St., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare, while surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Lowell on Aug. 16, 1917, she was the daughter of Henry and Philimon (Sevigney) Hammond. She grew up in Derry, N.H., and attended local schools there. In her teens, she was proud to have been named “Carnival Queen” and been given the Key to the City.

As a young person, Arlene worked in McElwain Shoe Shop, and then with her sister, Evelyn Blanchard, owner of Blanden’s Bridal Shop and the Seventeen Shop. She was well-known for the beautiful cakes she made as part of her cake decorating business, with her favorites being the bridal confections. She later worked in the purchasing department of the L.S. Starrett Company for many years, until her retirement.

On July 4, 1936, she married Walter E. Chase Jr. of Athol, and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage, until his death in 1997. Together they were parishioners of Our Lady Immaculate Church, were members of the Ellinwood Country Club for more than 50 years, and also belonged to a local bowling league. Additionally she was a member of the Athol Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and enjoyed working in the Glass Shelf Gift Shop.

For many years, Arlene and her husband spent their winters in Lakeland, Fla., where golf was their daily pastime.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Chase) Ambrozy and her husband, Donald, of Athol; a son-in-law, Gary Fortier of Athol; a grandson, Richard Ambrozy and his wife, Laura, of Athol; a granddaughter, Sara (Hebert) Yates and her husband, William, of Windham, Maine; a granddaughter, Jennifer (Hebert) Mayer and her husband, William, of Athol; a grandson, Garett Fortier and his partner, Ellen Reed, of East Templeton; great-grandchildren Ryan and Rachel Ambrozy, Liam, Riley, Morgan and Devon Yates, Evan and Olivia Mayer, and McKenna Fortier; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara (Chase) Fortier, her sister, Evelyn, and brothers, Harold, Earl and Wesley Hammond.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., Athol. Private interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Barbara A. Fortier Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Athol Savings Bank, 1499 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.

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Mack Family Funeral Homes, Fiske-Murphy & Mack location, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is assisting with arrangements.

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