Vivie Ericsson Chapman, 98, of 17 Pool Road, North Haven, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Friday, February 17, 2012 at the CT Hospice, Inc. She was born in Kenilworth, New Jersey on November 23, 1913, daughter of the late Frans and Gerda Sandquist Ericsson. Mrs. Chapman received a Bachelors degree from Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey and after raising her family she worked as a Librarian for the North Haven Library from 1956 to 1962. She was a member of the Apollo Singing Society; the Mayflower Society and the North Haven Congregational Church where she was a member of the choir and women’s club. Mrs. Chapman was an avid crocheter, reader, enjoyed music, loved to travel with her husband and was an excellent baker (especially her apple pie and chocolate chip cookies). Her beloved husband Joseph Parker Chapman predeceased her in 2004. Loving mother of Judith Greist of Colorado Springs, CO, Joan (Fred) Melillo and Janet (Tony) Fusco all of North Haven. Devoted grandmother of Barbara Latrell of CO, Beth Ann (Robert) Connors of Wallingford, Brian (Tara) Melillo of Northford, Jennifer (Stephen) Elia of Wilton, Brenda (Michael) Tyrrell of Wallingford and Michael (Allison) Fusco of Medford, Mass. Also survived by her cherished great grandchildren Jay Latrell, Sydney Elia, Emma Connors, Brooke Melillo, Kate Melillo, Alex Elia, Megan Connors, Jace & Samantha Melillo, Ryan Elia and Mya Tyrrell. Predeceased by her son-in-law Allan Greist, her grandson Michael Greist, her brother Lennart Ericsson and her sister Margaret Jarett.
Funeral Services will be conducted in the North Haven Congregational Church, Thursday morning at 11:00. Interment will follow in the North Haven Center Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the CT Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405; the Hospital of St. Raphael’s Foundation, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511 or the Hamden Health Care Center, 1270 Sherman Ln., Hamden, CT 06514. The North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue has been entrusted with Mrs. Chapman’s arrangements.