Jeannette B. Chappell

December 8, 1923 ~ March 8, 2020 (age 96)


Jeannette B. Chappell, 96, of Auburn, passed away on March 8, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Jennie Baker. Jeannette graduated from Sherwood High School in 1940 and later from Syracuse University College of Nursing, Army Cadet Corps. Jeannette worked as a nurse in the Auburn public schools and retired from the Cayuga County Health Department. She was a long time volunteer at the handicapped pool program at the YMCA and enjoyed playing bridge with friends and doing crossword puzzles. She was a longtime, active member of the First Presbyterian Church where she had served as elder and deacon. Jeannette was also a former member of the Owasco Yacht Club.

She is survived by:

Daughters:          Sue D. Kelly of Syracuse

                              Hope D. Hart of Williamstown

                              Martha J. Russell of Union Springs

Grandchildren:  Sean (Anneke Swineheart) Kelly of Oakland, CA

                              Dr. Jacob (Susannah Elwyn) Russell of Havertown, PA

                              Jeffery (Terese Pinckney) Russell  of Napa, CA

                              Emily Hart (Christopher Legard) of Williamstown

4 Great Grandsons

Nieces: Beth Powers of Auburn

               Penny Powers of Nashville, TN

               Pam (David) Tazik of Erie, CO

Brother and Sisters-in-law Leonard and Joan Defendorf and Eleanor Middleton

Other loving nieces, nephews and family, and her church family and friends in the Auburn Community              

There will be visitation from 1PM to 2PM on Saturday March 14, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church, 112 South Street, Auburn, with a memorial service to follow at 2PM.

In addition to her parents, Jeannette was predeceased by her sister Mildred Baker Powers and brothers Charles and George Baker, former husband and father of her daughters Edward J. Defendorf, second husband Louis T. Shaw, and third husband Elmer Chappell, and sons-in-law James W. Kelly and Edward Hart.

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 112 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021 or to the Calvary Food Pantry, 90 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021 in memory of Jeannette B. Chappell.


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Calvary Food Pantry
90 Franklin Street, Auburn NY 13021

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112 South Street, Auburn NY 13021

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