Charlene Louise Chapman
Born: February 25, 1951 in Detroit, Charlene Louise Malesko. Died: February 2, 2023 in Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak from complications of appendicitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after a short hospital stay.
Char lived most of her life in the metro Detroit area. Deaf from childhood due to measles, she could read lips like nobody's business. She could read lips so well that, apparently, someone from the CIA approached her to work for them. If she stood back-to-back with someone and both looked into mirrors she could still read their lips -- even if they had facial hair, a deformity, or an accent. Suffice it to say, that if you had to share a secret, make sure your lips were covered around Char!
She married Bill Chapman on August 6, 1982 and brought her two daughters (Marcy & Tracy) from a previous marriage into the Chapman family, which included Bill's son Billy. The family never remembers the anniversary date correctly because the Justice of the Peace had a family emergency and had to reschedule the wedding from the original date of August 11.
She loved her family, friends, her pets including her cat Simba, books & reading, music, art, animals, the zoo, soft warm things, scarves, and salt lamps. She had the loveliest handwriting. She was a well-read and articulate person who found enjoyment in the little things. Her house was filled with treasures from friends and family and gift catalogs. As her mobility decreased, she enjoyed spending time interacting with friends and family on Facebook and staying aware of and engaged with local, national, and world events.
Despite being a slight woman, she could really put away pizza and chocolate. She's survived by her husband, Bill Chapman; daughter Marcy Webster & her partner John Dalton and Marcy's grown children, Kayla Webster & fiancée Abigail, Brittney Musial & her son Colton; daughter, Tracy Chapman & her wife Margy Belchak and their children Frankie & Rosie Goldstein; son, Billy Chapman & his wife Andrea Chapman and their children Jason & Michael Chapman; and her younger sister, Leslie Abraham. Services are planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the Detroit Dog Rescue.
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