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September 3, 1942 - January 5, 2019

There will be a private family Celebration of Life.

Dianne Lee Chapa

January 5, 2019


Dianne Lee Chapa, of Merritt Island, Florida, died Saturday after a long illness.

Born in Scranton, PA, on September 3, 1942, daughter of the late Joseph and Evelyn Clifford and sister of the late Robert Clifford.   She was a graduate of West Scranton High School and wrote for the local newspaper.  She was a member of Jackson St. Baptist Church before she was married.  She was a wonderful gourmet cook and instructor and loved to travel and read mystery novels, as well as, spoiling her husband.  She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi International, a non-academic sorority in Merritt Island, FL.  She worked for Suitable Properties, Inc. of Merritt Island.  She loved debating the political issues of the day.  She had an amazing laugh and sense of humor that will be missed.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Thaddeus (Ted) Chapa of Merritt island, FL; daughter  Donna Chapa Crowe (Judson) of Wilmington, NC; son Rev. Michael Chapa (Tonya) of Black Forest, CO; daughter Deborah Chapa Minnich (Michael) of Palm Coast, FL; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family Celebration of Life.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (