Dorothy D. Chapman

Dorothy D. Chapman - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

Rochester, NY – Passed away September 30, 2021 at age 101. Dorothy was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert. She is survived by her two sons, Robert Jr. and Gary Chapman (Beth), and her grandchildren Anna Chapman May (Scott) and Henry Chapman.

Having grown up in a close-knit family in Rochester’s 19th Ward, she graduated from West High School and married Robert in the early days of World War II. Later Dorothy had a long and successful career as a highly valued secretary at the John D. Brush Co. She especially enjoyed frequent and spirited games of bridge with Robert, her aunt Bea and uncle Art Seitz. Later in life she enjoyed her numerous friends and travels to beautiful destinations such as the Canadian Rockies and Hawaii.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Resurrection Lutheran Church,

10 Condolences

  1. Lisa H on October 6, 2021 at 10:32 am

    My sweet Dorothy. I really enjoyed Being a part of your life for the years that I was able to help you with the things you needed. You will always have a special place in my heart.
    With love, Lisa Houser

  2. Lisa H on October 6, 2021 at 10:35 am

    My Condolences to Rob, Gary and family! ~Lisa Houser

    • Bob Chapman, Jr. on October 10, 2021 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you, Lisa. And thank you for being such a great friend to my mother when she had to go to the nursing home. You were a friendly face and I know she appreciated all the things you brought for her – Bob Chapman, Jr.

  3. Sheila Chatterton on October 8, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Robert and Gary,
    I send you my deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful mother. Our parents were friends forever. I remember when I was growing up, Dorothy and Bob would come to our house now and then on a Friday or Saturday evening for a game of bridge, My parents enjoyed knowing both of your parents.
    God bless and comfort you at this difficult time! Sheila Chatterton

    • Bob Chapman, Jr. on October 10, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you, Sheila. I don’t recall ever meeting anyone in your family but I definitely remember the Chatterton name mentioned in our home many times over the years! – Bob Chapman, Jr.

      • Anne Allen on November 6, 2021 at 11:55 am

        Gary an Robert, My condolence to you from Anne Taylor Allen and Dan Taylor. What beautiful memories I have of Mr and Mrs Chapman. Many laughs would come from our kitchen on Roxborough when your parents would walk down and spend sometime in our kitchen . Manhattan “s and mixed salted peanuts were always served. Never a lull in conversation or laughter. Can still picture your home on Genesee Park Blvd. with those beautiful Red Canna Lilies in your front years.
        Much love to you and your families. Anne and Danny

        • Gary Chapman on November 12, 2021 at 10:09 am

          Thank you Anne and Dan! My brother and I surely have the fondest remembrance of the Taylors of Roxborough Road. I of course spent my entire childhood climbing the tree and swinging on the swings in your backyard with Charlie, my best friend. And our parents simply loved yours. Best wishes. – Gary Chapman

    • Marcia Harley on October 11, 2021 at 8:09 am

      Oh My Dorothy I’ve been your aide for the last 2 years you were my favorite and I am going to miss you so much

  4. Diane Bengtson Kilbourn on December 22, 2021 at 11:42 am

    You may not remember me but I am Ralph Bengtson’s daughter, Diane. I am not sure what provoked me to search for my Aunt Dorothy but I did and I am so very sad to hear of her death, and not long ago.. My condolences to your family. I would love to reconnect as I suspect, my sister, Carla, would as well. I know I need to leave my email with the funeral home to leave this message.

    • Gary Chapman on October 10, 2023 at 10:42 am

      Sorry for the belated response… but many thanks for your expression of sympathy. Our parents were very fond of the Bengston clan. I’m actually writing this in a car with brother Bob at the wheel as we pass Schenectady en route to Rochester and Niagara Falls for our annual fall golf trip. We too would be happy to reconnect; my email address is

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