Dorothy May “Dot” Chrapan (nee Moore)

May 19, 1931 – Dec 16, 2017
Our beloved Mom passed away peacefully at the age of 86 years with Debora, Glen and Niko by her side. Our cherished little “Dinky-Doodle-Nana-Noodle” was filled with peace and hope as she went to her heavenly father on December 16, 2017.

Predeceased by the love of her life, husband Bill Chrapan (1928 to 1968). Treasured mother of Debora (Glen) Mollon and proud grandmother of Niko Mollon. Loving and supportive mother to daughter Gail (Bob) Cook. Predeceased by sister Marjorie Arnold (Bill), brother Clifford Moore (survived by Edna) and survived by brother Walter Moore (Bernice).

Predeceased by sister-in-law Mary Allan (Bill), June Landry (Jerry), Glen Chrapan (survived by dear “sister” Josie). Always the favorite and fun loving auntie to 17 nieces and nephews. Also survived by her special “adopted daughter” Laurie Ptolemy and dear friends Diane Parkin and Janet Hodgkinson whom were all loyal and true friends for over forty five years.

Born at home on Wexford Avenue in Hamilton, Ontario, the youngest of four children to Doris (nee Brownhill) and Frank Moore. In 1949 Mom fell in love with her neighbour and married Bill Chrapan on October 7, 1950. In 1956 their first daughter Debora was born followed by daughter Gail in 1958. Mom and Daddy spent lots of time outdoors with their young girls, parks and beaches in summer, family holidays at Wasaga Beach, ice-skating, tobogganing and skiing in winter, all for a short time while Daddy’s health permitted. Mom nursed Daddy starting 6 months after their wedding for 18 years until he passed away September 9, 1968 a week after his 40th birthday. Challenging years still laid ahead for Mom.

A widow at 37, two young daughters 10 & 12 years, and her own health failing within months of Daddy’s passing. Mom had maintained an incredibly positive attitude and always said her deep faith and love for her daughters carried her through. She kept life exciting, spontaneously waking her girls at 5 am to “beat the traffic” and drive to Wasaga Beach for a weekend getaway. Despite many surgeries Mom worked full-time shift work as a Nurses Care Aid at Dr. Rygel’s Home in West Hamilton. She attended night school to begin her new career at Revenue Canada where she worked her way up to Fraud Agent. She continued to struggle with ill health and was finally diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in 1973. Yet Mom continued to work whenever she could “for her girls” and retired in 1987.

A committed volunteer she helped organize many fundraisers for the Lupus Society of Hamilton. Mom loved adventures and travelled extensively with Deb, Glen and Niko driving around Costa Rica, several trips to B.C., many Caribbean cruises and her dream cruise to Alaska. She also enjoyed adventures to the Quebec Winter Carnival, casinos and holidays in Bahamas, Las Vegas, Reno, Laughlin, and Niagara Falls, trips with Janet to Scotland and Africa where mom was deeply moved by a spiritual connection. A strong independent women, our precious little Mommy always shared positive encouragement with those facing challenges or important life decisions.

Mom-Nana was a wonderful confident and best friend. Mom loved coffee and enjoyed it to the end, and was hoping that good free coffee will be served in heaven. She loved parsnips and sweet treats, bare feet and having her family nearby. Her smile would light up a room and her sharp wit brought joy to others right up to her last days. The last two years were her happiest and most content, enjoying visits from Deb, Glen (her “Son”) and Grandson Niko (her “Little Bubba”). From near and far she was gifted many beautiful cards, gifts and sentiments, phone calls and visits from family and dear friends that are chosen family with special attention given by dear friend Orla Bolton.

Nana also adored her furry grandcat Holly who loved to curl up and cuddle on her lap. Nana’s “Little Bubba” would easily pick up “The Incredible Shrinking Dinky Doodle” in his arms like a doll for doctor appointments and her much loved family dinners. Mom will be remembered for her strength and independence, sense of humour and adventure, dedication to her faith and her giving and kind heart.

We are particularly grateful for the compassionate care Mom and her family received from Dr. Theresa Wilson and her staff at Highland Family Practice especially Jan. We are also grateful for the exceptional Nurses and Care Aids at ‘The Views at St. Joseph’s’ that gently cared for Mom with compassion under the wonderful leadership of Amanda Levicek. We would also like to thank Pastor Brian Ducedre for his comforting visits and service in our community. We are also grateful for the expert assistance and

guidance given by Emma Rimell at Toneff Funeral Services.

A private Celebration of Life for family and close friends will be held this fall in Ontario at which time Mom’s ashes will be placed with her beloved Bill. When you hear the song ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water” remember Mom, she loved that song and often said it represented the many challenges she overcame. Our Little Mommy is free and surrounded by love and light. This quote by Aileen Santos represents how Mom lived her life:

“Real love is not about how much you need your loved one.

Instead it has more to do with how much you care about what your loved one needs.”

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