Cleo Eleanor Chase

9 April, 192422 October, 2020

Cleo E. Chase


Cleo E.Chase, 96 , passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 22, 2020. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Arthur J. Chase.

Cleo, a lifelong resident of Webberville, Michigan, graduated from Webberville High School in 1941. Cleo and Art were married in 1943 and resided in Webberville. During that time, Cleo received her teaching certificate from Ingham County Normal in Mason while Art was serving in Europe during WWII. Cleo returned to college while raising 5 children and received her degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University. She began a 19 year career as a kindergarten teacher at Webberville Community Schools until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in both Webberville and Fowlerville, at various times, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir. She was a charter member of the Women’s Advance Club and started the Webberville 4-H Club in 1953. It was Cleo’s love of music that led her to become a member of various Sweet Adeline Barbershop choirs in both Livingston and Ingham county over the years. This love of music continued throughout her entire life as she entertained at various social occasions and eventually presented her with a most cherished and favorite pastime of playing piano 3 days a week at the Williamston Senior Center. It was there that she celebrated her 95th birthday with her many friends, still playing the songs that she loved. Ironically, Cleo could not read a note of music and played the piano beautifully by ear.

Cleo was a lifelong Detroit Tigers baseball fan right up to her last days, rarely missing a televised game. She was an avid reader and movie goer and particularly enjoyed attending any event that her grandchildren participated in.

Cleo is survived by her children David (Marsha), Marcia Maxwell, Steven (Joy), Michael (Teresa), and Jeffrey (Terry), 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, brother Silas Bement, brother Robert Bement, sister Helen Bigelow, and numerous nephews and nieces.

A private celebration of Cleo’s life will be held on November 14 at the Webberville United Methodist Church. Please consider memorial contributions in Cleo’s name to the Williamston Senior Center, PO Box 343, Williamston, MI 48895.

A special thank you to nurses Courtney, Jessica, Singing Mary and Chaplain Russ of Elara Caring.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home.

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Jean Bement

19 November 2020

My deepest condolences to the Chase and Bement families on the loss of Miss Cleo. She was a sweet lady and I was blessed to have been able to speak with her a few times when our paths crossed. Her father was my grandfather's (Lawton Bement), cousin. What a lovely reunion she has enjoyed with so many who went on before her, coming from such large and loving family.

Blessings to you,

Jean Bement (Mason, MI)

Alan Schmidt

8 November 2020

To The Chase Family --

I was so sorry to read about the loss of your Mother. My deepest condolences to your family ... especially Dave and Jeff.

With thoughts of peace and courage to all of you,
Alan Schmidt

Cora Oesterle

6 November 2020

I always enjoyed visiting with Cleo. She had good ideas and thoughts. Loved her love of the Tigers. Good natured, (mostly) smart, and interested in what was going on in life. Will miss her a lot. RIP Cleo. Your friend, Cora

Paula Damkoehler

25 October 2020

so sorry to hear of the loss of Cleo. She was such a wonderful woman and loved her little laugh. She will be deeply missed.

Dawn & Ron Harris

24 October 2020

So sorry to hear of Cleo's passing. We got to know Cleo through her involvement with the Williamston Area Senior Center. She shared her talent of playing the piano for the seniors and they really enjoyed listening to her play. She will be missed!

Carrie Sparks

23 October 2020

Dave, Marsha, Whit, Erin, Mark.....

I am soooo sorry for your loss. Your family has been such a huge part of my life for so long (Yea, I know, Dave...TOO long, right?) that I feel as though I lost a grandparent, as well. Sending lots of love to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you lots!

--Roger, Carrie, Courtney, and Trevor Sparks


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