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Louisa C. (Chase) Waner, 91.

SUTTON Louisa C. (Chase) Waner, 91, of Sutton, died on Friday, September 21, 2007, in St. Camillus Nursing Home, Whitinsville. Her husband of 52 years, John P. Waner, died in 2000.

She leaves several nephews and nieces, including her caregivers: Herbert L. Chase of Sutton, Geraldine Coady of Dudley and Christine Chase of North Oxford. Her brothers, George Chase of East Brookfield and Walter Chase of Worcester and her sister, Jennie Emch of Ohio, all preceded her in death.

She was born in Millbury on October 20, 1915, a daughter of the late Herbert N. and M. Ernestine (Bates) Chase and lived in Sutton for most of her life. She graduated from Sutton High School in 1933, and then attended Becker Junior College, Worcester, After working as a mender at Wuskanut Mills, in the Farnumsville village of South Grafton for 11 years, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1944. She was honorably discharges in 1946 as a Mailman Second Class; her last duty assignment was the Post Office at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD.

Mrs. Waner entered the U.S. Postal Service in 1953 as a clerk at the Wilkinsonville Post Office. When the new Post Office was built on Providence Road in 1961, she had the responsibility of setting up the new facility and served as chairwoman of the dedication ceremonies. She became Postmaster of Wilkinsonville in 1965 and served until she retired in 1972.

Mrs. Waner was a member of St Johns Episcopal Church; a charter member and first Post Adjutant of Dudley-Gendron Post #414, American Legion; a member for 75 years of the Grange, first of the former Millbury Grange until it disbanded and presently of the Auburn Grange. She was also a member of the Sutton Council on Aging, the Sutton Golden Age Club, the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and the AARP. Over the years, she served on many Sutton scholarship committees. In her younger days, she excelled at softball and was a member of the Millbury Woolen Co. Womens Softball Team, which won the Mac-Ben Girls League Trophy in 1940. She also played Third Base on the Hayward Schuster Woolen Mills Girls Softball Team (East Douglas), the Womens Softball State Champions of 1942.

Mrs. Waners funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, in St Marks Catholic Church, 356 Boston Rd., by Rev. John Betit, Rector of St Johns Episcopal Church. After the service, she will be buried with Military Honors beside her beloved husband in Howard Cemetery, Armsby Road. Calling hours at Turgeon Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Millbury, will be Monday, September 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The members of Dudley-Gendron Post #414 will meet at 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home, to conduct a Service of Farewell for their departed comrade. Contributions in Mrs. Waners memory may be made to the Alzheimers Assn., Massachusetts Chapter, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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