Alice Ann Chappie age 78, of Piqua and formerly of Versailles passed away at 8:32 PM on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Stillwater Nursing & Rehabilitation in Covington.
Alice was born October 15, 1942, in Covington to the late Lester & Rita (Neargarder) Schmidt. In addition to her parents, Alice was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph on May 3, 2001; sister, Doris Schmidt; sister-in-law, Mary Schmidt; and brother-in-law, Larry Grube. Alice was a 1960 graduate of Covington High School. She married the love of her life, Ralph Chappie on May 19, 1962, at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Covington. Alice, along with her husband Ralph, raised four adventurous boys in Versailles, Mike David, Tony and Rob.
Alice is survived by her children, Michael (Patricia) Chappie of Troy, David Chappie of Cedar City, Utah, Tony (Nicole Larck) of Piqua and Robert (Dawn) Chappie of Mico, Texas; grandchildren, Emily (Mav) Peters, Amy (Patrick) Dromey, Logan Chappie, Luke Chappie, Samuel Chappie, Julie (Zack) Heinrich, Bree Chappie, Max Chappie, Jack Jack Chappie, Zoommack Chappie, Ashley Chappie and Tanith Chappie; 7 great grandchildren; siblings, Connie Sheldon of Centerville, Richard Schmidt of Enon, Bob (Chris) Schmidt of Piqua, Sharon Grube of Piqua and Sandy (Randy) Stine of Piqua; brothers-in-law, John (Karen) Chappie of Montezuma and Raymond Chappie of Lebanon, Missouri; and so many loving nieces and nephews.
Alice was a creative entrepreneur, encouraging her sons in avenues of small business ownership. Along with her husband, Alice owned Chappie’s Dairy Bar in Versailles for many years. With a love for sewing, Alice started Alice’s Bridal Boutique in the side garage attached to their home in Versailles. She offered a variety of modern bridal and prom attire to customers from multiple surrounding counties. In the mid 1980’s she moved her growing bridal business to Troy until her retirement in 1997. Alice had a giving spirit and continued sewing to provide burial clothing for stillborn babies. She later made many creative fun bibs for the elderly at Dorothy Love.
Alice loved the warmth of the sun on her face and the wind in her hair. She could be found roller skating with her boys, square dancing with her friends, roller blading or riding her bicycle for exercise. She enjoyed riding on the back of Ralph’s Goldwing motorcycle and enjoying the lakes in their boat. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles and in her younger years she volunteered to teach CCD. In her retirement she liked to travel, making new friends along the way. She loved curling up to watch a movie with a cup of hot chocolate or a bowl of ice cream or getting a fresh grown tomato from her garden. Alice loved the Lord and would seek to attend any church service she could get to. She will be greatly missed by her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Duell celebrant. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Epilepsy Foundation 120 W. Second St. Suite 425 Dayton, OH 45402. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.