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Irdell Dona Chase, 88 - September 22, 2011

Irdell Dona Chase, 88, of Lexington, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Graveside service were conducted on Monday, Sept. 26, at the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington with the Revs. John Shields, Paul Pack and Paul Thomas officiating.
Chase was born Dona Irdell, to Raphael and Amanda (Schmidt) Chartraw near Cat Creek in Custer County on a family farm.
She graduated from Mason City High School in 1940, and achieved normal training after high school. Her first teaching opportunity was northwest of Broken Bow, and her final two years of teaching were conducted north of Cat Creek.
On May 26, 1944, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Harold A. Chase, at the Baptist Church in Broken Bow. Her husband was stationed at Alaska during World War II, and they were married when he returned home. To this union, a daughter was born.
Chase and her husband lived at Galveston, TX, for one year where he was stationed and then honorably discharged. After the service, they built a home at Gothenburg.
In 1952, she was hospitalized for 20 days and not expected to live, however, it was found to be a ruptured appendix. Later that year, she suffered a complete nervous breakdown and, due to insulin and electrical shock treatments, she was physically and mentally handicapped. She had to learn how to walk, read, write, cook and dress herself again, according to family members.
In 1962, the family moved to Lexington because of her husband’s employment and, at that time, her name was changed for business purposes.
She taught piano lessons, baby sat for others and served at her church.
Chase was a wonderful cook and she enjoyed being a wife and mother as well as gardening and being outdoors, said family members.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Raphael and Amanda; a sister-in-law; nieces, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Survivors include: her husband, Harold Chase of Lexington; daughter, Barbara Chase of Lexington; her therapy dog, Benny; a brother, Eugene Chartraw of Ansley; niece, Connie Miller of Milford; nephew, Mike Chartraw of Lincoln.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.