Lauren Ann Chapis, 56

We lost Lauren Ann Chapis to this world on November 17, 2022, weeks after enjoying her 56th birthday with family on October 23rd.

Born and raised in Pottstown, PA Lauren was the daughter of Nicholas and Marilyn Chapis. Surviving along with her parents is her son Gabriel Zurga; siblings Greg (and Lisanne) Chapis and Anne (and Patrick) Chapis Hirn and their children Katie, Jason, Trexler and Erikson.

Lauren was an inspiration to her friends and family; she maintains a special place in all our hearts. She lived her life to the fullest and never let the fact that she was born with a major congenital heart condition define her life. She graduated from Pottsgrove High School where she played the drums in the marching band. Lauren attended the University of Delaware and then received her Master of Library Science from Drexel University. After grad school, she worked for ten fulfilling years as a librarian at the Hill School – touching the hearts of many students, faculty and staff. Lauren enjoyed traveling, be it abroad with her family or zig-zagging the country on road trips with never enough CDs for the journey. Her life was filled with humor, music, and of course reading. She had a quick wit, great intelligence, and a determined way about her to defy the odds her entire life. The highlight of her life came when she adopted her son Gabriel following the loss of a baby daughter, Daria, who only lived for a few precious months. Lauren had an incredible amount of love reserved for Gabriel and her favorite role was that of a mother.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown, PA on Sunday, November 27th at 1PM.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Lauren and her lifetime love of reading to the Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 or a favorite charity.

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We can take comfort in knowing that Lauren is now in the Loving arms of God. I am praying for all of you. Mary R. Bradshaw

~ Mary R. Bradshaw
11/26/2022 8:58:00 PM

From sandboxes, to basements, to player pianos, and proms… Lauren always reminded me she was older (and wiser) than me! We will always cherish the many memories and ensure her legacy lives on through our actions. Much love, Dan(ny)!

~ Dan Hecht
11/23/2022 10:26:47 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss but so happy to hear about the very full and rewarding life Lauren led. She is truly inspiring. My love to all the family.

~ Anice Jones Loudon, TN
11/23/2022 9:37:58 PM

My deepest condolences at Lauren’s passing. We spent a lot of time together in the marching band. I have many fond memories of her from that time. I am very sorry to hear of her passing.

~ Todd Fry
11/23/2022 9:36:39 PM

My deepest empathy to you and your family. I think Lauren will meet her doctor in Heaven.

~ JudyLupas Pottstown, Pa
11/23/2022 3:58:24 PM

Oh my sweet friend, whom I met at Spring Mill. My heart is broken that you left this world to soon! Please rest in peace. I will love you forever my friend!!

~ Debra Harman Perkiomenville, PA
11/23/2022 1:21:24 PM

Sending you so much love in this difficult time.

~ Marcy & Pat Donovan
11/23/2022 10:13:26 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

~ Bob & Pat Rose
11/23/2022 8:52:54 AM

Dear Chapis Family, I am so sorry to hear of Lauren's passing. may it help to know that other's care!

~ Sandra Mull
11/22/2022 11:46:08 PM

My sincere sympathy to you and the family. You all will be in my prayers.

~ Debbie Mengel Mcdermott
11/22/2022 10:06:09 PM

Dr. and Mrs. Charisma, My heartvfelt condolences on the loss of Lauren. I was in marching band with her, also playing drums. Her smile lit up everything she walked into a room. We had so much fun together. We always laughed about you being my OB. May your hearts find peace. Laura Rowley

~ Laura Rowley
11/22/2022 9:11:32 PM

Dear Chapis Family, We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Lauren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With sympathy, Rick and Diane Saylor

~ Rick and Diane Saylor Pottstown, PA
11/22/2022 7:47:26 PM

Dear Chapis & Hirn family—how sad I am to know Lauren is no longer with us here on earth. I remember her as a high school student—sharp wit, great humor… with a passion for ….Duran Duran (!!)…I always think of her when I hear their music! She was so cute describing how much she loved them! I will never forget that infectious joyfulness. Holding you all close in my heart as you grieve. May you find peace in her incredible legacy.

~ Allison Cross
11/22/2022 7:09:42 PM

So sad but so wonderful to remember the great times I got to share with Lauren. It was an honor to call her a friend!

~ David
11/22/2022 5:03:26 PM

Our sympathies on Lauren’s passing. From our Schafer family to the Chapis’. Our dad Ron was Pottsgrove HS librarian and knew Lauren well. They shared their love of books and helping guide others to the right book. Peace!

~ David Schafer
11/22/2022 5:00:08 PM

My sincerest of condolences to Dr. and Mrs. Chapis. I remember you telling so many fond stories and sharing memories of Lauren. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ CHERYL KAHN DOUGLASSVILLE, PA
11/22/2022 1:02:54 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Lauren was such a bright light in your family and we're really going to miss her.

~ Kristyn and Ed Wuillermin
11/22/2022 10:10:45 AM

Dr. and Mrs Chapis, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in all of your fond and precious memories of Lauren. Amy

~ Amy Hartenstine Daniels Pottstown, PA
11/22/2022 9:11:01 AM