The Transylvania Times -

Renate Pitowski Chapman


September 13, 2018

Renate Pitowski Chapman, 75, of Pisgah Forest, entered the gates of Heaven Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, where her family and friends that have gone on before her greeted her.

She spent her life caring and advocating for animals in need of love and attention, including many cats, dogs and a squirrel she called Rocky, in which she found her life’s purpose.

Her husband of 56 years, Henry J. Chapman, and her dear brother, Hans, whose family members reside in Germany, preceded her in death.

She leaves behind her beloved son, Richard Henry Chapman, and daughter-in-law, Cynthia Hoxit Chapman.

She will also be fondly remembered by sister, Elfrieda Gleitsmann; nephew, Thomas Scherber; sister, Dorthea Young; nephew, Geoff Rutherford; and her favorite niece and close friend, Pat Lind.

A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she has been a supportive member since 1961.

A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue P.O. Box 8195 Asheville, NC 28803, (828) 505-3440 or [email protected]; or Bread Of Life Soup Kitchen at 238 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, NC 28712, (828) 877-3577.

The family also wants to send out a special thanks to the Transylvania Regional Hospital Hospice for the tender care received during a difficult time.

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations is caring for the family.

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