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Obituary for Ruth B. Chappas (Belida)

Ruth B. (Belida) Chappas, 88, a longtime resident of Dracut, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 29, 2023, at Brigham Health and Rehabilitation Center in Newburyport surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Chelmsford, on September 15, 1935, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Olga (Kostechko) Belida.

She attended Chelmsford schools, graduating with the Chelmsford High School class of 1953. After high school she attended the Bradshaw Business School in Lowell. She was employed as an administrative assistant at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for 28 years. She was a member of the Dracut Senior Citizen Club and an active member in the Town of Dracut. She enjoyed line dancing, cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and gardening.

She was a devoted mother of her son James Chappas, Jr., of Kansas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy DeFeo and her husband Kevin of Groveland, and Mary Schnaars and her husband Henry of Schuyler Falls, NY. She also had four grandsons and one granddaughter, Casey and Jonathan Chappas, and Eric, Bryce and Kari Schnaars.

Sadly, she was predeceased by her grandson Ryan Schnaars; and her siblings, Andrew, Frank, Michael, Leo, and Charles Belida, and Claudia Moreash, Helen Gebhart and Louise Wilcox.

Her funeral services and interment will be held privately.