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Marie Pomatto Chase
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Marie Pomatto Chase, 96, passed away on July 8, 2018, at her daughter’s home in North Carolina. Marie was born in Marseilles on July 5, 1922 to parents John and Effie Pomatto. She is survived by daughter Donna Turnbaugh and husband Roy of Weaverville, NC, son Michael Chase and Vicki Nicholson of Marseilles, two grandsons, Andrew Turnbaugh of Libertyville and Peter Turnbaugh of San Francisco, and four great-granddaughters, Isabella, Hazel, Vivienne, and Imogen. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Louis Pomatto. Marie graduated as valedictorian of the Marseilles High School class of 1940 and earned a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1944. She proudly served in the Navy Waves from 1944-1946,and was the first woman from LaSalle Co. to enlist. Marie was a dedicated teacher in the Marseilles Public Schools, from 1948-1951 and from 1958-1977. She started the first public school kindergarten program in Marseilles. Interment will occur at a future date at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial or to Care Partners Hospice.


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