Oldest Alumnus – BFA Fairfax

PLAINVILLE, CONN. — Aleita Foss Chapman passed away peacefully in the Apple Health Center on May 30, 2014. She was 106 years old. Aleita was born in Weybridge, Vt., the daughter of George and Fern Foss, who later moved to Fairfax, Vt., to help operate the family dairy farm on Fairfax Plains. Aleita graduated from BFA Fairfax with the class of 1926.


After graduating from Burlington Business College, she worked as a secretary for a short time, and then married Donald Chapman of Williston, Vt., in 1928. They lived in the Burlington area until World War II, when Donald found a more lucrative and patriotic employment with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn. Shortly thereafter they moved to Plainville, Conn. Later, Donald became a well-known plumbing and heating contractor in the Plainville area. He passed away in 1976.

Aleita was an active member of the Plainville Methodist Church, and also the Order of the Eastern Star. She had a great sense of humor, a pleasant personality, and was loved by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, Aleita was predeceased by her brother, Alton, and a sister, Reba Sheltra; also her daughter, Carol Wazorko, in 2013. She is survived by two sons, Robert Chapman, and his wife, Suzanne, of Buzzards Bay, Mass., Donald Chapman, Jr., and his wife, Susan, of Belleville, Penn., and son-in-law, Bruce Wazorko, of Bristol, Conn. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.