Chase, Russell

July 27, 2009

Rev. Russell M. Chase WINTHROP (July 28): Rev. Russell M. Chase, 90, of Winthrop, died Monday, July 27, 2009, in Winthrop. He was born June 26, 1919, in Waterville, son of Charles and Leafy (Mitchell) Chase. He attended school in Waterville and in January of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the Third Armored Division under Gen. Patton. Rev. Chase met his wife, Elizabeth Estes shortly after returning from the war. They were married Dec. 19, 1948. Russell was employed at Hollinsworth and Whitney in Winslow, where he also served as a volunteer fireman. At this time, he was a Deacon in the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Waterville. Later, he attended Boston University of Theology. His first year in the ministry, he served as interim pastor in Madison, then was pastor and served in Fairfield and Waterville. He went on to pastor in Wilton, North Jay, Strong, Kingfield, Monmouth, North Monmouth and East Monmouth, where he served for 12 years. Upon retiring, he and Elizabeth moved their home on China Lake. After retirement, he again served as pastor of the East Vassalboro United Methodist Church until 1998, when he retired again. One of Rev. Chases most beloved verses was Micah 6:8. Rev. Chase and his wife, Elizabeth moved to Winthrop in 2002, to be closer to family. Russell was predeceased by his parents; his beloved wife, Elizabeth, in 2006; two brothers, Lawrence and Arnold; and his sister, Elsie. He is survived by a son, Mark Russell Chase and his wife, Deborah, of North Carolina; sister, Christine Pooler, of Gorham; his grandchildren, Stephanie Frandsen of Monmouth, Brian Chase and his fianc, Josie Flaherty of Winthrop, Aaron Chase of Winthrop, Gabriel Chase of Waterville, Mark Russell, J. Adam Mitchell, and Deborah Elizabeth Chase, all of North Carolina; and five great-grandchildren, Stephen Cole and Bradley Arsenault, Crystal Frandsen, and Sasha and Seth Flaherty. Relatives and friends may visit 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Monmouth Center United Methodist Church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the New Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Chases family thanks the staff at Heritage Rehabilitation Center for the care he received. Condolences may be sent to the family at