Lydia Chant

June 21, 1931 ‒ October 29, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

RITTMAN: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1) Lydia Chant was full of praise, both to her Lord and to those around her.  She was a sensitive motherly figure, full of wisdom, empathy, and grace.

Lydia Chant, 86, of Mansfield passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Rittman Apostolic Christian Home.

The daughter of Steven and Susana (Michel) Maraz, Lydia was born June 21, 1931 in Santo Andre, Brazil.  On February 26, 1949 she married Jacob Chant.  Lydia moved to America in 1959 and in 1965 moved to Mansfield.

She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church on Illinois Avenue where she actively served the Lord and her congregation.  Focusing specifically on scripture or studying devotionals, Lydia read the Lord’s word daily.

When cooking with Lydia, her first instructions would always be, “first you wash your hands.”  Her recipes were measured by the pinch and spoonful, creating flavorful meals and desserts that were nearly impossible to duplicate.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, Jacob Chant of Mansfield; daughters Yvonne Chant (Justin Russell) of Mansfield, Jeanette (Nick) Pentsa of Fresno, California and son Oswald Chant; granddaughter Angela (Tim) Zarkovacki of Wadsworth; seven great grandchildren Alex, Rebekah, Heidi, Evelyn, Katelyn, Ryan, and Lydia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by five siblings.

The Chant family will receive friends, Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes.  Funeral services will begin at 10 am, Saturday, in the Apostolic Christian Church, 84 Illinois Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44905.  Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In Lydia’s memory, memorial contributions to HarvestCall (please make checks payable to: Apostolic Christian Church) may be made through the funeral home.

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  • She was a lovely, sweet woman, not to mention funny! Her hugs and smiles were warm and inviting. She gave me words of encouragement and reminded me of how much God loves me. I love you, Lydia. Till we meet again in heaven.

  • No matter how long or how short it had been since I saw her last, she was always so excited and happy to see me! She was full of God’s love and always happy inspite of her circumstances. We will always remember and cherish you, Lydia and look forward to our reunion in Heaven!

  • She was a very dear sister. Always a good friend to my mom at camp. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dearest family.. deep Sympathy on the passing of Lydia.
    We have lost another MOM. She was always kind, loved you all, and loved her Lord.
    When the Chant Family 1st came to Mansfield, I remember she and my Mom, were instant “buddies !” this is amazing, my Mom is now gone 30 years-almost to the day of your Mom passing… still buddies.
    Lydia was always cheerful, even in many years of pain, a giving person, and great example of how to spread the love that God put in her heart ,to all she ever came in contact. love and comfort to all, especially Jake.
    may God carry you all in these days

  • Sweet Sister Lydia was a tiny bundle of sheer joy! Her life was a reflection of God’s love to her family and her extended church family. She was quite precious. With loving thoughts and prayers to dear brother Jake and all of the family. Love you all.