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Dr. Vera Chalfant

Dr. Vera L. Chalfant

Friday, July 1st, 1927 - Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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Dr. Vera L. Chalfant, 92

Dr. Vera L. Chalfant, 92 of Ashland passed away Sunday morning, May 17, 2020 at Ohio Living-Dorothy Love Nursing Center in Sidney, Ohio.

She was born on July 1, 1927 in Ashland the daughter of the late Dr. Eldred L. and Vera L. (nee Smalley) Clem.

Vera graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1945. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Flora Stone Mather College in 1949. She married the love of her life, Henry C. Chalfant on August 9, 1953.
She graduated from Western Reserve University School of Medicine, class of 1954 with her doctorate of medicine, along with her husband.

Following their residency, in 1959 the couple would call Ashland home, where both Vera and Henry would join her father in practice, the late Dr. Eldred Clem.

Vera, a pediatrician and Ashland’s first female physician, cared for more than several thousand patients in her 47 years and retired in 2001 at the age of 73. Throughout her life, Vera was an accomplished musician playing the harp for many years.

She was a devoted member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she sang in the choir.
Vera is survived by three sons, Dr. John (Carole) Chalfant of Coal Center, Pennsylvania, Wayne Chalfant of Sidney, Ohio and Dr. Marshall (Christine) Chalfant of Massillon; and seven grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Vera is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years of marriage, Dr. Henry Chalfant; one brother, Eldred L. Clem; and one sister, Sheila Wies.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 1425 King Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805 with Pastor Rich Pate officiating. Interment will be in Maple Creek Cemetery in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Friends may visit with the family following the service until 4:00 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1425 King Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

For those who may not be able to attend, online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at

Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    First Christian Church
    1425 King Road
    ASHLAND, OH 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 2:00pm
    First Christian Church
    1425 King Road
    ASHLAND, OH 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Rich Pate
  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 1:00pm
    Maple Creek Cemetery
    157 Cooper Road
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Lisa Kerr

Posted at 01:30pm
I knew Vera for the last few years she lived in Ashland before moving to Sidney. Vera was so kind. She always enjoyed talking about her cat and her boys. As a professional myself, I admired her for her success as a doctor during a time when becoming a doctor was rare for a woman. I thanked her for being a trailblazer for women. She smiled gently as though she may have never perceived herself as such before. But women like her are truly legends, in my opinion, for the work they did quietly changing the ability for women who came after them to succeed in various careers that historically may have been off limits. While I have only met one of Vera and Henry's three sons, I know that her kindred spirit is also in him... Wayne. Vera, you will always hold a special place in my heart. I have no doubt that heaven's gates were wide open when you arrived.
In fond memory,
Lisa Kerr

Tony Barrett

Posted at 10:20am
Our beloved neighbor of 18 years leaves us to meet Henry. She and Henry were our doctors, she was like a Granny to our daughters through-out our years In Ashland. Fond memories will be carried forward. The semi-annual cards of good wishes, "cat-sitting", gardening, working our yards together, and of course the stories of The Farm and The Boys she was so proud of.
RIP in peace and thank you for being a friend and doctor. Tony & Doris Barrett, Catherine Barrett, Phoenix Becky (Barrett) Peterson Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Carol L. Hale

Posted at 08:40am
My Thoughts and Prayers are with Vera's family! Have known them since 1983 when we moved to Ashland, my husband was the Minister at First Christian Church! They were wonderful friends and our family Doctors as well! God Bless you all and know that many are sharing in your loss!! Carol Hale

Jane Ringler Posted at 11:07pm

47 years ago today, our oldest daughter was born. Being a first time mother, I wasn't sure why she cried so much and seemed to be in pain. After a few months of this and some strange advise from others. I made an appointment , with Dr Vera. She suggested changing our daughters formula and in 3 days I had a different baby. She started cooing and smiling, in just 3 days time. I've told this story to other people and always felt so grateful for Dr. Vera's help. My mother also, often spoke of the good doctor Clem , Vera's father. She and Henry often shopped at Home Hardware , where I worked. They always seemed excited about their garden. They seemed like a close couple and servant helpers to many. Sincerely and with sympathy, Jane Miller Ringler

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