Elizabeth L. Chittick, 82: Nurse served military, community for over 50 years

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SCARBOROUGH — Elizabeth L. Chittick, 82, died April 4 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Chittick was born in Bangor on Dec. 29, 1932, to William E. and Leona M. (King) Laffey. She grew up in Brewer and attended local schools. Elizabeth continued her education at Boston College, graduating with a degree in nursing.

In 1954, she joined the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps. She later continued to serve her country in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps for over 30 years, retiring in 1998 at the rank of colonel. She also worked for over 20 years for the City of Portland as a public health nurse, retiring as Portland’s director of public health.

In her free time, Chittick found great joy in working in her gardens and knitting.

She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, John Chittick.

Surviving are her son, William Chittick, of Daytona Beach, Florida; son, Peter Chittick, wife Stacy and their daughter, Kaitlin, of Virginia; her twin sister, Peggy Fenlon, of Wisconsin; and two nieces, Michelle Willoughby and Julia Orecesh.

Visiting hours were held April 7 at Hobbs Funeral Home, in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Chittick’s name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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