January 2021

OUR CLASSMATE Marc Anteola’s wife SUSAN recently passed away at home in Houston, Texas on December 31, 2020, at the age of 72. According to the public obituary, Susan passed away after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. She became the second WHS person to die of that illness in December 2020, with our longtime classmate Stella Romero being the other one. Listed below is other information based on the public obituary.

— Susan Jean Chapman was born December 14, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, to her parents Gene and Carmelita Chapman. The parents had six other children besides Susan, who was the oldest.

— Susan was an Army brat who grew up across the U.S. and overseas until the Chapman family left West Germany and settled in Security, Colorado in 1962. After meeting at Widefield High School, Susan Chapman (Class of 1967) married Marc Anteola (Class of 1966) on December 5, 1970. [Their 50-year wedding anniversary occurred in early December 2020.]

— Susan and Marc Anteola moved to Pittsburg, California in the 1980s, started a family, and eventually moved to the northwest Houston/Cypress area in 1995. After a 30-year career as an insurance investigator and adjuster, Susan retired in 2013. In retirement, Susan and Marc joined local senior groups and loved the camaraderie they found on bus trips to Branson, Missouri and Shiner, Texas and everywhere in between.

— Susan loved to travel and looked forward to annual trips to Hawaii and frequent visits to see her family and friends in Colorado. She was blessed with the gift of gab and truly never met a stranger. She made friends everywhere she went and enjoyed staying in touch with all of them. An avid reader, Susan always kept a pile of books nearby. You could often find her up late into the night devouring mystery novels. After she retired, her love of books inspired her to volunteer at her local library. Susan had a heart for animals and over the years accepted many stray cats and dogs into her family. She was known to keep pet food in her car to feed homeless animals she would encounter along the road.

— But most of all, Susan loved her family and dedicated her life to them. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister. The oldest of seven children, Susan was caring and encouraging. She delighted in spending time with and enjoying the spontaneity of her four grandchildren, who lovingly called her “Gagy.”

— Susan was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Christopher and Michael. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Marc; daughter Marquel Anteola and her husband Matt Havlik; daughter Marisa Anteola Owen and her husband Bryson; grandchildren Amelia and Ingrid Havlik, Violet and Parker Owen; sister Karen Chapman [WHS Class of 1969]; sister Teresa Ritz and her husband Tom; brothers Steven and Dennis Chapman; sister-in-law Terry Anteola Brown and her husband Dick; sister-in-law Vicky Fleming and her husband Bob; brother-in-law Andrew Anteola; and, many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

— A Memorial Mass will be held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Houston later this January, with masks required for those in attendance. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Please join me in extending condolences to Susan’s surviving family members. To respect their privacy, their street address will not be stated in this update nor will their address be posted on our website that is accessible to anyone in the public. To view a modern photo of Susan Chapman Anteola or to express condolences to her Anteola and Chapman families via the online guest book, click the following link:


A photo of Marciano “Marc” Anteola can be found in the “A” section of the alphabetical list of senior photos that were emailed to everyone in July 2017.

Respectfully submitted,

Donnie Martínez (January 12, 2021)

Known at WHS by stepfather’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname