Joan Bennett Titus Chew, who \npassed away peacefully in her home Tuesday, \nSeptember 7, 2021, was a tireless public servant, \nboon to the community and loyal friend. \n\nMrs. Chew, who was born October 22, 1929, was the \ndaughter of Frank Calvin Titus and Mary Venetta \nHeadland Titus. \n\n\nShe was a former Butler County commissioner, Butler \nCounty treasurer and Butler City treasurer. \n\nMrs. Chew is survived by great-nephews Robert H. \nTitus, Jr. and his wife Lindsey of Wilton, NH, and \nWill Titus of New Rochelle, NY; her nephew's wife \nIlene Titus of Southborough, MA; and great \ngreat-nieces Savannah and Delilah. \n\nShe was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles \nT. Chew, an attorney, and former Butler County \ncommissioner who died February 9, 1977, and Dr. \nOrvan "Van" B. Peterson, who died September 14, \n2013, whom she married on March 21, 1986. Mrs. Chew \nalso was preceded in death by her brother, William \nS. Titus; and nephews, William B. Titus and Robert \nH. Titus. \n\nAfter earning a bachelor's degree in education, she \nobtained a teaching certificate from the State \nTeacher's College in Slippery Rock in June 1951 and \nbecame a teacher at Butler Area Elementary school.\n\n\nMrs. Chew later became Butler City treasurer, \nserving from 1980-1983. She then served as Butler \nCounty treasurer from 1984-1999 and Butler County \ncommissioner from 2000-2002. \n\nShe also was a Slippery Rock University Trustee from \n1984-1995 and a member of the Butler County \nCommunity College Board of Trustees from 1977-1983, \nas ex officio from January 2000-2002 and serving a \nsecond stint from 2003-2016. \n\nMrs. Chew served on the Butler County Community \nCollege Foundation Board from 2003-2014 and the \nEllen O'Brien Gaiser Center Advisory Board for two \nstints before becoming board member emeritus. She \nalso was a board member for the American Cancer \nSociety from 1990-1993; Butler Health System from \n2003-2004; and Butler Health System Foundation from \n2001-2003. \n\nMrs. Chew was a Republican state committee woman for \nmultiple terms and a Butler City Ward committee \nwoman for multiple terms with the last ending in \n2019. \n\nShe was a senior volunteer for Butler County \nVeterans Services, entering data on service men's \nand women's records for conversion to a new system \nin 2017. \n\nHer interests were politics, gardening, all things \nfound in nature, traveling, visiting wineries, and \nher love of animals from her pet pony as a child to \nher Pekinese puppy Tao, to her cats and constant \ncompanions K-K and Stray. \n\nAt a young age, she learned the power of compound \ninterest and became an astute and lifelong investor \nin the stock market, encouraging others to invest \nwisely. \n\nShe was a powerhouse in Butler County political \ncircles for decades. Her first political campaign \nwas handing out flowers on the South Side viaduct as \na young girl for her grandfather, who was a \nphysician elected Butler County coroner in the \n1930s. \n\nMrs. Chew served as Butler City treasurer followed \nby Butler County treasurer for 16 years. She proved \nto be a worthy and fierce opponent in every campaign \nshe ran. She has the distinction of being the first \nfemale county commissioner elected in Butler County \nover the course of its 200-year history in 2000. \n\nHer political acumen and knowledge of campaigning \nwas unmatched and sought out by many candidates \nthroughout her years in politics. Mrs. Chew chaired \npolitical campaigns for judges, state legislators, \nU.S. senators and congressmen. Two of her proudest \ndistinctions were serving as Butler County \ncoordinator for Senator John Heinz in 1976 and \ncampaigning for then PA Supreme Court candidate \nSandra Schultz Newman in 1996 who was the first \nwoman justice to be elected to the PA Supreme Court, \nthe oldest Court in the nation. Mrs. Chew \nfinancially supported all those candidates she \nbelieved in and worked tirelessly for any candidate \nwho would best serve the public's interests in her \ncounty, state, and country. \n\nMrs. Chew was a philanthropist and gave much support \nto her beloved Butler County community, both in \nmoney and through volunteerism. \n\nFormer colleague and dear friend Diane Marburger was \nentrusted by Mrs. Chew to administer and handle of \nher personal affairs after the passing of her second \nhusband. Mrs. Chew's wish was to pass in the comfort \nof the home at 216 Center Ave where she was born \njust 2 days before the Great Crash of 1929. Mrs. \nChew's family and friends wish to thank those who \nhelped fulfill Joan's wish. A special thank you to \ncaregiver Lori Turner who coordinated Mrs. Chew's \ncare, along with Darlene Covert, Mackenzie \nO'Donnell, Twila Timblin, Linda Cyprian and the VNA \nButler, Hospice Care. A heartfelt thank you to her \ndear friend Sue Haggerty who was a devoted and \ncaring friend calling Joan nightly, just to chat \nabout all the day's current events.\n\nMrs. Chew may have been small in stature, but her \ninfluence and impact on her beloved Butler County \ncommunity was profound and touched many people's \nlives. She will be sadly missed. \n\nA memorial service will be held on Saturday, October \n23, 2021, 10:00 am at the First United Methodist \nChurch, 200 East North Street Butler, PA, with \nReverend David Janz, officiating.\n\nArrangements were entrusted to Thompson-Miller \nFuneral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, \nPA 16001.