Elizabeth Chesonis, 85, SSA worker

October 01, 2005

Elizabeth Chesonis, a homemaker and former Social Security Administration worker, died of cancer Sept. 24 at a hospice in Loveland, Colo. The former longtime Original Northwood resident was 85.

Born Elizabeth Novozinsky in Dadofalwa, Czechoslovakia, she traveled with her mother in 1920 as steerage passengers aboard the SS Lafayette, arriving at Ellis Island in New York Harbor. After living in eastern Pennsylvania for several years, they moved to Curtis Bay in the early 1930s.

Educated in city public schools, she worked at the SSA's downtown headquarters and then in the Candler Building in the 1940s.

In 1949, she married Frank Chesonis, a brick mason and builder, and settled in Original Northwood. He died in a 1970 construction accident.

Mrs. Chesonis, who has lived in Fort Collins, Colo., since 2001, was a former communicant of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church on Loch Raven Boulevard.

She was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She also enjoyed reading and caring for Tristan, her pet cockatoo.

Services are private.

Surviving are two daughters, Deborah A. Chesonis of Fort Collins and Cynthia Chesonis of Wellington, Colo.

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