Elizabeth Jane Brookhart, 83, of Hudson OH, made her transition on March 18 surrounded by family at the Stow-Glen Retirement Village, Stow OH where she lived after having a heart attack 9 years ago. Elizabeth was born in Columbus, Kansas in 1933 to Harry Carter and Mary Katherine Helmick Brookhart. Her grandfather Dr. Harry Hubbard Brookhart, a well-known physician in Cherokee County KS, brought her into the world.
She grew up in Chanute Kansas and graduated salutatorian from Chanute High School in 1951. Her grandparents Parks and Jane Helmick were long-time residents of Chanute, where Mr. Helmick and Herbert and Wilfred Cavaness formed a partnership to publish the Chanute Tribune in 1905.
Elizabeth is survived by sister Barbara Brookhart of Tucson AZ; brother Jack (Judy) of Hudson OH; niece Melissa Beyer (Steven) and their children Max and Matilda of New York City; nephew John Carter Brookhart (Cleo) and their children Lia, Arial, Ian and Gabriel of Hong Kong; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Robert John Brookhart.
After high school Elizabeth attended Baker University, Baldwin City KS, and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, graduating with a BA in English. She worked for Princeton University Alumni Association, the Kansas City Police Department's Community Affairs where she edited their newsletter The Baton, and the KU Alumni Association as an assistant editor of the University of Kansas Alumni Magazine.
In 1962 Elizabeth moved to San Francisco where she worked for Foster & Kleiser Outdoor Advertising (later acquired by Clear Channel Outdoor) for several years. She then worked for Municipal Court Judge Fitzgerald Ames before going to work at the School of Education at San Francisco State College. She worked for the Consortium, a special teaching project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. In 1989, she moved to New York City to be close to her sister, and worked for Nielson Media until her retirement. She then worked part-time at the Brooklyn Board of Elections.
The joy and passions of her life were her family, wonderful friends, good food, The Temple of the Presence church community based in Tucson AZ and the study of its teachings, and more recently reading books on the history of our Founding Fathers.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Chanute in June. The family would like to thank the dedicated and loving caregivers at Stow-Glen Retirement Village and Great Lakes Caring Hospice for their tender support.
Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Hudson, Ohio www.johnsonromito.com
(Johnson-Romito Funeral Home (330) 650-4181 HH 3-22-17)