News Obituary of Elinor Brezik
- News Obituary of Elinor Brezik
Houston Chronicle Online
30 May 2004
Elinor Brezik, former `Miss Classified'
By JASON SPENCER
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
Elinor Brezik never answered the Chronicle classified department telephones,
and she never cashed a paycheck from the company.
But for several years in the late 1920s and early 30s, her face was the one
Chronicle readers knew as "Miss Classified" in regularly featured newspaper
She was working in the downtown Foley's shoe department when a Chronicle
representative came looking for a young woman to pose as a Chronicle
"Supposedly, a lot of nice-looking women worked there, and she was selected
to be Miss Classified," said Brezik's niece, Frances Allday. "She said they
did several photo sessions with her sitting at the desk. They put this tie
on her and in those days, this was the way women in the work force looked.
Women were just breaking into the business world."
Over the years, the Chronicle regularly updated the Miss Classified
advertisements with photos of other women. Brezik moved back to her
birthplace, Hallettsville, in 1983.
Around that time, one of her brothers wrote a letter to the newspaper
pointing out that Brezik was never paid for her modeling work. From then on,
she received free newspapers in Hallettsville, Allday said.
As a youngster, Brezik dreamed of being a fashion designer, but she had to
find a job when her father lost his money in a real estate investment during
the Depression, said her brother, the Rev. Victor Brezik.
"He lost his shirt in that, and so our family and my oldest brothers had to
quit school and go to work," said Brezik, a retired philosophy professor at
St. Thomas University.
Although life's circumstances never allowed her fashion career to expand
beyond the Foley's shoe department, Elinor Brezik's love of fashion never
faded, her niece said.
"She always looked elegant," Allday said. A rosary is scheduled for 7:30
p.m. Monday at the Heights Funeral Home, 1317 Heights. Funeral Mass will be
celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church, 215 E. 10th.
Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 3502 N. Main.
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