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    News Obituary of Elinor Brezik Houston Chronicle Online 30 May 2004 Elinor Brezik, former `Miss Classified By JASON SPENCER Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
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      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
      ads.

      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
      classified employee.

      "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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