1913 - 2009
Do you want to know a secret to a long life? Evelyn Chebowski often said, “The key to a long life is a positive attitude … and a lack of gossip!”
Mrs. Chebowski, a resident of Pine since 1992, died March 16, 2009 in Payson. She was born Evelyn Lillian Schuman on July 20, 1913 in Detroit, Mich. to Edward A Schuman and Ella Zink. She was married to the late Theodore Chebowski for 56 years.
She is survived by her brother Earl Schuman, daughter Lou Chebowski, son Larry Chebowski, and grandchildren Suzy Sholar and Ivan Erickson. She also leaves behind two great-grandsons, nephews, nieces, and many in-laws.
Mrs. Chebowski was an alumna of Lincoln High School in Michigan. She was a member of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Payson.
Mrs. Chebowski owned and operated grocery stores in Michigan and Phoenix. She also turned her home into a boarding house to support soldiers during World War II.
Most of her working life was spent with Motorola, which hired her in its early years in Arizona. She was its first female electrical technician and also the first woman the company sent on the road. She retired in 1977 after 27 years of service.
She was easy-going, friendly and relaxed. She enjoyed square dancing, handiwork, domestic duties, Kiwanis, church, gambling, and a healthy dose of Budweiser.
Over the years, Mrs. Chebowski was a frequent guest of the Tonto Apache Tribe, enjoying bingo and slot machines at the Mazatzal Casino. She also had several standing engagements each week for assorted card games — canasta, Pinochle, cribbage, and rummy were some of her favorites. She also kept a pristine yard, garden, and home. More recently, she took advantage of the Arizona State Library Talking Book Division.
To celebrate her life, donations in the name of Evelyn Chebowski may be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541 or American Printing House for the Blind, P.O. Box 6389, Louisville, KY 40206.