Ellen Forsythe Chelava
June 19, 1942 – January 9, 2020
Ellen Forsythe Chelava died January 9, 2020 in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was born June 19, 1942 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to the late Katherine Dowling and Clyde Forsythe. She was predeceased by her first husband, Thomas Pollard, and her second husband, Victor Chelava. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Scott Chelava and Dawn Blasier of Largo, Florida, her sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Peter Fishburn of Racine, Wisconsin, and nieces Katherine Fishburn Miller and her husband Dan of Racine, Sally Fishburn and her wife, Susannah Morlock of Danville, Vermont, and Susan Fishburn and her husband, Steven DeLuca of Englewood, Florida.
After graduating from East McKeesport High School in 1960, Ellen attended the Boroughs Business School in Pittsburgh. She subsequently worked as an administrative assistant at Parker-Hannifin Corporation in Cleveland before moving in 1988 to Glendale, California where she became the office manager of a NatWest Bank in Los Angeles. In 1997 she moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where she worked for the West Market Street Methodist Church and later, at Replacements Limited. She retired in 2004.
Ellen was an active member of the Chardon, Ohio, United Church of Christ where she was a deacon. After moving to Greensboro she served as a deacon and elder at the Sedgefield Presbyterian Church. She had many friends and co-workers at her church as well as her “coffee girl” friends. She was a life-long friend of animals who was devoted to her pets. She was a loving, thoughtful and entertaining mother, sister and aunt who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A Service to Celebrate Ellen’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 18, 2020 at Sedgefield Presbyterian Church officiated by Pastor Kim Priddy. The family will receive friends following the service.
Contributions in Ellen’s memory can be made to Sedgefield Presbyterian Church 4216 Wayne Rd Greensboro NC 27407
Sedgefield Presbyterian Church
4216 Wayne Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27407
- Celebration of Life Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
- Visitation will follow the service
Ellen Forsythe Chelava
January 18, 2020
Dear Scott and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your Mother, Scott. Many will miss her family, friends, church friends near and far. Especially her quick wit and twinkle in her eye. And especially Cindy and Queenie will miss her a lot.
My memories of Ellen are delightful. I met Ellen when she first moved to Racine. We attended Bible Study, often sitting together with her sister Janet for church I enjoyed a movie with herself and enjoyed eating afterward. She helped to plan and enjoy an 1 birthday party for me at her sister Janet's home. Kathy her niece's artistic skills helped with it too. One of the ballons she bought escaped into the clouds floating away. We were sad when Ellen said she was planning to move back to Greensboro. We knew we would greatly miss her and her wonderful sense of humor. Both Ellen and Cindy did not like the cold weather in WI. We missed her when they left WI but knew it was what she wanted. We miss her even more now. Her/our beliefs speak to her loss!
January 17, 2020
To put into words my feelings and thoughts of Ellen would take a novel for me to write. Her sudden passing was a shock and left a hole in my heart that will never heal. She was not only my best friend but also a confidant. I will cherish the 19 years that I have known Ellen and our adventures that we went on, eating out, thrift store shopping, antiquing, movies, working together, talks on the phone, concerts, holiday gatherings just to name a few. Ellen was a very strong lady and I admired her strength. She would give of herself and never expecting anything in return. She loved her church, coffee friends and her Saturday nights eating out with friends. I am definitely a better person for knowing her and I will remember her as long as I live. I loved this lady more than anyone knows. I will truly miss her and feel blessed in knowing this lovely woman.
To Scott, Dawn, Cindy, Smokey, Ellen's sister, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and other family members I send out my heartfelt prayers and condolences to each and every one of you. She may be gone but never forgotten. May you now rest in peace my dear and knowing you will always be an honor. Greg Anderson
January 11, 2020
Ellen was a prolific reader and we loved having her in book club. I will miss her incite and humor, her strength and tenacity.
We have shared much laughter in our time together and our experience of Racine was a joyful adventure.