Charlotte May Brown Joworski


OREGON – Charlotte May Brown Joworski, 98, lifelong Oregon resident, died Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris. Born May 4, 1920 on the Price Farm, south of Mt. Morris in Pine Creek Township, the fourth and last child to Elmer Walton and Ruth Marie Brown.

Her parents, Elmer and Ruth, and her three older siblings moved from Frederick, Maryland to Illinois in 1917, farming first on the Price Farm in Mt. Morris, then on the Bacon Farm off Pines Road near Oregon. During the summers, relatives from out east would come to stay with the family in Illinois. Charlotte studied piano as a young girl and was a member of the Oregon United Methodist Church. In May of 1933, she and Donald Reed were crowned May King and Queen of the sixth grade. Her mother crafted a dress from crepe paper. She attended the 1933 World's Fair with her father, driving from Oregon to Chicago.

She attended country school and graduated from Oregon High School in 1938, the first class to graduate from the new high school. She attended beauty college in Dixon after high school and was proprietor of her own salon above the National Clothing House in Oregon in the 1940's. She married Stanley Thomas Joworski in 1942 and was married 43 years prior to his passing in 1984. She and Stan had antique shops in Oregon during the 1960's and '70's. They raised seven children together. She was a self-taught artist, painting landscapes, flowers and animals in oils. Charlotte was well-known for her beautiful handmade braided rugs and refinished furniture. She and Stan planted a large garden each spring, canning the produce.

Charlotte was very patriotic and loved flying the American flag. She was an election judge in Oregon for over 20 years, working the local elections. She was a member of the La Grange-La Portage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her ancestral patriot John Wolfe, through her father's lineage, served in the Revolutionary War. Her great grandfather, Augustus Conrad, served in the Civil War.

Survived by daughters, Patricia Joworski of Brookfield, Gael (William) Briley of Amherstview, Toronto, Canada and Rebecca (Ricardo) Cortez of La Grange Park; sons, John Joworski of Oregon and James (Linda) Joworski of Geneva; grandchildren, Jennifer (Randy) Diehl of Dixon, Adam and Tyler Joworski of San Diego and El Cajon, Calif., Kipp and Carlos Cortez of Glendale Heights and River Forest and Teresa (Nick) Jordan of Palatine; and great grandchildren, Alyssa (Ryan) Mairs of Dixon and William and Elanor Jordan of Palatine.

Predeceased by her parents; husband, Stanley; daughter, Mary Ruth Martin; son, Thomas Edward Joworski; brother, James Brown; and sisters, Catherine Davis and Evelyn Smith.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at noon. Pastor Rodney Caldwell, Chaplain of Pinecrest Manor officiated. Memorials to Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris where she had lived since 2015. A special thank you to The Terrace Staff of Pinecrest who so lovingly took care of Charlotte these past years, and to all her friends and family who came to visit her over the years.