Brown, Alexandra 95, of Plano, formerly of Oswego, was called by the Lord on Friday, November 22, 2013. She was born October 1, 1918 to the late Gus and Argiro Hatzidakis of Crete, Greece. Her parents were visiting relatives in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania when Alexandra was born. She was the oldest of 7 children. At the age of 2, she and her parents returned to Crete. In 1946 Alexandra returned to the United States. She married Manuel "Mike" Brown who had emigrated in 1913 from Crete to the United States. Together they raised 5 children. Mike and Alexandra owned and operated gas stations in Naperville and Aurora areas. Each day Alexandra would cook homemade Greek dishes for his lunch and deliver them to the gas station. It was not uncommon to see Alexandra helping out by pumping gas and attending to their customers. In 1962, she worked at Riverdale Coat Company until her retirement in 1983. Alexandra was an excellent cook of Greek cuisine and pastries. She so much enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting and needlepoint. Alexandra was one of the founding members of the St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox church in Aurora, in 1966. Alexandra is survived by her loving children, Manuel Brown Jr. of Somonauk, Michael (Linda) Brown of Mission Viejo, CA, Gusty Brown of Plano, George Brown of Yorkville, and Christine (Steve Brackett) Freeland of Big Rock IL; her grandchildren, Kristine (Ron) Underwood, Doug (Laura) Brown, Emilie Brown, Noel, Michael (Melissa), and Lindsay Brown, Brittani, Ryan and Jessica Freeland; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Ellis Brown, Jayda Freeland and Connor Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel; and her grandchildren, Stephanie Brown and Kari Clawson. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., with the Trisagion service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013 at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 E. Fifth Ave., Aurora, IL. Interment will be at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Alexandra's name to St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 E. Fifth Ave., Aurora, IL 60504. For further information, please call 630-466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
Published in Beacon News on Nov. 24, 2013