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Elizabeth Balter

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    - Seth Joseph
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BALTER, ELIZABETH, 87, died October 2nd at her residence: 2751 NE 183rd Street, Aventura FL. Born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 18, 1925, Elizabeth (Betty) was the daughter of the late Samuel and Freda Joseph. She graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford in 1943 and entered Boston University, graduating in 1947 with a degree in business administration. While at Boston University, she met the late Harold Chesky, married him in 1944, and moved to Lynn, Masachusetts. In 1956, Betty and her husband moved to Miami Beach. In 1962, she started teaching at Nautilus Junior High School in Miami Beach where she remained for three decades. She also attained a graduate degree in education in 1962 from the University of Hartford. In 1966, she married the late David Balter. Betty was a most popular and honored teacher at Nautilus, receiving the Teacher of the Year Award in 1975. Devoted to teaching even after her retirement in 1991, she continued working until 2008 as a substitute teacher at DASH, one of the renowned magnet high schools in Miami-Dade County. She also taught summer school at Miami Beach High School. She was especially proud of her four children who survive her. These are Dr. Jeffrey Chesky (wife Annette) of Springfield IL, David Chesky (wife Patricia) of New York, Norman Chesky (partner Susanne Caudle) of New York, and her daughter Doralee Chesky of Miami Shores. Betty is also survived by three grandchildren: Barry Chesky of Cockeysville, MD, Lucca Chesky and Paloma Chesky of New York. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, and two older brothers: Marvin and Jack Joseph. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, October 6 at Riverside-Gordon at Mt. Nebo, 5900 SW 77th Avenue, Miami. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Williams Syndrome Foundation (

Published in Miami Herald on Oct. 4, 2013
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