Longtime Harford County Councilwoman Veronica “Roni” Chenowith has died, according to a colleague on the county council.
Mrs. Chenowith, who represented Fallston and Emmorton since 1994, had been battling cancer for several years.
The following information has been confirmed for Mrs. Chenowith’s services:
Visitation: Sunday March 29 and Monday March 30 from 4pm-9pm each day
Where: Mountain Christian Church, 1824 Mountain Rd., Joppa, Md. 21085
Services will be held Tuesday March 31 at 11am.
From the Harford County web site:
Harford County Council member and community leader Veronica “Roni” Chenowith died on Tuesday, March 24 after a hard fought battle with leukemia. She was 70 years old.
“Roni was a very special lady. Her passion for her community and her love of children and youth were unparalleled,” said her husband of 48 years, Joseph Chenowith. “I could not have asked for a better partner in life and business.”
Councilwoman Chenowith served on the County Council for 15 years and would have completed her fourth term in November of 2010. She was first elected in 1994 representing District B which includes communities in Fallston and Abingdon. During her tenure on the Council her insight and working knowledge of the County helped immensely through two comprehensive rezoning processes, two Master Land Use updates, and county-wide redistricting. She was instrumental in creating legislation to support Continuing Care Retirement Communities and working with the Greater Fallston Community Association to bring about changes to help with the MTBE well contamination issues.
She started her life long career of public service through her leadership in the Fallston Recreation Council and the Youth Benefit Elementary School PTA. With her husband, she co-founded Harford Little League Football at Fallston Recreation Council and was active in the lacrosse and baseball programs. Recently, County Executive David R. Craig had announced at a groundbreaking ceremony that the Fallston Recreation and Senior Center would bear her name in tribute of all she had done for the youth of this County. Until her illness, she never missed a Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor which won her the Good Scout Award in 2004. She always attended every Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony, Elementary School Patriot Program, and brought greetings and well wishes to the graduating class of Fallston High School each and every year.
Her other passions included support for the Harford County Public Library serving as the Council Liaison to the Board of Trustees and an avid supporter of the Harford Library Foundation. She was a member on the Harford Center Board, the Social Services Advisory Board, and liaison to the ARC and Harford County Chamber of Commerce.
Her work in support of the Sexual Abuse Resource Center was instrumental in securing its present day location. She was the co-founder of Harford United Charities and this year she received the Human Relations Commission Martin Luther King / Joseph Bond Good Neighbor Award.
Besides her husband, Councilwoman Chenowith is survived by a son, Joseph, Jr. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey who was always in her thoughts, prayers, and heart.
Here is her county government biography:
Veronica “Roni” Chenowith is the Council Member for District B which includes: Fallston, Upper Cross Roads and Emmorton. She was elected in 1994, and re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Councilwoman Chenowith managed the family business with her husband for more than thirty years before entering public service. She was appointed to the Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission by the Governor and served in that capacity for two four-year terms. She graduated from the Harford Leadership Academy in 1997.
As a member of the Harford County Council, Councilwoman Chenowith serves on the Harford County Library Board of Trustees, the Harford Center Board, and the Social Services Advisory Board. She is the Council Liaison to ARC and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as a member of the Council Personnel Committee. She is co-founder of Harford United Charities and serves on the Board of Directors.
Councilwoman Chenowith served on the Board of Directors of the Fallston Recreation Council. She co-founded Fallston Little League Football and was active in boys’ lacrosse and baseball. She is an honorary board member of the Harford County Boys and Girls Club.
Councilwoman Chenowith is married to Joseph and they have two sons, Joe Jr. and the late Jeffrey Chenowith.