Dr. Adalberto J. Pinelo, 69, of Wilder, passed away on Saturday, September 7th at St. Elizabeth Hospice, Edgewood, KY. He was a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northern Kentucky University, an institution he had served since 1972. Dr. Pinelo was a native of Cuba and arrived in the United States as a political refugee at age 17 with neither money nor a command of English. Through hard work and perseverance, he pursued higher education, first at Kendall College and then at Lake Forest College, and eventually earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to teaching, he was a successful university administrator, published author, Fulbright scholar, and community volunteer. Dr. Pinelo was first and foremost a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adalberto A. & Josefa Pinelo. Dr. Pinelo is survived by his wife of 46 years, Katherine Pinelo of Wilder, KY; sons, Gregory (Susan) Pinelo of Bethesda, MD, and Christopher (Tasha) Pinelo of Ft. Thomas, KY; daughter, Marcella (Robert) Dale of Ft. Thomas, KY; brother, Armando (Polly) Pinelo of Florida, and four grandchildren: Robert & Emerson Dale and Antonio & Sophie Smith-Pinelo. Visitation 12:30-1:30 pm, with the funeral ceremony to follow at 1:30 pm, Wednesday, September 11th at Highland United Methodist Church, Ft. Thomas, KY. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, KY. Memorials are suggested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Grand Central Station PO Box 4777 NY, NY 10163-477; Highland United Methodist Church 406 N Ft Thomas Avenue Ft Thomas, KY 41075; or Mearns/Proud Family Endowment Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY 41099. Online condolences can be given at www.dmefuneral.com. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Homes serving the family.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sept. 10, 2013