WELLSVILLE - Adelaide McClure Wightman, 96, formerly of 204 E. Pearl St., passed away Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.
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Born Sept. 17, 1916, in Salamanca, she was the youngest of nine children born to Oscar and Minnie Shearer McClure. On March 29, 1941, she married Walter ""Red"" Wightman, who predeceased her Dec. 31, 2005.
Adelaide moved to Olean at age 1, when her mother passed away, to live with her grandmother. She graduated from Olean High School in 1934. She began working her senior year of high school as a part-time secretary for the high school principal. From 1936 to 1946, Adelaide worked for J.D. Dickson Attorney in Wellsville as his secretary. In 1946, she began working part time as a secretary at the Wellsville High School until 1964. In 1964, she began working at Jones Memorial Hospital as the administrative assistant to the hospital administrator. During her 18 years at Jones Memorial, she worked under five different administrators until her retirement May 1, 1982.
Adelaide was a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville and was involved with the Lutheran Ladies Aid and the Alter Guild. Along with her husband, Walter, she square danced with the Grand Squares.
She is survived by a son, Mark Wightman of Blairsville, Ga.; a daughter, Nancy (James) Thomas of Wellsville; a son-in-law, Carlton Bledsoe of Wellsville; eight grandchildren, Tammy, Kim, Brad, Kelly, Heidi, Brian, Amanda and Tara; 10 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Norma Mae Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.
Adelaide was predeceased by her daughter, Marlene Bledsoe, on Dec. 23, 2010.
Friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12, 2012) at the First Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Robert Morris will preside.
Memorials may be made to Jones Memorial Hospital or to the First Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Nov. 9, 2012