Adeline "Addie" Roberto Michalek, 90, of Dunmore, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 8, 2013.
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She was the daughter of the late Maria Angela and Antonio Roberto and the wife of the late Anthony Michalek, who died in 1985. She lived in Dunmore all but the last 1½ years of her life. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1941. In her younger years, she worked at St. Joseph's Center taking care of babies, a job she took great pride in. She also worked in the Dunmore Elementary School cafeteria for several years as well as for the American Red Cross.
Addie spent her entire life helping others through various organizations and charities. She was always entertaining and singing any chance she could. She often told how as a young girl of 7 she was onstage singing "The Glory of Love," and she still sang that song as well as many others until her final days. She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony's Church, a singer in its choir and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.
Volunteerism was her passion of which she devoted her life. She was the founder of Franklin School PTA. She was a founder of the Sherwood Youth Association Ladies Auxiliary and continued to be involved in the playground well into her 80s. Each year for Halloween, she led the children's parade through the neighborhood and she was always dressed in full costume. She spent many years helping the playground and was instrumental in the formation of Miss-E League softball in Dunmore. She was a member of Dunmore Women's Club as well as the Dunmore Centennial Committee. Addie was a Red Hatter, she volunteered for the Blind Association and the American Red Cross. When she was in her 60s, she was host to foreign exchange students from Italy and formed a lifetime bond with them.
Many referred to Addie as the unofficial photographer of Dunmore. She always had her camera ready for any event or meeting and was reported to take more than 5,000 pictures — but her family would tell you it was much more. Addie was a Northeast Woman as well as an activist for the rights of senior citizens, often traveling to Harrisburg to speak on their behalf. She founded the Dunmore 50 Plus club and served as its president for 24 years.
Addie was a founder and lifetime honorary member of Dunmore Senior Center. She served on its Board of Directors for many years and was an active participant in its musical productions; she would openly admit that she was a ham.
She recently resided at the Willowbrook in Clarks Summit, and she continued to stay active while there. She became the Activities Director's "sidekick" and enjoyed her involement.
Addie was never judgmental of others and always tried to see the good in people. She beamed with pride when speaking of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was especially proud to hear about any talents they had or any acts of charity they did. She had a deep faith and prayed the rosary often.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Albert, Vincent and Rudolph; and sisters, Phyllis and Gemma.
She is survived by her sons, Michael and wife, Lisa, Pittsford, N.Y.; Mark and wife, Marie, Lake Ariel; Matthew and wife, Christina, Orefield; and daughter, Marlene and husband, Frank Gianzanti, Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Danielle Hernandez, Arianne Aughey, Shannon Spak, Shawn Michalek, Jason Michalek, Christiana Gianzanti, Paolo Gianzanti, Marshall Bean, Anthony Michalek and Elizabeth Michalek, Dana Verone and Christian Fidura; numerous great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In honor of the way Addie lived her life, a donation can be made to the donor's favorite charity.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, Smith Street, Dunmore. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.DunmoreFuneral Home.com
Carlucci Golden DeSantis Funeral Home
318 East Drinker Street
Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 9, 2013