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Adele Bockstedt


1919 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Adele Bockstedt Obituary
A woman of intellect, adventure, and passion, Adele Bockstedt died peacefully in Palm City, Florida in the presence of loved ones on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015. Always thoughtful, caring, and wise to those around her, Adele lived an extraordinarily full life dedicated to being a loving family member, a champion of women, and fearless traveler of the world. Adele was born to Martha and Earl Bockstedt on March 17, 1919, St. Patricks Day, earning her the lifelong nickname Pat. She graduated from Auburn Senior High School in 1936, and went on to study French at Mount Holyoke College graduating in 1940. She went on to receive her Master of Arts in French from Columbia University, and her academic achievements included earning the French Prize from the French government. Adele studied extensively in France, and continued to travel there many times throughout her life. After many years of living between countries, the fiercely independent Adele chose to reside in Brookline, Massachusetts. She served the majority of her professional career as the Chairman of the Modern Language Department at the prestigious all-girls Winsor School for twenty-eight years, which to this day ranks as one of the top preparatory schools in America. During her career, Adele published six French educational texts through Walsh J. Weston publisher, and resided on many prestigious French language committees including acting as vice president of the A.R.T.F. Boston Chapter, a reader for CEEB Advanced Placement French Committee, and serving as a member on ACTFL, NAIS, and the Modern Language Association. Adeles passion for literature and language also brought her to the Massachusetts Association for the Blind as a long term volunteer reader. Outside of her professional career, Adele loved cheering on her favorite Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots. Adele sought to understand the world through travel, and explored the world extensively throughout her life with family and friends. Some of the stamps on her passport include France, Haiti, Scandinavia, Finland, Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria, Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, West Indies, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, Fiji, China, and the Panama Canal. Adele relocated to Palm City, Florida in 2003 to be closer to her beloved late sister, Betty Jane Forgham and her nieces and nephews. Always punctual and never leaving a task undone, Adele remained more active than ever volunteering at the Garden Club of Stuart and the Sandhill Cove Social Committee. Adele is survived by her nieces and nephews, Richard J. Forgham Jr. (Lynne), Ronald E. Forgham, Earl B. Forgham (Judy), Barbara A. Parker (Edward), and Patty Forgham-Thrift, as well as her eight great nieces and nephews. A celebration of Pats life will be held on January 22, 2016 at 11AM at Sandhill Cove, 1500 SW Capri Street, Palm City, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mistys Pals/ Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave, Palm City, FL 34990.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Dec. 15 to Dec. 24, 2015
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