Adelaide D. Vernon
1918 - 2016
1918-2016 Adelaide D. Vernon lived most of her life in New York and passed away peacefully at home in Brookhaven, PA on March 5, 2016 where she lived for the past eight years. Born in New York City in 1918, Adelaide Hoagland Vernon was the daughter of Lucy Sullivan Hoagland and Arthur William Hoagland. Adelaide has been referred to as the “Bohemian” aunt having traveled extensively and experiencing a myriad of adventures. Adelaide was first and foremost a ballerina. Premier dancer of Ballet Chaffee and then became Ballet Mistress of the company which earned the Palms de Academies from France for their preservation and promotion of classic French Ballet. She taught class until the age of 89 at Ripley-Grier Studios in New York, earning the Lifetime Teacher’s Appreciation Award. Adelaide’s fondest memory was of traveling with the Barnum and Bailey Circus as choreographer. Her circus friend Sonny knew “where every church was and at what time Mass was said” in every town they performed. Adelaide’s sustenance, however, came from being the sole assistant to Dr. Rindge, curator of Lepidoptera at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Adelaide catalogued and displayed one of the largest collections of butterflies and moths in the world – a collection of over 3.5 million specimens. She retired at the age of 84, after 42 years of service, since she thought that you should retire to something - not from something. Adelaide expressed that the Museum fed her and warmed her home but ballet fed and warmed her heart! Adelaide is predeceased by her sisters Sr. Mary Arthur Hoagland, IHM and Lorraine Miller. Survivors: She is survived by her nephews, Robert (godson) Craig (Anne), Mark (Betty Ann) Kurt (Cindy), Chris (Gerry), 7 great nephews, 6 great nieces, 6 great-great nieces and 3 great-great nephews. Viewing: Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing from 11:00 to 11:45 at Our Lady of Charity Church, 231 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA.. Funeral Mass: 12:00 Noon on Saturday Interment: Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa Donations: In lieu of flowers, donations to Main Line Health Home Care & Hospice Foundation, 240 North Radnor Chester Road, Suite 100, Radnor, PA 19087 would be greatly appreciated. Condolences can be made at
Published by The Daily Times from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2016.
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Our Lady of Charity Church
231 Upland Road, Brookhaven, PA
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Our condolences go to the Miller family. Your Aunt Adelaide's obituary was well written. She certainly seized life and conquered goals. We will hold you up in prayer as you go through this difficult time. Much love, Doug and Mary Donaldson
Mary Donaldson
March 8, 2016
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