Adelene E. Barkocy

August 2, 1929October 10, 2020

Adelene “Addie” Barkocy (nee Petruce) died peacefully on October 10, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV at 91 years of age.

Addie was born on August 2, 1929 at her home in Drifton, PA to Frank Petruce and Bridget (Larker) Petruce. She was the second youngest of eight daughters (Evelyn, Nora, Veronica, Irene, Cathy, Jeanette, and Mimi), all of whom she had special bonds with throughout her life.

She attended Hazle Township High School in Hazleton, PA and graduated in 1947. Through her high school friend, Dolly, she met the love of her life, John Barkocy, Dolly’s brother. Though they quickly fell in love, it was Addie’s father’s wish that she not marry before she was 20. Respecting his wishes, she turned 20 on a Tuesday and married John the following Saturday. Moving to Delran, NJ in 1955, they bought an empty lot and proceeded to build their ‘forever’ home with their own hands (Addie had a knack for hammering the nails in crooked). Both she and her husband worked in and retired from the Riverside, NJ Post Office. Addie was one of the first women to work there.

She had many hobbies and interests throughout her life, such as square dancing with her husband and the Delran Ding-A-Lings, writing poetry, reading, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, traveling, and watching football (go EAGLES!). Anyone who knew Addie knew she had a keen wit and great sense of humor, including a decades-long joke with her family that included many flamingos. Her favorite thing though was her family, and she always put them before herself right up to her final days.

Addie was preceded in death by her father, Frank, her mother, Bridget, her husband, John, and her seven sisters.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara (Edward) Merchant, daughter Beth Barkocy, granddaughter Bridget (Greg) Saul, granddaughter Sammy (Frank) Clark, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in New Jersey in the summer of 2021; details to be announced closer to that date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Caring Place, a part of Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, who is dedicated to easing the journey for adults diagnosed with cancer, as well as for their caregivers.

You can donate through their website ( or by mailing a check to:

The Caring Place c/o Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation 3711 Sunset Road Las Vegas, NV 89120


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Michele Douglass Alfano

October 19, 2020

My dear sweet Aunt, always fun, always quick with a joke. Lived and Loved Life to the fullest.
My Mom Veronica, loved going to visit all the sisters and would spend two weeks every summer making the rounds of NJ and PA.
I loved bringing her to see Aunt Addie, the two would talk till they were hoarse and then talk some more. Sometimes Aunt Addie would drive her to PA and they would all be together. I am sure they are all excited to be together again. The Petruce Girls, beautiful, positive and wonderful role models.
My last visit to Vegas in 2017 was so special and so much fun with Aunt Addie, Barbara, Ed, my sister in law Dee. We ate in the VooDoo room and had a wild drink that four of us couldn't finish. She was so tech savvy and brave. Love you Aunt Addie!

Kathy Bontya

October 16, 2020

I'll never forget Addie as I spent what seemed like half my childhood at her home. She was a very warm and welcoming mom and was extremely generous with her time, her home, and help with many projects over the years. Thank you for everything, Addie.

Jan Kuhns

October 15, 2020

I will never forget several years ago when Addie moved to Las Vegas and was staying with Barbara. Barbara called and said get over to my house please as my mother is very upset. My husband Jim and I walked over to the house and Addie was very shaken. For you see she chased away a robber. I couldn't believe the courage she had. She said get out of my house and the two men left. What a brave and wonderful lady she was. I will miss her and it was a pleasure being in her company whenever we got together.

Karen Gruber

October 15, 2020

Aunt Addie and my son, John celebrating their birthdays. Such a fun day!


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