OBITUARY

Adele F. Strelchun

February 2, 1936November 30, 2018

Adele F. Strelchun, 82, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of North Canaan, CT, died on Friday, November 30, 2018 after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, Francis X Strelchun, on November 21, 2010. Born in Jamaica, NY, Adele was the daughter of the late Fred W. and Florence L. Faber. She grew up in Bay Shore, NY, and spent many years living in North Canaan before moving to San Antonio in 2011. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of NY, Potsdam, and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. Adele taught elementary and junior high school in Bay Shore and Glastonbury and Hartford CT. She was Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services, Waterbury, CT, an inner city housing rehabilitation agency from 1983 to 2006. She received the Neighborhood Housing Services 'Woman of the Year' Award in 1998 for her contributions in providing affordable housing opportunities to the city's residents. Adele was also a trustee for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. A devoted Roman Catholic, Adele was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in San Antonio. She took genuine interest in social issues, including Pro-Life, and politics. During her years in North Canaan, Adele was a member of various clubs and organizations including Federated Women’s Club, Girl Scouts, Daughters of Isabella, the Douglas Library, and the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society. Her many interests included reading, especially mysteries, playing bridge, antiques, and history. Her energy and enthusiasm for life will never be forgotten. She is survived by three children, Thomas Strelchun and wife, Karen, of Orefield, PA; John Strelchun and wife, Paula, of San Antonio, TX; and Elizabeth Strelchun of Beacon, NY; her grandchildren Rory Strelchun, and John Francis Strelchun; sisters in-law Ann Skorupski, MaryElla Strelchun, and Ann Faber; brother in-law James Strelchun; and several nieces and nephews. Adele was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence Faber. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 6 at 9 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 623 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX. A visitation will begin at 8 AM in the Church. As per Adele’s request, interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, North Canaan, CT at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Life League (ALL) and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by three children, Thomas Strelchun and wife, Karen, of Orefield, PA; John Strelchun and wife, Paula, of San Antonio, TX; and Elizabeth Strelchun of Beacon, NY; her grandchildren Rory Strelchun, and John Francis Strelchun; sisters in-law Ann Skorupski, MaryElla Strelchun, and Ann Faber; brother in-law James Strelchun; and several nieces and nephews. Adele was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence Faber.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment
REMEMBERING

Adele F. Strelchun

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Celia Skorupski

December 12, 2018

my heart goes out to the family
my deepest condolences on the loss of Aunt Adele. She will be missed.

Suzzanna, Steve and Chris Currier

December 5, 2018

We remember Adele as a kind, considerate lady from the east coast. She engaged in good conversation and sought common ground with all.
I enjoyed her talks about her community involvement in her younger days and how she almost recruited me to be her bridge partner!
She took great delight that she shared her”Groundhog” birthday along with our son Chris!
You will be missed fondly by your Texas family.
John, Paula and John Frances, our sincere condolences are with you.
Love,
Steve, Suzzanna and Chris Currier

Ann Cortez

December 5, 2018

I am so grateful that Adele was part of our family for the last several years. She was a very special lady; intelligent, kind, and witty. I always enjoyed talking with her at family gatherings; especially about politics! My condolences to John, Paula and John Frances; we will all miss Adele. My prayers for the family, and may she rest in peace. Love, Ann Cortez

Carlos Cortez

December 4, 2018

Our sincere condolences.

We will miss being and talking with Adele at family get-togethers. She was involved with family members and was up-to-date with specifics concerning the Cortez family. She enjoyed sharing her political views, her love of bridge, and her shrimp cocktail at family gatherings. Her love and joy for one and all was very evident.
Our prayers for her family, knowing that she is definitely in peace.

Carlos Cortez

FROM THE FAMILY