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Arlene B. Adams

Born August 7, 1925

Arlene B. Adams, age 91, of West Grove, PA and formerly of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Born in Weymouth, MA, on August 7, 1925, Mrs. Adams was a daughter of the late William J. and Julia L. (Cronan) Bentley. She was a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, MA. In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Adams taught business classes at Barre High School in Barre, MA and at St. Angeles Academy in Aiken, SC. She later accepted a position as a secretary with the University of Delaware, retiring after many years of dedicated service.

Mrs. Adams was a past parishioner of St. John-Holy Angeles Church in Newark and a longtime member of the American Association of University Women. In her leisure time, she enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. Mrs. Adams was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph W. Adams who died in 1998; son, John J. Adams; 2 brothers; 4 sisters; and a grandson, Aaron Mills. Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughters, Margaret A. Kupchella (Lawrence) of Homer City, PA, Elizabeth M. Adams (Bernard Togia) of Springfield, VA and Louise M. Nail (Brian) of Gilbert, AZ; daughter-in-law, Joan S. Adams of Swedesboro, NJ; grandchildren, Richard and David Adams, Laura and Aaron Mills, Arlene Kupchella, Anuilagi, Bingham and Joseph Togia and Lauren and McLain Nail.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Adams’ memory may be made to the John J. Adams Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Joan Adams, Adams & Adams Law, 1534 Kings Hwy., Swedesboro, NJ 08085.


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  • Arlene was an amazing woman. Bright, loving, generous of spirit and with a sweet sense of humor. Refined, well spoken and beautiful. She was the perfect mother in law and she taught me how to be patient and generous with my children. She will be missed every day.

  • Ms. Adams was a kind and gentle soul, who was the very definition of graciousness. Our love and prayers go out to her family.

  • We love you…

  • Our condolences to the Adam’s family for the passing of Arlene. Please know that you all will be in our continued thoughts and prayers to comfort you in this time of loss.

  • You are all in our prayers.

  • Dear Liz, Margaret, Louise and Joan,
    Arlene was a gentle and loving woman. She has always shown my family so much kindness and generosity of spirit. We are so sorry for your loss but know that she touched many people in her beautiful long life and we are proud to have been a part of that. With Love, Len and Nedda Grasso

  • Dear Adams Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Arlene’s passing, but so happy that she was able to make the world a better place for all of us over her 91 years. Her loving legacy is so easy to see in each and every one of you! Aunt Arlene was such a special connection for my mother and father over the course of her life and after my mom’s passing, her email conversations with my dad really were cherished by him and I would get a report on its contents moments after it had arrived in his inbox. We had such a marvelous time helping her share her 90th birthday two summers ago and it was so nice to see so much of our family together to celebrate with her. We send you all of our love and if there is anything at all that we can do, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. My father is so, so sad of her passing, but we cannot forget in this moment of sadness that 91 is an awfully good number for any of us and she was such a blessing to everyone touched by her during her long and beautiful life.

    With all our love and sympathy,

    John and Marie-France

  • Mrs Adams really set a wonderful example for her children and their friends as we grew up. She kept a focus on the things that are really important: love, kindness, learning, and respect for other people and yourself. Those are great foundations for kids. John and the girls were so lucky to have her. Many years later when I became an adoptive parent myself, my admiration for her deepened. Adoptive parents didn’t have the resources in the 1970s that they do today.

    My sincere condolences to all who loved this wonderful lady,

    Ron Noble

  • To Arlene’s girls: She had a good long life, and I shall miss her. The last time I saw her was on her 90th birthday when she looked fabulous. We were not close friends, but had many opportunities together when she lived in Covered Bridge. I’m sure you will miss her too. My thoughts and prayers are with you in the coming months.

  • I thought of Arlene this morning. She was my secretary/administrative assistant ,a most wonderful lady. An excellent member of our team at the university. I was truly blessed having had the opportunity to know such a human being. God rest her soul.