Memorial Mass for Patricia A. “Pat” Adelman, age 92, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. Reverend Brett Jamrog will be the celebrant. A Family Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with visitation to follow until Mass Time. Private Family Inurnment at St. Leonard’s Catholic Cemetery in Madison. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
She passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Patricia A. Adelman was born December 13, 1930, at Humphrey, Nebraska. Her parents were John and Caroline (Nienaber) Niemeyer. She graduated from St. Bernard School. She met the love of her life, Don Adelman, and they were married on October 12, 1949. Don often said “Columbus discovered America but look what I found.”
They lived on a rented farm 5 miles south of Madison until they purchased the family farm 4 miles north of Madison in 1956. The family attended St. Leonard’s Church in Madison. Pat joined the church guild and served a term as president. She also volunteered at the school their children attended.
In 1982, together they moved trees to their farm on Highway 81 and built a home there. Many people remember the canna beds they planted each Spring and then dug the bulbs each Fall to be replanted the next Spring. They worked to put up the Christmas display each year which many still remember.
They joined Sacred Heart Parish in 1982. Pat helped serve funeral lunches and will be remembered for her deviled eggs she brought each time.
Pat loved to sew and made clothes for herself, her daughters, and grandchildren. She made 147 blankets to be given to foster children and made lap robes for wheel chair patients. She loved reading and read three books a week. She did jig saw puzzles which she framed and hung in her garage until giving them to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her brother, Carroll Niemeyer, four children, Diana (Gregg) Nielsen of Elkhorn, Doug (Sylvia) Adelman of Wilmington, DE, Denise (Dale) Becker of Madison and Donna (Lynn) Funk of Madison, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, of almost 65 years and a son Don D. Adelman, her parents and two sisters.
After Don passed away in 2014, she moved into Norfolk where she continued to plant flowers and some of the cannas from the farm.
She will be missed by her family, friends, and the many people she played cards with in Norfolk. (Written by Pat herself).
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