Adele V. Zale


Farmington – Adele Vaigauskas Zale, 90, of Rumford, died early Tuesday, April 4, at the Sandy River Nursing Home.

She was born July 6, 1915, in Boston, Mass., a daughter of Frank and Stasia (Basas) Vaigauskas.

She spent her younger years in Boston and attended Cambridge High and Latin School, the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University and Gordon College.

She married the late John James Zale from Rumford, and raised their family at Rumford Corner where Adele ran a general Store and later a ceramic shop where she taught classes.

She was an artist and musician, painting and playing the organ, she was often accompanied by her husband John on the accordion. She was an avid reader and amazing cook, especially of family Lithuanian recipes. She loved family fishing and camping trips to the Allagash and Vermont. She was a longtime member of the Rumford Point Congregational Church where she was a church organist and lay-minister. She was also a Girl Scout leader, Red Cross director and active member of the Pythian Sisters.

She particularly loved being an amateur radio operator. She spent many happy times behind the radio talking with people and making new friends from across the country and around the world.

She moved to Pensacola, Fla., for a number of years before returning to Maine. This is where she found her love of tropical birds and enjoyed volunteering with the Pensacola Air Station chaplain service.

She is survived by two sons, John F Zale and his wife, Delores, of Minot, N.D., and Eric P. Zale of Albany; two daughters, Sylvia A. Bailey and her husband, Walter, of North Anson, and Patricia Sproles of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Lonnie Sproles of Dallas, Texas, Nona Goheen of Minot, N.D., Jacolyn Bailey of Poland, Jennifer Bailey of Portland and Lucas Zale of Rumford; and four great-grandchildren, Alata Zale of Fargo, N.D., Wyatt Goheen, Brandon Goheen, and Logan Goheen, all of Minot, N.D.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; and grandson, John F. Zale Jr.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the caring staff at the Sandy River Nursing Home who looked after Adele in her final days.