AUBURN — Adele Lane Delmonico of Auburn passed away peacefully in her own home with her daughter by her side on Wednesday night, Aug. 25. She went into the loving Arms of the Lord one week from her  95th birthday.

Adele attended numerous schools in Philadelphia and New York City when growing up and graduated from high school in Goshen, N.Y. In her 20s, she became owner and lead dance instructor of Adele Lane’s Dance Studio in Goshen. She taught tap, ballet and toe dance. She was known for a unique form of dance in which she tapped on the tips of her toe shoes.

In her late 20s, she moved to New York City and enrolled in business courses. While in New York, she met a captain in the Merchant Marines, Charles Edmund Delmonico, and they married in 1945. A daughter was born to them in 1947 and they named her Charlane, after Charles’s first name and Adele’s maiden name, Lane.

To help support her family, Adele returned to work in 1951, and was employed by the accounting firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell. In her 50s, she became comptroller of an advertising firm, Cresmer, Woodward, Omara, Ormsby, where she continued to work until retirement. In NYC, she took art classes in her spare time, and enjoyed ice skating at Rockefeller Center.

When she retired, she moved to Auburn, Maine, to be closer to her family. She was not one to sit still, and enjoyed keeping busy in the company of others. She became an active member of the community and volunteered at the CMMC gift shop for 19 years. She was an energetic member of the YWCA’s Senior Crafters group and had served on its board of directors.

She took delight in the company of her family, her special group of friends, and the caregivers who shared time with her. Her most memorable moments this summer were spent sitting on her sunny porch, and babysitting her great-granddaughter in the shade of her pine tree.

Besides her daughter, Charlane Marie Chapman, she is survived by four grandchildren, Norman Edward Chapman III and his partner, Timothy Frank, Robert James Chapman and his wife, Denise, Julie Chapman Goodwin and her husband, Mark, and Jeremy Charles Chapman and his wife, Renee. She had nine great-grandchildren, Lindsay Ryan Chapman, Kaite Elizabeth Espinoza, Richard Knowlton, Robert James Chapman Jr., Joshua Alan Chapman, Melissa Nadine LeDuc, Michael Ryan Goodwin, Jill Dianne Johnson, and Annabelle Grace Chapman, born in 2010; and two great-great-grandchildren, born in 2009, Clara Rosalie LeDuc and Clayton Edward Johnson. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Marge Carroll, Catherine Lane and Belle Lane.

Adele was predeceased by two brothers, Carl Edward Lane and S. Thomas Lane; her husband; and two sons-in-law, N. Edward Chapman and Stephen G. Letarte.

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