Adeline A. Kovales


HURLEY, Wis. - Adeline A. Kovales, 100, of Hurley, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Sky View Nursing Center in Hurley.

The former Adeline Schneider was born Sept. 9, 1914, in Park Falls, daughter of the late William and Margaret (Holfels) Schneider, and graduated from Park Falls High School in 1932. She attended Price County Normal and taught in Butternut for two years, then attended Milwaukee State Teachers College for three years. She taught in Manistique, Mich. for three years, Beaver Dam for one year, Minneapolis for one year, and for 30 years in the Hurley School District, from 1950 until her retirement in 1980.

She was married to Bernard "Doc" Kovales on June 26, 1965, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2013.

Adeline was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley and its Council of Catholic Women, served as president of the North Central Deanery for three years and was secretary of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for two years. She also was a Girl Scout leader at St. Mary's for 15 years. During World War II, she was a clerk at the Army Regional Accounting Office in Chicago.

Adeline was a member of the Auxiliary to Iron County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1580, having served as past president and treasurer, and was the initial organizer and first president of the Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie, Hurley Pup Tent 35.  She volunteered in fund raising for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, and assisted with local church conventions and VFW conventions. She sold Vivian Woodard Cosmetics and was local distributor. She was also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher's Sorority and the Wisconsin Retired Teacher's Association. She enjoyed  traveling with  Doc in their motor home to Texas and Florida, as well as other extensive travel, and loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Marianne (Bob) Johnson, Troy, Ill .; three grandchildren, William (Teresa) Johnson, Henderson, Tenn., and Jennifer (Yaz) Hassan and Christopher Johnson, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn .; five great-grandchildren, Emil and Hannah Hassan and Isaac, Emily and Sarah Johnson; three sisters-in-law, Grace Kovales, and Evelyn and Norma Schneider, all of Milwaukee; a cousin, Margaret Crownover, Milwaukee; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Adeline was preceded in death by brothers, John, William, Frank, Joseph, Anthony, James, Robert, Frederick and Jerome Schneider; and sisters, Marie Connor, Eleanor Connor, Rita Wehrman and Teresa Mallak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.

Luncheon will follow in the parish hall.

Rite of Committal and interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley, in the spring.

Pallbearers will be Jim Wehrman, Bob Johnson, Will Johnson, Jim Roth, Ken Nicholls and Darrell Mallak.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Inc., Ironwood. Condolences may be expressed online at


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