Donald J. Adelman
Services for Donald J. Adelman, 87, of Madison will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Norfolk. A private burial will be held later. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with a rosary to follow.
Don died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Faith Regional Health Services.
Donald was born on September 3, 1926 to proud parents Albert Adelman and Mary Lintner Adelman. He completed 12 years of education at Liberty Consolidated School in 1942. After graduation, he attended the University of Nebraska for 1 year with a focus on agriculture.
He married Patricia Niemeyer on October 12, 1949 at St. Bernard's Church.
Don's passion for farming was evident in every aspect of his life. He was successful with grain and livestock, receiving the Master Conservationist Award in 2004. He provided service to the Nebraska and National Soybean Association. In 2000, the Adelman family was awarded the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources Award. His nurturing talent was also evident in the beautiful gardening he shared with the Madison community from the huge array of cannas grown in the yard annually to the stunning orchids grown in his self-engineered greenhouse. He never missed an opportunity to share an orchid with those celebrating special occasions.
Along with his green thumb, Don was an expert at planning and managing many projects. There wasn't anything he couldn't master or fix. His Christmas display was one that grew from year to year and attracted visitors from many counties and states.
In his spare time, he and wife Pat of 64 years spent many wonderful hours dancing to Big Band music and traveling all over the world. Don, by way of his talents and with his value for education, mentored the growth of his 5 children, Donald Dean, who preceded Don, Diana Nielsen(Gregg), Doug (Sylvia), Denise Becker(Dale), Donna Funk(Lynn), 8 grandchildren, Michelle, Dan, Alex, Peter, Katie, Dana, Sara, and Nathan and 5 great-grandchildren , Cole, Garyn, Ella, Jack, and Kai. Don will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved farming, building, fixing, and making the world a more productive and beautiful place to live. He will forever be missed by those who loved him.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his son Donald Dean, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or families' choice.