Adair Jean Dellea, 74, of Alford – theberkshireedge.com


Throughout Adair’s life, she overcame tremendous medical issues with enthusiastic determination and a positive, joyful outlook; she was a true survivor.
Adair Jean Dellea passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022 at the age of 74. She was born on September 10, 1948 in Barre, Vt., the daughter of Arthur Martel and Elizabeth Hall.
Adair was a loving wife and mother, a generous friend, and a skilled homemaker and entrepreneur. She made money through sewing, quilting, crafting, baking and housekeeping, and she always generously made gifts for all of her friends and family. Adair did all of these things while suffering with chronic migraines.
She had a stroke at 38, which rendered her incapable of completing even basic tasks. She had tremendous determination and fought her way back to recovery. She relearned everything and continued life. She got back into her sewing and crafts; enjoyed going on cross-country adventures with her husband, Bruce; and she adored her dogs, cats, and pet squirrels.
In 2007, Adair suffered a brain bleed at 59, which confined her to a wheelchair. Despite the new challenges, she pressed on with profound strength and was thankful to be at home with her caring husband, Bruce. They just celebrated 56 years together in September.
Adair enjoyed bird-watching, puzzles, crosswords, games, and spending time with her grandchildren. She had an upbeat personality that would light up whenever anyone came to visit her, and she loved talking to people. Throughout her life, she overcame tremendous medical issues with enthusiastic determination and a positive, joyful outlook; she was a true survivor.
Adair is survived by her husband, Bruce; son Arthur Dellea and his wife, Rebekah; three grandchildren, Samuel, Talitha, and Josiah; sister Jane Thorn and her husband, Tom of Pennsylvania; brother-in- law Leopold Damm of Florida; sister-in-law Mildred Eichstedt and her husband, Leon, of Southfield; and various nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son, Andrew Dellea; sister Carol Damm, and her parents.
A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Alford Fire Department or the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad in care of Finnerty and Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, please visit the funeral home’s website.
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