Adele Wolf Camp passed away at 11:50 am on Friday, March 24th, 2017, at her Lombard home of 87 years surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. Adele was 87 years young, born on December 25th, 1929, when she died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed last month and enjoyed her final days surrounded by her family, friends and felines. Adele is preceded in death by her mother, father, brother and sister, as well as 3 of her children. She lived a beautiful life, taking time with her family and friends to travel, entertain, play games and document her family history in incredible detail.
Adele was the last living member of her family of origin, which included her siblings, Mary (Wolf) Knaff and Arthur J. Wolf, as well as her mother, Phyllis (Puestow) Wolf and her father, Arthur Wolf. Her youngest brother, Arthur, died at the age of 28 serving our community as a police officer. Her mother, originally from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, moved to Lombard, met and married her father, Arthur Wolf. Her father was a celebrity in that Wolf Road was named after his family.
Adele was a student at Sacred Heart School in Lombard through the 8th grade. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst in 1948 and then attended DePaul University to learn Medical Stenography. Adele met her husband of 37 years, William B. Camp, also a long-time resident of Lombard, at the Sacred Heart teen club. She was married in May of 1950 and immediately built their family home in the heart of downtown Lombard, only blocks from her parents. Immediately after this in 1951, she started their family with their first child, Kathryn Camp (Struhl) and had a total of 8 more blessings, Christine Lupo (1952), William F. Camp (1953), Jacquelyn Young (1954), John Camp (1958), Virginia Campbell Wolf (1961), James Camp (1964), Richard Camp (1967) and Joyce Vogt (1970).
She is preceded in death by her daughters, Kathryn (1995) and Christine (2014), and her son, James (2016). She is survived by 6 children: William (Kentucky), Jacquelyn (San Diego), John (Long Beach), Virginia (Lombard and Phoenix), Richard (Lombard) and Joyce (Phoenix); her grandchildren: Ben and Jeff Struhl; Erin and Joni Lupo; Robert and Ashley Camp; Daniel and Stephanie Baldyga; Branden, Corrine and Rheanna Camp; Molly and Regan Camp; and Bailey, Sydney and Avery Vogt; and her great-grandchildren: Kira and Anna Camp and Cocoleana and Nevaeh Baldyga Hanson. Adele’s incredible legacy is reflected in the many surviving descendants that cast the same loving and compassionate spirit on the world.
Adele’s most recent professional experience sent her out the door everyday to the Deicke Home in Villa Park to teach and support disabled adults. Adele gave everything she had to those “beautiful souls” over her more than 25 years of work there. She always enjoyed the light-hearted, fun-loving and compassionate nature of this community of students with mostly cognitive disabilities. So much so, her children will tell stories of her bringing these “friends” home for her family holiday when they weren’t able to join their own family. Prior to the Deicke Home, she had several jobs within businesses in the community, including time at a Currency Exchange in Villa Park, at Wieboldt’s in Yorktown and at Hine’s Hospital.
Adele’s wake is being held at Brust Funeral Home, at 135 South Main St., Lombard, IL 60148, on Tuesday, March 28th between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. As a member of the Sacred Heart community for her entire life, Adele will be celebrated during a funeral service on Wednesday morning at 10:00 am at the church at 114 South Elizabeth Street, Lombard, IL 60148. She will be interred at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 317 Alexander Blvd, Elmhurst, IL 60126, immediately following the mass. Adele created a wildlife refuge at Willow street which included stray cats, birds, raccoons, skunks, chipmunks and had a mission to save the most vulnerable animals in our community. Her hope was to save all the animals of our world and was a regular donor to World Wildlife Fund, the Humane Society and other similar charities. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate in her name to these or your favorite animal charity.