Adele M. Hofrichter
Adele Marie Hofrichter passed away on October 21, 2022 after a valiant 7 year battle with metastatic breast cancer. In true "Adele" form, she died on her birth date at the precise hour of her numerical birth: 10/21 at 10:21 a.m. Born in McMinnville Oregon in October 1960 to parents Richard and LaVelle Hofrichter; she was the third of five children. She spent her childhood in McMinnville, Oregon where she graduated from McMinnville High School in 1978. After High School she briefly attended Flight Attendant School and after deciding that was not her cup of tea, took an entry level position at ADEC in Newberg. A highly valued and respected employee, her career spanned 37 years, retiring as a Production Planner.
She was married in 1983 and while that did not last, she had a daughter Allison, who over the adult years became her best friend.
Although other important relationships followed, Adele established an independent, solo life. While at ADEC she met her very good friend Terri, and 2 other wonderful women, Cathy and Leslie. The four enjoyed many fun times and annual girl's weekends at the Oregon Coast for their birthdays. Adele became a devoted and ever-present grandparent as grandchildren entered the scene. A granddaughter Avery in 2013, a grandson Cade in 2016 and 2 months ago, another grandson Brick. During the last few years in the Covid pandemic she joined Allison and the grand kids on many trips. Adele rarely missed a birthday, sporting event or family activity and was Allison's second-hand caring for and loving those grand kids.
Adele was an animal lover, and some might say animals came before people. Companions through the years included Morris the cat, Bailey a yellow lab, Grand-dog Griffey and recently her pet guinea pig OREO. Adele loved the Oregon Coast, walking and jogging in Champoeg park, the farm in McMinnville and trips to Reno with her mom, dad, sister Denise, & the occasional other family and friends. She could identify most all the local bird life, loved cross word puzzles, and could finish jigsaw puzzles in hours. Always active she was a swimmer, jogger, joined the jazzercise craze in the 80's and became a regular at water aerobics the last several years. Whip smart, fun loving and the life of the party in small groups, she was noted for her wit, belly-laughing sense of humor, goofy names assigned to family members and general all-around craziness. She never passed up an opportunity to dance, no matter how bad she felt. She was everyone's favorite Aunt and as her mom would say, she was the spice in the sauce. Adele also had a quiet, more serious, and sensitive side not always shared publicly. Not one to judge or take sides, she was always there to support those people important in her life.
A fighter to the end, Adele continued to press for alternatives to extend her life. Never wanting to burden others and rarely accepting help, she faced this and other challenges over the course of her life independently, with strength, courage, and determination. As she learned the week prior to her transition that there were no additional options available, she accepted with grace that the end was imminent. She will be dearly missed by many.
Adele is survived by: her daughter Allison, Grandchildren Avery, Cade and Brick, siblings Cynthia Hofrichter, Greg Hofrichter, Denise Dickey and Brian Hofrichter.
Adele's ashes will be laid to rest beside her parents in McMinnville at Evergreen Memorial Park in a private gathering. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be determined. To leave condolences, visit www.macyandson.com.