SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- While they may or may not have known her by name, generations of children from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and Plainfield knew and loved Adele Albanese. She and her family have run the Dairy Queen on South Ave. in Plainfield for more than four decades, employed hundreds of teenagers, and brought millions of smiles to kids of all ages.

The Albanese family is also well known for their support of the NJ Sharing Network, which promotes organ donations. In 2002, Adele received a kidney from her daughter, Donna, who has become a local advocate for organ donation registration.

Adele was born on May 18, 1932 and passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019. She was a resident of Edison, New Jersey at the time of her death.

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Recently, she told Donna, “Don’t cry when I die; I did everything I wanted to do. Have a party and celebrate my life. So enjoy every day!  And hug your loved ones."

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home 155 South Ave, Fanwood, NJ 07023. The Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Immaculate Heart Church in Scotch Plains.