PLAINFIELD, NJ — While they may or may not have known her by name, generations of area children knew and loved Adele Albanese, who died Monday. She and her family have run the Dairy Queen on South Avenue for more than four decades, employed hundreds of teenagers, and brought millions of smiles to kids of all ages.

The Albanese family is well known for their support of the NJ Sharing Network, which promotes organ donation. 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 at the time of her death.

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Recently, she told her daughter, 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home 155 South Ave, Fanwood, NJ 07023. The Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Friday at Immaculate Heart Church in Scotch Plains.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Adele’s memory to The NJ Sharing Network, 691 Central Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974.