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Adeline (Addie) W. Bloomfield (Nov. 8, 1930- Oct. 14, 2022) passed away into eternal life surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her parents, Adeline and William Novak of Fresh Meadows, NY, originally from Germany, and Arthur, her loving husband of 43 years.
She is survived by her son, Robert Bloomfield of Hagerstown, her daughter, Brenda Jones, son-in-law Ken Jones and precious grandson, Mitchell, of Huntingtown, MD. She is also survived by a brother and his wife, William and Jeananne Novak, of Fresh Meadows, NY. Other survivors include in-laws Jane Foley of Martinsburg, WV, and Ken Bloomfield of Oviedo, FL as well as his children and grandchildren.
Music and performing were always a part of Addie’s life. First came dancing, piano and then voice lessons, suggested by her pastor who happened to be making a house call while she was practicing. She began singing with the senior choir at the age of 12 and continued to do so off and on until recently.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in music from Adelphi University under the auspice of a scholarship from opera, TV and movie star Risë Stevens, who became her mentor. After college, including a summer at Tanglewood, she studied with Risë’s vocal teacher, Vera Schwartz. When the time was right it was suggested that she continue her studies and gain experience in Austria, beginning with Master Voice lessons at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Vera Schwartz. Winters were spent in Vienna where she kept busy re-learning her roles in German and taking acting lessons.
After more than 3 years of this routine, Addie was called home to be with her mother who was facing some serious surgeries. The plan was to go back after her mother recovered, but she needed to build up her nest egg. She landed a plush secretarial job in midtown Manhattan and there met a young salesman named Arthur who swept her off her feet and led her to a corporate nomadic life to Atlanta (where their children were born), to Pittsburgh, to Hagerstown, Tallahassee, and finally to Falling Waters, WV as retirees.
During their time in Pittsburgh, Addie was very involved in the PTA and taught private piano lessons as well as filling the role of a music substitute teacher through the school system.
While they lived in Hagerstown Addie felt she had to get more involved in her church again and she served at the Trinity Lutheran Church for over 30 years as a choir member and soloist. She also served on the Altar Guild and sat on the music and Worship Committee.
Her love and enjoyment of music was further enhanced by her membership in Hagerstown Choral Arts. Their many rehearsals and concerts also helped her get through the tough times when Arthur was suffering from Alzheimer’s and the widowhood that followed.
A visitation for Family and Friends will be held Thursday October 20, 2022, from 6-8 P.M. at Rest Haven Funeral home, 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday October 21, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Randolph St. and Potomac Avenue, Hagerstown. Pastors David Eisenhuth and Pastor Greg Shook will be officiating. Following the funeral service will be interment at Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church for music and worship.