Elaine Adelsberger - Age 61
Will Adelsberger - Age 57

Murdered November 1, 1998

Once upon a time in the quiet village of West Newton, there lived a beautiful lady named Elaine. She was very happy and loved life, especially her life.

She had a husband, Will, and two daughters, Carol Ann, married to Michael, and Peggy, married to Jamie. She had two precious granddaughters, Jaclyn and Kylie. She had her mother, two sisters, a brother and an array of nieces, nephews, and cousins. her family and extended family were her first love. However, hard to separate from family were her many friends. She displayed more than enough love to envelope everyone her life touched.

Elaine loved to cook and sew and when her children became old enough she turned to the teaching profession. For 18 years she taught home economics at Youghiogheny High School. While employed at Yough High, she managed to triple the number of home economics students enrolling in this class because of her obvious love of the subject she was teaching and her wonderful relationship with her many students.

The word "love" appears in so many ways when Elaine is mentioned but its use must also be applied in reference to plants and animals. Her favorite flower was the sunflower. She and Will helped feed their relatives and friends during the summer months by passing out tomatoes and cucumbers. The hummingbirds loved Elaine and Will's back porch where there were several feeders, always kept full. You sometimes had to duck your head while sitting on their porch or deck because of the many hummers that frequented their feeders. And the cats! They always had one and I'm sure those felines thanked their lucky stars to be able to be a part of Elaine's household.

Elaine and Will loved to travel and often visited Will's relatives in Austria. It was during a visit to Will's parents home in Holly, Michigan, a small town on the outskirts of Flint, that these four wonderful people were struck down while in their beds by a vicious drug abuser.

I've heard it said, "It matters not how long a star shines. What is remembered is the brightness of its light." Elaine and Will's light will shine forever in the hearts of all the many people their lives touched.

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