Adeline (Fish) Milanese, 93, lifelong resident of Falmouth, died December 5th at Royal Falmouth Nursing Center, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the widow of Aldo Milanese, who died in 2001. They were married at Saint Patrick Church in 1957.
Daughter of Jehial and Marcella Fish, and a direct descendant of Falmouth founder Jonathan Hatch, Adeline graduated from Lawrence High School in 1943, where she excelled in field hockey and was voted Most Athletic.
At Saint Patrick, she was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, sang in the choir, and served as a scribe.
Adeline began work as a cake decorator for Sheehan's Bakery on Main Street. Using her talent with numbers, she transitioned into bookkeeping. She first worked at Robbins' Laundry on King Street, and then in the 1960's, for her brother-in-law George West at Bourne's Market, now the West Falmouth Market, where her husband Aldo worked as the butcher.
Mrs. Milanese was an avid sports fan. She was especially passionate about the Red Sox, and spent $4 to attend game seven of the '75 World Series. She enjoyed spending time with family, bowling in the candlepin league, puzzles, the beach, her daily ritual of reading the local newspapers, and Tuesday morning coffee with her brother Don "Bucky" Fish. She never lost her deep appreciation for spending her entire life in the serenity and beauty of her Cape Cod surroundings.
She leaves two daughters, Marcy and her husband David Brundage of Virginia, and Carrie and her husband Greg Souza of Falmouth; four grandchildren, Lauren Brundage Wilson, Alison Brundage Starkovich, Matthew Brundage and Cameron Aiken; four great-granddaughters; one brother, Donald Fish; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by three brothers, Melvin, Paul and Jehial Fish.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A eulogy will begin at 11:15 AM on Monday, December 10th, next door at St. Patrick Church, with a funeral Mass at 11:30. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, and honoring her love of the Red Sox, donations may be made in Adeline's memory to www.jimmyfund.org.