formerly of Andover — Adele B. (Bielevich) Umpa, 95, formerly of Andover, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford, where she had been a resident for the past 10 years, with her cousin, Pauline Toomey, at her side.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Adele (Davainis) Bielevich, Adele was born in Lawrence on November 29, 1917. She was a graduate of Lawrence High School, Class of 1935, McIntosh School of Business of Lawrence and received an advanced certificate in sales from Boston University. While a freshman in high school, Adele was invited to join the Alumni Symphony Orchestra to play in the first violin section under Robert E. Sault and Arthur Fiedler, when he was guest conductor for concerts. Adele was a bookkeeper for Methuen Grain Co., which was founded by her late husband, Peter, and also for ROPACO, a wholesale meat and poultry company. For eight years, she was a seasonal employee at the IRS Service Center in Andover.
Adele was a lifelong member of the former St. Francis Church of Lawrence, past president of St. Elizabeth's Benefit Society, and a member of the Early Retirees at St. Francis. She was also a member of Andover Haven. Adele resided in Andover for over 45 years.
Adele was interested in ceramics and decoupage, winning many first place ribbons at Eastern States Exposition and Topsfield Fair. An original lamp made from a violin won her a first prize at Topsfield.
Adele also worked part-time modeling at the Cherry and Webb Store in downtown Lawrence. She also modeled in the windows, along with two life-like mannequins. This was especially funny when she winked or waved to people outside. She also won a first prize award as a top sales person at Cherry and Webb.
Adele was the wife of the late Peter P. Umpa, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage, until his death in 1990. She was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara Ann, who died as an infant; her two brothers, Walter Bielevich, who died in World War II, and Alphonse Bielevich.
She is survived by a nephew, Alan Bielevich; several other nieces and nephews; several cousins, including Pauline Toomey, her caregiver, of Chelmsford; and a dear friend, Vivian Simone of Andover.
ARRANGEMENTS: At Adele's request, funeral services will be private. Burial will take place in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boles Memorial-Baron-McAuliffe-Yameen Funeral Home, 184 Jackson Street, Lawrence, Mass., 978-686-0386.