Adele Lehto, 77, of Cromwell, passed away on June 14 peacefully in her home surrounded by family.
Adele was born on October 7 to Anne and Steve Fuda of Hingham, MA. Their parental love was boundless and often expressed by meals with heaping plates, a tradition she happily carried on. She continued her life in CT and had a successful career in Human Resources at Aetna. Her retirement was spent sitting poolside soaking in the sun or shopping with her daughters, Debi and Diane. Adele raised her children with the same independent spirit that defined her life. For many years it was only the three of them, and their close knit relationship was one to be envied. They would sit side by side as they got their nails done, painted in shades as vibrant as their laughter. Family, defined by warmth and love, was a thing to be shared. When her daughters married she welcomed their husbands, Jeff and Tony, with open arms and a wide smile. Adele met her husband Jack at their 30th high school reunion. It was the perfect time for them to start their life together and they embarked on a series of sea adventures before settling down to lovingly spoil their grandchildren: Rae, Quentin, Michael, and Colton. Watching them grow was the greatest joy of her life and she was always front and center at every game, art show, concert, and graduation. Adele and her sisters, Joan and Sandy, shared an unbreakable bond despite the miles between them. Together they made annual trips to Hawaii where they delighted in island life and the many activities that came with it - mainly jewelry shopping. Her nieces, nephews, and their children will fondly think of the times they spent together, as well as the conversations they had when apart. Friends are integral to a happy life and Adele was blessed with many. She will be remembered for her easy smile and open heart, as well as her fondness for word games.
The family extends their thanks to the many healthcare professionals who contributed to her care, especially Dr. Patricia DeFusco who helped them navigate this journey with compassion and kindness.
Family and friends will celebrate her life when we can all gather safely. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity and continuing the kindness she spread into the world.