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Adele K. (Nystrom) Nanfelt

Born: Tue., Jun. 29, 1937
Died: Fri., Jun. 19, 2020


Funeral Service

Location: Private


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Adele Kay Nystrom Nanfelt, 82, of Lakeville, MA passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Boston Medical Center following a sudden brain aneurysm.

Born on June 29, 1937 in Joliet, Illinois, Adele was the eldest of four children born to Otto Nystrom, of Umea, Sweden, and of Helen Gustafson, a second-generation Swede from Winnetka, Illinois. She spent her early years in Lockport, Illinois, later moving to Wheaton, Illinois to a home built by her father, a trade carpenter.  She professed a personal faith in Jesus Christ as a child. She attended Wheaton Academy (Illinois) and graduated valedictorian. Also at Wheaton Academy Adele met her husband, Kenneth Donald Nanfelt, when accompanying him as a choir soloist. She cheered him on as a football cheerleader. Adele and Ken continued on to Wheaton College, were married, and then settled in Southern Massachusetts in 1957, where they have stayed since. There, they raised three children, Lee Nanfelt, Kay (Nanfelt) Burklin and Scott Nanfelt.

Adele wore many hats—wife, mother, pastor’s wife, friend, and musician. A humble, kind-spirited person, Adele was known for her thoughtful and gracious hospitality. As her family grew in size—at last count 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way—she excelled as the de facto family matriarch. She organized the extended Nanfelt family, including family reunion planning and keeping track of the family’s birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. This was no small task, with her descendants spread out literally across the country and beyond, as far as Munich, Germany. Of late she was known to check in on her grandchildren via text message and to FaceTime with her great-grandchildren.

She was an accomplished pianist and organist, accompanying countless musicians and singers, including Ken, her favorite soloist. Through the decades, Adele blessed many people through her music, including folks at Olivet Memorial Church (Brockton, MA), Mullein Hill Baptist Church (Lakeville, MA) and Central Congregational Church (Middleborough, MA). She played the organ the Sunday before her passing, with her last song, appropriately, the congregational hymn, To God Be the Glory. She leaves behind a legacy of selfless service and love for music and her family. 

Adele’s departure is preceded by her brother, Roger Nystrom. She is survived by her husband, Ken, two sisters, Karen (Nystrom) Beechy and Suzanne (Nystrom) Anderson, three children, and their families.

Adele will be laid to rest at Mullein Hill Cemetery in Lakeville, Massachusetts. A memorial service is anticipated for this Fall. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memorial can be shared with the Missions Fund c/o Central Congregational Church, Middleborough, Massachusetts.  

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The Ralph W. Maddigan, Jr. family
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
Very sorry for Your loss, Ken & family

The LORD Jesus blanket & comfort you All

with His abiding Peace...

Isaiah 25:8a
HE (Christ Jesus)
WILL Swallow Up death FOREVER,

Deveney Reis
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
Dear Lee,

I was so sorry to read of your mother's passing. It's so hard to lose your mother. Her spirit will be with you always. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Mrs. Reis (from Apponequet)

Linell R Dean
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
Dearest Ken, Scott, Kay and Lee,
My heart was very heavy when I heard of Adele's passing. Although I have not seen your family for several years, you all have forever held a special place in my heart from my days back on Rhode Island Road in Lakeville. Adele always displayed her love of Jesus with everything she did. Her sweet smile, her loving kindness and most of all the way she made everyone feel so welcome when in her presence. My Loving Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this time. I know Jesus is welcoming Adele and he is holding you all in the palms of his hands. Sincerely, Linell (Scanlon) Dean

Marilyn Dorsey
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
Ken, Lee, Kay and Scott,

I am so sorry to hear of Adele's passing. Even when we know they are with the lord it is still a great loss. My prayers are with you and the family. She was a very special lady.

Love and prayers
Marilyn

Dorothy(Dolly) Anderson
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
Dear Ken and family,
So shocked to hear about Adele. My heart is aching. I just talked to her not long ago. I have so many memories like staying with her folks when she was born - I was ten. She was my first cousin and my junior bridesmaid in my wedding on Oct.6,1951 at College Church. I moved to MI when I got married and she moved to MA when she got married so we always lived far apart. We were able to talk when long distance disappeared. I'm praying for all of you - the Lord answers prayers!

Dorothy(Dolly) Anderson
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
Dear Ken and family,
So shocked to hear about Adele. My heart is aching. I just talked to her not long ago. I have so many memories like staying with her folks when she was born - I was ten. She was my first cousin and my junior bridesmaid in my wedding on Oct.6,1951 at College Church. I moved to MI when I got married and she moved to MA when she got married so we always lived far apart. We were able to talk when long distance disappeared. I'm praying for all of you - the Lord answers prayers!

Marge Elowson Johnson
   Posted Sat June 27, 2020
Dear Ken & family,

As you know we all were shocked to hear of Adele's passing into eternity but we also know that the Lord is in control!! We still have Him to give us strength and encouragement each day as you now are into another phase of your life. God bless you and please remember we loved Adele dearly and you too!! Keep in touch!
Cousin Marge

Ann Marie Gorczyca
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of dear Adele. She was such a lovely person and I will always remember her playing the organ.
Please know that I am thinking of all of you. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family.