Adele M. Dineen, 89

Adele M. Dineen passed away peacefully Jan. 4, 2014, at the age of 89 and joined her beloved husband, William C. Dineen, in heaven.

Adele is survived by her sons, William P. (Jeanie) and Daniel R. (Linda Vanden Heuvel); her grandchildren, Daniel J. Dineen (Alicia), Nathan J. Dineen, Molly Dineen, J.C. Dineen, John Lawler (Tina), Megan Lawler (Fred)  and Joseph Lawler; her great-grandchildren, Brynlee Adele Dineen and Ava Lawler; as well as by her brothers, Dr. John (Jennie) Walker and James (Barbara) Walker; and her sister-in-law, Patricia Foley, and many nieces and nephews.

Adele always spoke with great love, appreciation and admiration of her parents, Harold C. Walker and Mary A. Walker, who predeceased her.

After graduating from Marquette University during World War II, she worked on the south side of Chicago as a social worker. After returning to Milwaukee, she met and married Marquette Law School graduate William C. Dineen. Bill and Adele lived in Milwaukee, Mequon and Whitefish Bay, where they raised their sons.

From the late 1970s until 2012, Adele devoted her life to promoting literacy in the Milwaukee area and later in Ozaukee County.  She and other volunteers created a literacy program for Southeast Asian refugees, who came to the United States following the United States withdrawal from Vietnam. Until 1996, Adele served as the director of the Tutor Program for Indochinese Refugees in Milwaukee. On her return to the Mequon area, she continued her literacy work and became actively involved with the Ozaukee County Adult Literacy Center at Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton. She served as its director until her retirement in 2012, when she was named a director emeritus.

In 2009, she received the Wisconsin State Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award. Adele Dineen was one of the true “unsung heroes” in both the literacy and volunteer communities. Many people’s lives have been touched through her stewardship of literacy programs over the years. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Adele and her family wish to thank all who helped and cared for her, with special thanks to Annette, Sandy and Rita.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Lumen Christi Catholic Church in Mequon on Jan. 9, 2014.

In memory of Adele, memorials may be made to the Adult Literacy Program of Ozaukee County, 715 6th Ave., Grafton, WI 53024 or online at: