Adeline Rohrbach, a longtime resident of East Aurora, career nurse and active community volunteer, died June 4 in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 83.
A Buffalo native, the former Adeline Ralicki graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1944. Three years later, she graduated from Mercy School of Nursing and became a licensed registered nurse.
Initially, she worked as a private duty nurse until her first child was born. Later, she returned to practice at Mercy Hospital. Her last position was in the utilization department, seeking reimbursement from insurance companies on behalf of the hospital.
For about 20 years, Mrs. Rohrbach was a docent at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and was once named Docent of the Year. In addition, she provided funding for the installation of a sound system for the conservatory at the gardens and a long-term subscription to satellite radio, in memory of her husband of 57 years, William, who died in 2006.
For the past 16 years, she was a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer in East Aurora.
Mrs. Rohrbach participated in the Newcomers Club in East Aurora, East Aurora Garden Club and Aurora Children's Theatre, for which she served on the board of directors. She also played roles in two of the shows, in 1967 and 1970.
In 1963, she won first place at the East Aurora Garden Club's annual flower show. She enjoyed making jam and canning fruit.
She is survived by a daughter, Heidi A.; a son, Rob; and a brother, Daniel Ralicki.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. July 10 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.