Adelaide Searfoss

Obituary of Adelaide M. Searfoss

Adelaide Mary (Koster) Searfoss (Adele), 90, of Edison, passed away on Friday, October 6 at The Chelsea Senior Living in Warren NJ. Born in Irvington, NJ to John Adrianus Koster and Theresa Anna (Schulz) Koster. Adele resided most of her life in Edison NJ. Adele graduated from Irvington High School in 1951 and continued her education at secretarial school in Newark, NJ. She began an illustrious career, first in the private sector for Prudential Insurance in Newark, then transitioned to a career in public service when she accepted a position in 1963 as Administrative Assistant for the Department of Engineering in Edison Township. Adele remained a highly regarded employee for the Township of Edison for the next 31 years, where she was promoted to the Executive Secretary to the Mayor’s Office. In her time in that role from 1970 to 1988, Adele supported five terms of Edison mayors — Bernard J. Dwyer, Thomas H. Paterniti, and Anthony M. Yelencsics, serving three terms. During that time, Adele also enrolled in the Certified Professional Secretary program, where she received that CPS credential in 1975. Adele finished her career serving the citizens of Edison as their Township Clerk, where in 1988, The Star-Ledger newspaper published an article about Adele titled The Kissing Clerk. The journalist received a tip for a human interest story about a Township Clerk who welcomed citizens visiting her office with a big smile and, sometimes, a kiss. After having provided the citizens of Edison with friendly and kind service for so many years in her role in the Mayor’s Office, so many people knew her! So when they found her in the Clerk’s Office, they often hugged and kissed her — which she happily returned. The people of Edison loved Adele … and she loved them. Adele retired as a 31-year employee in 1994. Above all of Adele’s professional accomplishments and accolades, she would always say her most important role was that of wife to her late husband, Charlie, mother to her two children, Steven and Dianne, and grandmother to Kyle, Erica, Blake and Michael. Regardless of the demands of her profession, Adele always put her family first. She was a wonderful baker and cook and loved that she had hearty consumers in her family (especially big Charlie)! Adele was also proud host to countless Sunday breakfasts for Charlie, Steve and other NY Giants fans who traveled together on a bus to all the Giants home games. Adele watched every game at home rooting for the win. Adele was a world traveler. Together with her husband Charlie, they began as soon as they retired here in the U.S. by traveling to every single state in the country. Then they expanded their trips around the world by visiting all the capital cities across Europe, as well as in Australia and China. They enjoyed many Caribbean cruises too! But what Adele loved most was the “beautiful Jersey Shore” and vacationed with her family in Wildwood Crest at their condo every summer. Adele was a religious person of the Catholic faith and parishioner of the Guardian Angels Church in Edison for almost 70 years. She often volunteered her time with her dear friend Nina Berner at the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home. Adele was a member of both the Edison Elks and Loyal Order of the Moose, Edison Lodge, joining in 1960. Adele was also an active supporter of the Edison Falcons Pop-Warner Football organization, not only with financial and countless cupcake contributions, but by being wife of Head Coach Charlie Searfoss and mother of both her children participating as football player and cheerleader! Adele was also a member of the Edison Garden Club with her dear late friend Mary Lou (Turner) Mooney — where on Friday nights, along with making beautiful flower arrangements, might sneak a glass of Asti Spumante and giggle through the finishing touches on their bouquets! You can’t speak of Adele without, in the same sentence, saying the words polite, professional, pretty, sweet, kind — and her husband’s favorite word for her, “classy”. Adele was also well known for her generous smiles and beautiful blue eyes. Adele will be profoundly missed by her family, friends, dear Edison neighbors (Berners, Valendos, Bavas, Pelicans, Mooneys, Fergusons) and all who knew her throughout the many aspects/decades of her life. She will also be dearly missed by the staff who supported her at The Chelsea in Warren and, most particularly, her companion and health-care aide, Doslin Green, who cared for Adele these past couple of years like her own family member. Adele is predeceased by both her parents; her husband, Charles G. Searfoss, Jr (Charlie); her mother-in-law, Anna (Wagner) Searfoss, and father-in-law, Charles G. Searfoss, Sr.; and her dear sister-in-law, Raffaella (Rae) (Christiano) Koster. She is survived by her son, Steve Searfoss and wife Sandra (Parkhurst) Searfoss of Flemington NJ; daughter, Dianne (Searfoss) Morin and husband Mike Morin of Gillette NJ; her grandchildren, Kyle, Erica, and Blake Searfoss and Michael Morin; her brothers, Eugene (Gene) Koster, Sr., and Raymond (Ray) and his wife JoAnn (Bonanno) Koster; her niece, Linda (Koster) Koye and husband Jim Koye; and her nephews, Gene Koster, Jr. and wife Michelle (Ferraro) Koster, Raymond Koster. Jr. and wife Donna (Carhart) Koster, and Ed Koster and wife Angela (Runfolo) Koster. Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, October 12th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Boylan Funeral Home, 10 Wooding Avenue, Edison. A Prayer Service will be held during visitation hours. Interment will be private. For donations, the family requests to please direct them to the Edison Sheltered Workshop ( — where Adele’s dear late friends Frank, Elaine and Nancy Ferguson had worked to help develop that program for the residents of Edison who needed that support.


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 12, 2023
Boylan Funeral Home Edison
10 Wooding Avenue
Edison, New Jersey, United States
(732) 572-0076
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