Adeline Ruth Dembowski

By on June 20, 2013

Adeline Ruth Dembowski, 95, of Elburn, passed from this life to her new life on Friday, June 14, 2013, and was reunited with her family that she had missed so much. She had been a resident of Countryside Care Centre for the past three years.

Adeline was born July 21, 1917, in St. Anne, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Caroline (Witthans) Magruder. Raised on the family farm, she delighted in telling stories of threshing the wheat, going to school in a horse and buggy, and helping her mother in the garden. The family eventually sold the farm and moved to Chicago, where Adeline met the love of her life, Stanley “Torps” Demowski.

Adeline and Torps were married in 1940 and lived in Chicago, within blocks of her mother and her siblings. She worked for Kerr Bottling Company for many years. Over the years, Adeline lived in Berwyn, Ill., Lisle, Ill., Naperville, Ill., and finally moved to Elburn to be near her son, Edward, and his family.

Adeline was a tireless worker and was never happier than when she was outside cutting grass (which she did into her 80s) and tending her flowers. Another thing that gave her great pleasure was helping any family member who needed her. There are countless stories of Adeline working in family businesses. She was also always ready to work alongside her family if there was painting, wallpapering, cleaning or yardwork to do. She didn’t wait to be asked, she—just wanted to know what time to be there. Adeline loved to play cards, and whenever she could, the slots. Until her eyesight became poor, she also loved to play bingo.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Caroline Magruder; brothers, Lester Desen, Allen Magruder, Harold Magruder and Alvin Magruder; sister, June Holik; and husband, Stanley Dembowski.

She is survived by her son, Edward (Anna) Dembowski of Elburn; two grandchildren, Stanley (Jennie) Dembowski of Wauconda, Ill., and Darlyne (Tom) Dwyer of Elburn; two-great-grandsons, Ryan Dwyer and Nick Dwyer of Elburn; as well as nieces and nephews that she loved as if they were her own children. Adeline also became “grandma” to Anna’s family and to a host of Generations Day Care children.

The family would like to thank Guiding Light Hospice for the loving care Adeline received. In her last days, the family was so grateful for the way Guiding Light ministered to Adeline and her family as they said goodbye. The family also wants to thank Adeline’s favorite nurse at Countryside, Lon, for going above and beyond his duties; for always doing what was best for Adeline, and for treating her with dignity and love.

Services took place on Tuesday, June 18, at Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, and were followed by a burial at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

Contributions can be made to Guiding Light Hospice, P. O. Box 124, Serena, IL 60549.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.