A Celebration of Life
in life we love you dearly, in death we do the same.
Born in Harlem, New York, Adele Johnson was a remarkable human being. She lived a full life as a dedicated homemaker, mother, grandmother, arts educator, and mentor. She made her peaceful transition on August 22, 2020, surrounded by family.
Information & Services
BURIAL: Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale.
MODIFIED ARRANGEMENTS. As we all continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to come together in person and grieve in typical ways has been affected. A painful consequences of this global health crisis is that friends and families are forced to stay apart during this challenging time.
As an alternate way to connect and safely grieve our mother, mentor, and friend, we broadcasted the services.
LIVE-STREAMERS. Thank you for your LOVE and support.
MEMORIAL. In the future, when social distancing guidelines are less restrictive and when it is safe for us to come together and offer support to each other, we will memorialize Adele Johnson.
We, her children will provide you with the opportunity to say goodbye and to celebrate her life. We will host a community event to remember our mother and will keep you informed (via this page) with further updates.
Thank you and please be safe.
Adele Johnson's School of Performing Arts
Her impact on the cultural world of the performing arts is undeniable. She leaves a distinguished record from a life dedicated to the arts and her community.
Upon moving to Uniondale, New York, and in response to her concern for the development of young people, she opened her first dance studio at her residence.
In 1964, when the World’s Fair came to Flushing Meadows in Queens, Adele’s championship dance group, The Adele Johnson Rhythmaires, received special invitations to perform weekly at the New York State Pavilion. A certificate of appreciation from the New York State Commission was presented to her by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.
The studio maintained exclusive engagements with both the Bahamian and Bermudian governments. Her students traveled to Grand Bahama and to Bermuda by invitation.
In 1967 Adele Johnson’s School of Performing Arts opened, making Adele Johnson Long Island’s first African American owner of a dance studio. Her first studio was on Main Street in Freeport. In 1976 the studio moved to the former Arthur Murray Studios at 285 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead.
Class offerings included drama, martial arts, music, gymnastics, exercise, and, of course, dance in tap, ballet, African, modern, and jazz.
Each year in June, the dance season culminated with an annual showcase recital held at various venues on Long Island and New York City.
Other Noble Works
In addition to owning a dance school, volunteering as a lunch aide at her own children’s schools, and actively serving as a community leader, Adele worked for 17 years at her local supermarket, first as a cashier then as a supervisor.
Later, she was employed, for almost 30 years, at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility as a nurse’s aide. She worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift so she could be at home during the day for her children.
Slim & Trim Exercise
Adele wrote her own rules. She was renowned for not holding back and for telling it like it was. She taught her children well and instilled in them a spirit of wisdom. She kept one and all in line through the school of hard knocks.
her memory we shall always keep.
Adele is survived by her children, Mary Louise, Stanley, Kevin, Avis, Laurie, Lisa, Leslie, Jeanette, and by lots of grands and great-grands. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and by a son, David.
September 4, 2020
Adele received countless cultural arts awards, citations, letters of recognition, and certificates of appreciation from community leaders, county commissioners, NAACP officials, and state representatives. She was also showcased in newspaper articles and made television appearances.
What Say You?
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