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Adele Margaret (Rightmer) Haag, 70 of Champaign died on April 20, 2019 after a two-year battle with cancer. She was able to fight through the first round to enjoy more time with her family but sadly succumbed to the disease peacefully at home. Her memorial service, celebration of her life, will be held on Sunday May 5, 2019 from 3 pm - 5 pm at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N Elm St, Champaign.
Adele was born on November 13, 1948 in Trenton, MI. Adele was the daughter of Allen D Rightmer, US Navy, Master Chief Petty Officer on the USS Constellation, and Ruth Hazen Rightmer, a judicial secretary. She spent her formative years moving to many interesting places as her father served in the Navy. She often told stories of their time in Alaska before it was a state. Her family eventually settled in Scottsdale, AZ where Adele graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English Education. While working in the semiconductor industry she met and married Philip J Haag on June 1, 1974. Married for almost 45 years she and her husband had three children and lived in four different states on both sides of the country.
Adele was a longtime manager of The Dress Barn in Champaign. Through her professionalism and hospitality at work, she participated in the Dress for Success program, helped organize local fashion shows and strove for inclusivity for all of her customers with extended shopping hours. In addition, Adele was an ardent supporter and volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Champaign. She was a team captain and an organizer for many years. In addition to leading a team, she created and hosted many fundraisers including a hat show, a craft fair and a tea party. She made many great friendships and made people feel welcome at every turn with her warm smile, her wit and her generous hospitality.
Adele was a strong, spirited and caring woman. She was a beloved mother and wife, and a doting grandmother. She made each one of her children and grandchildren feel like the most loved person in the world. She created adorable seasonal crafts for her family and for fundraisers and made the absolute best cookies. In addition to sewing and baking, Adele enjoyed gardening. She spent many hours planting trees, flowers and cultivating her home landscape.
Her father and mother precede Adele in death. She is dearly missed by her husband of 44 years, Philip J Haag, her children Sarah Dudley (Ryan), Abbey Powell (Kevin), Zach Haag (Jaime), her 9 grandchildren: Parker, Bryce, Tyler, Logan, Carter, Madalynn, Harper, Trent and Quinn, and her brothers Douglas Rightmer, and Jeff Rightmer and her two nieces.
Donations may be sent in Adele's name to the American Cancer Society.
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123