John Thomas Adelsberger, 89, of Marysville died unexpectedly Monday morning at Memorial Hospital.

He farmed with his dad and raised his family in Madison County after graduating from Monroe High School in Plumwood in 1947.  He also owned and operated Adelsberger Trucking. 

He was a caring, giving man who expressed his love and gratitude and was known for his quick wit, hearty laugh, green thumb and generosity. 

Through the years, he volunteered with several organizations:  St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg, 4-H leader with the Monroe Winners, Madison County Senior Fair Board of 17 years, Madison County Lions Club, Windsor and Community Seniors, Inc. in Marysville and the Monroe Alumni Association.

In recent years, he was best known for his planting and maintaining beautiful flowers at sites all over Marysville including his current parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

He was born Oct. 21, 1929 at the family home to the late Ralph and Nellie Adelsberger.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan A. Dew Adelsberger; a son, Paul Adelsberger; a great-granddaughter, Abbigale Hollar; and a brother, Ralph Adelsberger.

Known as Johnny, Dad, Grandpa, Pappy John and “Berger,” he will be sadly missed by his children, JoAnn (David) Dhume, Jane Adelsberger, Phil (Bridget) Adelsberger; step-children, Lori (Rob) Graber, Robert “Bubba” (Annette) Parsons, Doug (Joyce) Parsons, Vicki (Tom) Greco, John “Jack” (Theresa) Parsons; 23 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, brother, Jim (Anne) Adelsberger and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Father Kevin Kavanagh officiating.  Burial will be held at the Somerford Cemetery in Summerford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Building Fund, the Union County Cancer Society or the Union County Humane Society, all in care of the funeral home.

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