Adeline Chase Kamke Cook

Adeline Chase Kamke Cook Rushville - "Addie Chase" passed away, surrounded by her family, on Aug. 19, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Cook; brother, Pierce (Liz) Kamke of Buffalo, N.Y.; two children, Christopher (Jennifer) Cook of Virginia Beach, Va., and Adeline (Kurt) Rudolph of Canandaigua; and stepmother, Teresa Kamke of Winter Park, Fla. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Erich and Adeline (Addie) Rudolph and Morgan and Elijah Cook; beloved brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and many dear friends and relations near and far. She was predeceased by her mother, Adeline Chase Pierce Kamke; and father, Allen Kenwin Kamke of East Aurora, N.Y. Addie Chase was an alumna of East Aurora High School, Sweet Briar College and Canisius College. She was a remarkable primary, secondary and college English and drama teacher for almost 50 years and an inspiration to every student she taught. She produced two dramas; wrote state curricula; founded an elementary art history program; and trained thousands of students in appropriate grammar and writing skills. Committed to preserving and improving the world around her, Addie Chase helped save and restore the historic Palmer House in Crystal Lake, Ill., and served as the national tour speaker and a garden guide for Sonnenberg Gardens. She surrounded the stunning spaces she called home with extensive gardens, artwork and unique celebrations. Under the pseudonym "Kent", she painted in watercolor and oil (including the murals in the former Lincoln Hill Inn) and sculpted in bronze before co-founding the former Gallery on Main Street in Canandaigua. An avid reader, artist and historian, she deeply loved her family and pets. Addie Chase knew how to laugh at herself and find something breathtaking in each day she greeted. She shared her joy, love, laughter and unique perspective with every person she encountered and will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved her. She made the world fun. There will be no calling hours. Her memorial service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 58 N. Main St., Canandaigua. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sonnenberg Gardens 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, NY 14424; Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450; or First Congregational Church, Historic Building Preservation Fund, 58 N. Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., Canandaigua. Condolences may be offered at

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