Longtime ‘Dayton Daily News’ contributor dies


Longtime ‘Dayton Daily News’ contributor dies

Longtime Dayton Daily News contributing writer Adele Koehnen died on Saturday, May 18, at age 91.

She died as the result of a fall, her daughter Elaine Schweller-Snyder said.

“Writing was her whole life,” Schweller-Snyder said. “It really was what kept her going through a lot of things. It stimulated her mind and gave her a way to escape.”

Koehnen was a resident of Kettering and had been a contributing writer for the Dayton Daily News nearly 50 years ago. She wrote primarily for the Neighbors section. A story she wrote appeared just this past Thursday, May 16.

Her daughter said she was happy her mother was able to do what she loved — writing — throughout her entire life. Her mother inspired her to try her hand at writing which she does in her spare time.

“I’ve gotten more into writing because I saw how much joy it brought her,” Schweller-Snyder said.

“Her sudden passing is a blessing in that regard since she was able to be active and productive until the end, yet it is a terrible loss for me and all who knew her,” Schweller-Snyder said.

Koehnen began her career writing for WHIO Radio in the 1940s. She then was hired by the Kettering Oakwood Times in 1956 to be Women’s Editor and write a humor column.

She began writing articles as a stringer for the Dayton Daily News in 1965. Over the years, she has written news and feature stories and a weekly column.

“The longevity of her career is mind-boggling,” her daughter said.

Koehnen was always looking for her next story, her daughter said. Once when she was hospitalized, she noticed clowns from a clown school came to visit patients.

“That would make a great story,” Schweller-Snyder remembers her mother saying.

Koehnen had one more story she was working on at the time of death.

Schweller-Snyder said a memorial Mass at St. Albert the Great would be scheduled for later in the week.

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