Longtime ‘Dayton Daily News’ contributor dies

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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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