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.