Adele Sternberg

  • Died: November 26, 2018
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Saloom-Rega Funeral Service

730 W Main St
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
Tel. (724) 547-2122

Tribute & Message From The Family

Adele Sternberg 86 of Mount Pleasant passed away Monday November 26, 2018 at Country Meadows of Allentown Retirement Center. 

Adele was born in Butler, PA to Carl and Nettie (Caplan) Moritz on June 9, 1932.  She attended Taylor Allderdice High school, and graduated with a B.A in Business  Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  She married Dr. A Hershel Sternberg in 1953, an Optometrist from Connellsville, and the couple lived in Mount Pleasant where they had three daughters.   She was very involved as a hospital volunteer at Frick Hospital and at Tree of Life synagogue in Mount Pleasant where she was the superintendent of the religious school.  After being widowed in 1972 at age 40, Adele returned to the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a Master's in distributive education and did PhD work in vocational rehabilitation.  She also spent many years as a substitute teacher in the Mount Pleasant School System. She later became the director of the ACT 101 program at Westmoreland Community College where she chaired many activities and served on numerous boards.    In 1981 she accepted a position as the Director of Education and Institutional Development at the Hiram G. Andrews Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown, an educational facility of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.  There, she researched and designed curriculum and wrote grants to fund vocational programs for post-secondary students with physical and mental disabilities.

The daughter of Russian immigrants, she was instilled with a deep appreciation for education, was an avid reader and a current events "junkie".   Adele never met a stranger and told all she met to call her any time -- except when Jeopardy! was on. Adele enjoyed writing witty poetry for friends and was usually on call for difficult crossword puzzles. Always up for an adventure, Adele was a traveler, enjoyed the company of many friends, and as of late could often be found around a bingo table or feeding coins into a slot machine, and often winning.  She never missed a family event and her greatest joy was sharing her family's "mitzvahs".

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Dr. A. Hershel Sternberg.  Adele is survived by her brother, Silbert Moritz of Pittsburgh, three daughters, Marcy Reichgott (Sam) of Allentown, PA; Ellie Sternberg Lastinger (Allen) of Huntsville, AL; and Judy Herman (Howard) of New Providence, NJ; four grandchildren: Dalea Reichgott, Noah Herman, Sadie Reichgott and Sydney Herman, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were like family to her.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday November 28 from 4 - 7 pm at Saloom-Rega Funeral Service, 730 West Main Street Mt. Pleasant where services will be held at 10AM Thursday November 29.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jewish Family Services of Lehigh Valley or the Sally and Howard Levin Clubhouse in Pittsburgh. Please visit Adele's online memorial at to sign the condolence guestbook.  Richard Rega, funeral director


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thank you for the reminder--Adele is in my thoughts!

Posted by N. Andre (Dre) Rega - Mount Pleasant, PA - friend   November 21, 2019

Dearest Judy;

It's been a very long time since I've seen you, but had to send a note of condolence on the passing of your mother. She was such a class act. I know the Elsbury's loved her. I hope all is well with the rest of your family. Darren is still Darren, and continues to make everyone laugh. God Bless.

Shelly Case Rimel

Posted by Shelly Case - Rimel - Mount Pleasant, PA - Family Friend   December 09, 2018

From teaching me "situational ethics" in Sunday school at the synagogue in Mt. Pleasant to helping me (many years later) to snap out of despair about writing my doctoral dissertation with "reality therapy", Adele has been a wonderful influence in my life for many years.

I will miss her and send my sympathy and love to Marcy, Ellie, and Judy.

Posted by Janet Levin - Santa Monica, CA - Friend   December 05, 2018

There must be a limerick and so,

There once was a gal named Adele,
Her virtues I'm happy to tell.
She was smart, she was sassy
She was generous and classy
And her poetry was truly--NOBEL!

There is less sparkle in the world with your passing, my friend.

Posted by Kathy Howanek - Johnstown, PA - Friend   November 29, 2018

I fondly remember Adele during her time at Hiram G. Andrews when she was the Director of Education. She interviewed me when I was about 7 months pregnant and thought my chances of landing a job as vocational instructor were slim to none. But she hired me and helped me fulfill my wish to work with people with disabilities. I loved her strength and ability to perform her job as a woman at a time when not many women had positions of authority. She had a big heart and I will forever appreciate her faith in my ability to do my job. Eventually I became the Director of Education and remember her in the same office. I would not have had that opportunity if she had not hired me in the first place.

Posted by Barbara Petersen - Johnstown, PA - Coworker   November 29, 2018

My condolences to your family. Adele was a joy to work with at WCCC. She did a wonderful job moving the Act 101 program forward and supporting students with academic needs. And she was fun to be with! Siincerely, Mary Stubbs

Posted by Mary Stubbs - Latrobe, PA - Coworker   November 29, 2018

I knew Adele through my mother, Susan Shincovich, who worked for her at the Hiram G. Andrews Center. Adele was so matter of fact, so good with people, and so vivacious and quick to laugh. She always made me feel like I was exactly the person she wanted to be talking with. In about 2002 when I was living in Shadyside, Adele took me out for a drink near Pitt's campus. This is my favorite memory of her: us having great martinis and conversation in a campus bar. She went out of her way to make time for me after a long day running errands in Pittsburgh. I truly enjoyed her company! Adele was a great lady and a great inspiration.

Posted by Ann Shincovich - Tobyhanna, PA - Friend   November 29, 2018

Condolences to your family. I have many fond memories of your beautiful Mother.

Posted by Tricia DePalma Michal - Greensburg, PA - Friend   November 29, 2018

When I think of Adele, I always remember her zest for life. Her New Year's Day parties were something everyone look forward to. My deepest sympathy to Adele's family.

Posted by Michaelene McWhinney - Greensburh, PA - Friend   November 28, 2018

So sorry to hear. Our condolences to all three girls It was a pleasure knowing and working with Adele She will be sorely missed. Judith & Donald

Posted by Donald & Judith Pripstein - Austin, TX - Friend   November 28, 2018


I am so sorry for your loss. It was such a privilege to get to know Adele by doing her hair this last year and half. She was truly a remarkable woman and will always have a place in my heart.

Posted by Amanda Riddle    November 28, 2018

Dear Marcy, Ellie, and Judy,
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your families at the loss of your very special Mom and Grandmother. I'm so glad to have known her as a boss and mentor for eight years and a dear friend for much longer. Her personality and loving heart makes her irreplaceable in our lives and we will miss her very much. Our sincere condolences, Jim and Susan Shincovich

Posted by Susan (and Jim) Shincovich - State College, PA - Friend   November 28, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Adele at Hiram G Andrews in the Education department. She was always so upbeat and nice to me. I will remember her fondly. Prayers and condolences to the family.

Posted by Phyllis Kimmell - Johnstown, PA - Coworker   November 28, 2018

Dear Marcy and family,
I was so sad to hear of your MOTHER'S passing...what a wonderful person! Please accept my deepest condolences.
N.Andre "Dre" Rega

Posted by Neal Andre Rega - Mount Pleasant, PA   November 28, 2018