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Adele Seltzer
April 29, 1937-March 15, 2024
Portola Valley, California

Adele was born in New Jersey on April 29, 1937, to William and Muriel Wishnow and was raised in the Bridgewater, New Jersey with her two sisters, Rhoda and Reba.  She met her husband of 61 years, Ronald Anthony Seltzer, while receiving a BS and MS in Educational Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. Ronald was an intern at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital when they met.  Adele is survived by her two children, Lauren, her husband, Robert Roskoph, and Jeff, his wife Marilyn Hartnett, and her five beloved grandchildren, Adin, Myles, Shayna, Cameron, and Mia. 

Driven by a life-long love of the Arts, Adele returned to school for a Master of Fine Arts at San Jose State University. For more than three decades, she not only taught printmaking and painting, she also worked in the Art Department at Stanford University, taught at Art institutions and established her own design studio as an independent Artist.  Throughout the course of her professional journey, Adele participated in a plethora of group exhibits at institutions throughout the US and in Germany.

Additionally, Adele’s work was featured at solo exhibitions throughout the US from Palo Alto to Chelsea NYC to Washington DC. Adele’s work can be found in many public and private collections in the United States and Europe. For over twenty years her art has been represented by Katherine Markel in NYC, in the Haasner in Germany, and in the SFMOMA Artists Gallery.

In June 2021 Adele was included in the Marquis Who’s Who in America. She has also won accolades from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and was nominated twice for their prestigious SICA award. In addition to her passion as an Artist, she also enjoyed mentoring other artists. She also contributed to her community through her involvement with Together Women Rise, the SLV for the San Francisco Symphony, the Palo Alto Women’s Group and the Smuin Dance Company. Adele’s love of dance and music flowed through her work.

Adele and her late husband, Ron, shared their love for travel with their extended family. Adele cherished her time at the beach and ocean and instilled this love and connection with her children and grandchildren. Her fondest memories are of her time at Stinson Beach, and she is eternally grateful for the family memories, including thirty consecutive Thanksgivings at their second home in Stinson Beach. She truly embodied a life well lived.

Contributions can be made in Adele’s honor to Peninsula Open Space Trust, Silicon Valley League, San Francisco Symphony and or the Palo Alto Art Center.

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