|Death: ||Aug. 21, 2011|
Eve Adalsteinsson, 57, a writer and homemaker from Kennett Square, died of cancer on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at The Neighborhood Hospice of the Chester County Hospital.
Mrs. Adalsteinsson had a varied professional and volunteer career that spanned decades.
She started as a photo-journalist in Boston, but later contributed free-lance features in newspapers locally, in Canada, and in Europe. She worked as a vice president of communications, an "English as a Second Language" and Spanish instructor, manager of a cross-cultural communication group, and performed as a singer during the '70s.
Her volunteerism included running the Citizens' Advisory Council (CAC), representing 11,000 students in Delaware, serving on dozens of educational committees, leading cultural workshops and seminars, involvement with political campaigns, and much more.
Mrs. Adalsteinsson was diagnosed with an advanced case of breast cancer in 1996. She wrote a paperback using a pen name about her experience, but primarily made herself available to speak with other women who developed cancer. Through the years, she was contacted by hundreds of these women who counted on her knowledge and humor to cope with their illnesses.
In addition to her numerous accomplishments, Mrs. Adalsteinsson was known among family and friends for her extraordinary wisdom, strength and humor, and for her generosity in sharing these qualities with everyone around her.
One of Mrs. Adalsteinsson's most remarkable attributes was her empathetic nature. She always made it apparent how deeply she cared about her family and friends, and provided them with valuable guidance, perspective and cheer.
Her amazing character made Mrs. Adalsteinsson an inspiration to those who knew her.
She enjoyed travel and was fluent in several languages.
Mrs. Adalsteinsson was graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in public communication from Boston University in 1976. She received her master's degree from Miami University of Ohio in 1978, focusing on cross-cultural communication.
Her greatest joys, however, were her husband and children. Each year, they tried to plan family outings across the United States, while still often visiting her husband's relatives in Iceland.
Mrs. Adalsteinsson met then-Vice President Al Gore on a trip to Yellowstone. While others wanted autographs, she pleaded with him to fund more cancer research.
She had a capacity to attract and be able to communicate with an amazing range of people of all backgrounds.
She also was grateful for the closeness she had with friends, such as her own oncologist and his wife, and many others who constantly offered her their friendship and support.
Mrs. Adalsteinsson is survived by her husband, Orn; three children, Bryndis, Solny and Viktor; a son-in-law, Brian; and a granddaughter, Khloe. Additionally, she is survived by her parents; three sisters and their spouses; a niece, and a nephew.
She is deeply loved and remembered fondly by all family and friends.
According to Mrs. Adalsteinsson's wishes, there will not be a funeral or service.
Also, in lieu of flowers or other responses, donations may be made in Mrs. Adalsteinsson's memory to the Cancer Center of Chester County, 440 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380. The center uses funds to enhance and create patient support programs.
Published in Daily Local News on August 26, 2011
Created by: Jeff Pincin Sr.
Record added: Aug 25, 2011
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