On June 2nd, 2009, having exceeded her 'expiration date' by several years, Astrid Louise Adie decided to embark on the ultimate journey of her amazing and wonderful life, and take her rightful place in the flock of God's angels.
Magnus and Mathilde Dahlin were living in Brooklyn, NY, on a work visa for a short duration in 1923 when Astrid was born. A brief time later they returned to Grimstad, Norway, where Astrid was raised. Surrounded by loving brothers, sister, cousins, aunts and uncles this young athlete thrived, playing championship city league handball and gymnastics. Rowing to the village across the fjord in summer with her big brother, or swimming with big siblings and cousins, skiing or kick sledding to school and playing all kinds of ball games filled her childhood days. Father, cousins and uncles built beautiful wooden boats in the shed nearby. As the large family all participated on the family farm so did Astrid, caring for the chickens, cows and pigs, or helping grandmother spin yarn. Everything was an adventure and led her into a lifetime of discovery and appreciation of nature. Mother and grandmother held a deep faith and paved the way for a lifelong commitment to her religion. Yet when the snow was good her parents would give them all permission to go skiing together, missing church. “God is in the forest, too,” they would say. And as all good Norwegians, the belief that there’s no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing, the family spent much its time outdoors, year ‘round.
Sadly she also lived through the German occupation of Norway which left many with struggles. But music and family sustained them all, instilling in her a never ending love of joyful music.
She and young son, Klaus, met and married handsome Bill from Scotland in Norway after WWII and decided to embark on an adventure to the US. The roundabout way took them first to Trinidad where Louise was born, on to Canada, then into the States where Susan was born.
Working years had them moving from Richmondville, NY, to Trumansburg, which to the young couple reminded them of their Norwegian home; Cayuga Lake reminiscent of a fjord and the gorge and woods surrounding their first home here recalling fond memories of the Norwegian forests.
The move to Trumansburg gave her a strong sense of the community she left behind, embracing this small village all the while building lasting bonds with an every changing community. She loved Trumansburg and all in it who helped her on her journey while she was a mom, wife, friend, grandmother, employee and neighbor.
Family and community were most important to Astrid. She was a patient and loving mother while she struggled often to do it on her own and as a woman who worked outside the home.
She is famous for knitting exquisite Norwegian sweaters, her cheerful gardens and how she embraced anyone and everyone who came her way.
As a Mom and Grandma, she always stood beside her children and grandchild ren to help guide and give a loving hand along the sometimes tough road of life.
Astrid dedicated herself to keeping people connected through her many years working at Tompkins Trust Company in Trumansburg. As a teller she guided young and old in the village to help with their accounting or finances enjoying watching the children with their school bank accounts grow, as well as grow into fine young people in colleges or careers and then returning to the bank or community with their own children.
As a member of the Presbyterian church she worked together with other members to support the youth of the church and everyone else who attended. In return she received their loving support and undying friendship. It was here and through her weekly participation in church that she cultivated many lifelong friendships. For fifty two years she and her husband, Bill, sat in the same pew together.
In her spare time Astrid was known also for sailing, travel and reading. But mostly she was dedicated to loving and supporting her children and spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
With grace and dignity Astrid radiated joy and hope to all she knew with an inner glow that defied hard times. She touched many, many lives in her time on earth.
Astrid was predeceased by her father Magnus, mother Mathilde, sister Signe, brothers Helge and Knut Eric and husband, Bill.
Surviving Astrid are son Klaus (Char) Adie, daughters Susan (Brad) Adie-Stahl, Louise Adie; grandchildren Tristin (Michael) Adie Ware, Leith Adie, Brad Adie and Stacy (David) Skipper; grandchildren Justin, Mathew, Tula and Katelyn.
A Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 E. Main St., Trumansburg. For the service friends are asked to wear something red, her favorite color.