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Adeline Bengston, 84, Longtime Ridgefield Resident

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Adeline M. Bengtson, a longtime resident of Ridgefield, died June 11. She was 84.

A memorial service for the former Ridgefield telephone company operator and business owner will take place at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury at a date to be announced.

She was born May 12, 1928, in Ozone Park, Queens, the only daughter of Emily Schaefer and Richard Meyer. Bengtson attended P.S. 108 Elementary School and John Adams High School. She was Grand Worthy Advisor of the New York State chapter of the Order of Rainbow for Girls in 1948. She stayed involved with the Order of Rainbow for several decades and organized annual conventions for the New York State chapter.

She married Fredrick Bengtson on April 30, 1950, and they traveled during their first years of marriage to Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado before settling in Queens. They moved to Ridgefield in 1964, where they raised their three children.

In 1974, Bengtson started working as an operator for Southern New England Telephone Co. Her career spanned 19 years in various positions, including residential and business customer representative, union shop steward and United Way liaison for four years.

Bengtson went on to co-own a flower store and boat management businesses through the 1980s. She was assistant leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop in the 1960s and an active member of First Congregational Church.

She later joined the West Redding Unitarian Universalist Society, where she remained a member of the congregation after it moved to Danbury. Bengtson volunteered at Danbury Hospital and was active in various human rights movements.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Bruce) Mihalik, of Cleveland, and Diana (Dale) Robertson, of Ridgefield; a son, Eric (Liz Cooper) Bengtson, of Newtown, and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Fredrick I. Bengtson.

Memorial donations can be made to the Women's Center of Greater Danbury or the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury. Cornell Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

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