Adelaide “Addie” Moonier, 89, of Redwood Falls died Friday, August 17, 2012 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center. Burial was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from Cornerstone Christian Church in Redwood Falls. There will be no visitation prior to the service.
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Adelaide Marion Moonier, the daughter of Rheinhardt and Allona (Albers) Manthei, was born April 26, 1923 in Lake City. Addie grew up in Lake City and received her formal education there. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941 and from St. Cloud Teachers College. Following her graduation from teachers college, Addie taught school in Mapleton.
On August 13, 1945, she married Lt. Richard T. “Dick” Moonier. They lived in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and New York while Dick was a pilot in active service. In 1968, the family moved to Redwood Falls where Dick was elementary principal at Reede Gray School.
Addie was a homemaker, mother, and professional volunteer. She was appointed by three governors to the task force for Minnesota Office of Volunteer Services. Addie assisted in the development of the nationally recognized GUIDE program in Redwood Falls – which paired developmentally disabled individuals with local families, enriching the lives of all involved. She served as state president of MAVO-MN Association of Volunteer Directors and was a member of the Countryside Council on Volunteer Services. Addie served on many advisory boards, but her main concern was “helping people that need a helping hand.” Along those lines, she and a friend organized “Morning Out for Mothers” at their church in the 1980s and were surrogate grandmothers to a dozen young children. Addie was a member of the Philolectian Study Club and Cornerstone Christian Church.
She is survived by her children Mark Moonier of Redwood Falls and Janmarie (Robert) Arendash of South Carolina; five grandchildren; and a host of friends. Addie was preceded in death by her husband Dick in 1991, and one daughter.
In lieu of memorials, Addie requested the following: “This week, go spend an hour at a nursing home visiting a resident. You may not know them and they may not know you – but you will have a good day. God bless you all.”