Adele Wolkin (April 9, 1918 – December 21, 2015)
“Our beautiful and Dearest Adele went to Meher Baba this morning at 8:35a EST to rest in His embrace after a life well lived. I am playing Victory Unto Thee to her.” –Judy Mangold
Her hospice nurse was present and helped in all details. She looked radiant, and will be cremated by her wish after 3 days, now set for 10 am December 24. Her last hours, though in coma, were flooded by love, light, and song in her room and Baba’s supreme Presence.
Adele Wolkin, 97, was born into a professional family in Brooklyn, N.Y. At 25, while she was following a course in religious and philosophical studies at Columbia University in New York City, her life took a decisive turn. She met three accomplished women and spiritual seekers: Princess Norina Matchabelli, actress and wife of the perfume magnate; Nadine Tolstoy, daughter-in-law of Leo Tolstoy; and Elizabeth Patterson, daughter of Simeon Chapin, one of the founding fathers of Myrtle Beach. This trio had just returned from India where they had been staying in the ashram of their spiritual teacher, Meher Baba. Baba, who later proclaimed Himself to be Avatar of the Age, had given Elizabeth, Nadine and Norina the task of establishing His spiritual home in the West.
After an intensive search, more than five hundred acres of virgin land were found in Myrtle Beach which fulfilled all of Baba’s requirements. Adele and her life long friend, Filis Frederick joined Elizabeth and Norina in preparing the land and building the necessary cabins and roads.
Adele met Meher Baba for the first time in 1952 when He came to visit the Retreat Center they had built. Baba inspired such adoration in Adele that she dedicated her life to spreading his message of Love and Truth.
She became a nurse, and even worked in a hospital in India for a while. She was also a teacher in New York where she was continually active in several Meher Baba Centers there.
In the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s, she did much work to warn young people about the dangers of using drugs, a key part of Meher Baba’s message.
At the end of the 70’s, she moved to Los Angeles where she was an integral part of the Meher Baba Center there. In 2008, she returned to Myrtle Beach to spend her last days near the place so dear to her heart, the Meher Spiritual Center.
In Autumn of 2015, her health declined sharply, and she was admitted to Mercy Care Hospice which attended her expertly until her death in late December.
Adele’s love and humor touched the lives of countless people throughout the world. Her life modeled what it means to love and serve God and had a profound effect on making Avatar Meher Baba’s message accessible to those about her. She will be missed.