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Adelaide L. Guernelli

October 7, 1931 - December 16, 2017


Brunswick-Adelaide Lugo Guernelli age 86 of Willow Grove died December 16th at The Governor King Assisted Living Facility in Topsham. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico October 7th, 1931 daughter of and Emilio Lugo and Leonore Suarez-Lugo. She attended schools in San Juan and received a doctorate in Modern Languages.

On October 5, 1964 she married Giovanni Guernelli. She was predeceased by Giovanni on January 4, 2004.

Adelaide was a professor at several Universities in New York City for 35 years and was a published author, poet and lecturer.  She enjoyed reading, writing poetry and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of People’s Plus and Maine Pines where she enjoyed exercising and socializing.

Surviving is her only child, Gianelia(John) Guernelli and his wife Karen of Brunswick. Two brothers Edwin and Mickey of Florida. She also leaves behind 4 grandchildren; Hanna, Evan, Luke and Gia.

A service will be announced at a later date. Spring interment will be in Growstown Cemetery, Brunswick. 

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick where memorial condolences may be expressed at

Bibiana Hernández Suárez
Mi amada prima-hermana, Adelaida Socorro Lugo Suárez, a quien nuestra abuela llamaba cariñosamente "Puruca", nunca morirá porque para siempre su recuerdo permanece en mi corazón. Nació y se crió en el barrio de Puerta de Tierra, de lo cual siempre estuvo muy orgullosa. Buena hija, buena esposa, buena madre y abuela, y agradezco a Dios cada enseñaza y cada consejo que me dio desde que yo era muy niña, y tanto que me quiso ella, y también Giovanni y Gian. No es un hasta siempre ni hasta luego porque no me despido. Nunca te has ido ni te irás. Tu recuerdo, tus lágrimas y tu risa, tu inteligencia e inspiración, serán mi perenne compañía. Te amo y siempre te amaré.
Jim and Sandra Carslick
Our deepest sympathies Dr.Guernelli to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Guest
Adelaide leaves the most beautiful memories with me. As her neighbor for her last 3 years at Willow Grove she greeted me each time as if I were her best friend. She would smile and hug me always adding a big kiss on my cheek. My favorite memory was watching her dance and sing to her beautiful Spanish songs as she floated around her living room. I want all of her family to know that she was loved and admired. I had no idea of her accomplishments until I read her obituary. She was a remarkable woman! John, Karen and family, I am sorry for your loss. ߘ?
Willow. Grove community
Adelaide’s friends at Willow Grove remember her smiling face, her care for her neighbors, and the delicious food she brought to our pot lucks. We are keeping you in our thoughts at this difficult time.
Donna Lathrop
Our deepest condolences for the loss of your mother Dr. Guernelli. Sending prayers to you and your family. A mother's love and life lessons will always be with their children.