ERIE, Pa. — Eli J. Adams, age 85, of Erie, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Erie with his wife by his side.
He was born in Girard on Oct. 10, 1927, the son of the late Stephen J. and Verona K. Licsko Adams. Eli attended St. Mary’s Elementary School, graduated from Conneaut, Ohio High School, Class of 1945 and Gannon College, night classes from 1955 thru 1961. He served in the United States Army.
He was employed at Lord Corporation as a personnel Manager for 25 years and a Manager of Employee Benefits for 13 years.
Eli was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, and active member of the American Legion Post 0742, Fairview, Pa. and a member and officer of the Personnel Association of NWPA. He enjoyed fishing, camping, flower gardening and watching sporting events on TV. Eli also received the Distinguished Service Citizen award in 1965.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Irenen Hazen; a brother, Thomas Adams; and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Adams.
He is survived by wife of 62 years, Betty English Adams ; his brother, James E. Adams and wife Shirley of Sebring, Fla.; his sister, Alice Quinn of Erie; his daughter, Terri L. Lintelman and husband Thomas; two sons, Stephen J. Adams and Robert Adams and his wife Nancy, all of Erie. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Thomas Lintelman and his fiancé Jocelyn Orr, Jessica Francis and husband Jake, Heather Szymcvak and husband Chris and Andrea Herman and husband Jeremi, all of Erie; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at BURTON WESTLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 3801 W. 26th St. at Powell Ave., on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend a prayer service there on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, at 10:00 a.m., with Fr. Ted Marconi as Celebrant. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the John Kanzius Cancer Research, 130 W. 8th St., Erie, Pa 16502.
Obituary and condolences at www.BurtonFuneralHome.com and starbeacon.com.