Bernice J. Adams

October 29, 1935December 20, 2013
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Bernice Joyce Adams age 78 of Sterling Heights, Mi passed away on December 20th, 2013. She was born on October 29, 1935 in Detroit Michigan the daughter of Francis and Evelyn (Jaquin) Bernard. Her father passed when she was a little girl and her mother remarried Thomas Garavaglia. She has one sister June and one half brother Thomas. While growing up in Detroit she enjoyed her entire summers on McDonald Island. After graduating from Denby High School she joined the Navy where she met her future husband Leonard Layton Adams. They were married June 8th 1957 and had two sons Leonard Adams Jr. (Brenda), Keith and one daughter Kimberly Spencer (Dave). She was widowed in 1963 and left to raise three young children on her own. She devoted herself to her children and was involved in all to aspects of their lives coaching sports teams, leader of their boy and girl scouts and most important to her, traveling to Pennsylvania to insure that they would know their fathers family. She accomplished this all while working full time and going to Macomb Community College and enjoying playing ball herself. She graduated with an associate’s degree in legal law. She was along time employee of Ray White Electric in St. Clair Shores where her career in the UAW started by becoming a Union Stewart, later to develop into many leader positions such as President of UAW Local 417 where she retired from as Financial Secretary. She was a board member for Coop Optical. Loved to go on annual gambling trips with her close friends and most of all she was a proud grandma to Nichole, Stephanie, Ashley and Sara. Step grandma to Jimmy. Great Grandma to Alyssa, Maria and Alena. Donations may be directed to Beaumont Health System, Heart and Vascular program. Visitation will be Friday, December 27, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. Funeral service will be in the funeral home on Saturday December 28 at 12 p.m. after two hours of visitation. Donation instructions: Please send checks made out to the Beaumont Foundation to 3711 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073. Please either include a short note indicating the gift is in memory of Bernice Adams and for the Cardiology Research Fund. A note on the memo line will work just as well. A memo line note might look like this: IMO Bernice Adams for Cardiology Research.

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  • Visitation Friday, December 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 28, 2013

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December 23, 2014

I'm very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hands. May God continue to comfort your family (Psalm 9:9,10).

December 30, 2013

I met Bernie coaching Softball in the 80's. She was a great help with our program. I am sorry for your loss.

Larry Memmer East Detroit Softball

December 28, 2013

To the sorry for your loss....I will never forget her. May she rest in peace.

Bill Poirier

Allen Woodside

December 28, 2013

In sympathy for Bernie's family: We are deeply sorry to learn that Bernice has passed away. She was a lovely lady who was always friendly, cheerful and good-hearted, not to mention so many other endearing attributes that always made her a joy to be around. She was indeed an extraordinary person whom we will sorely miss, but always remember. ~ Al & Jean

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~ Thomas Campbell

Stephanie LaRosa

December 28, 2013

Dan and Kathy Jacek

December 27, 2013

Kim and Dave, We heard about your loss last night at the lodge. We are so sorry and please know we are thinking about you and our hearts go out to you.

Diane (Reed) McCauley

December 27, 2013

To the family of Bernie Adams, my condolences and sympathy. It has been years since I have seen Bernie. I have such positive memories of her during my childhood, she coached myself and friends softball team. When we talk about those days Bernie Adams name still comes up and how great of an impact she had on our lives. Thank You! Bernie Adams... rest in peace.

Sue & Bill Balogh

December 27, 2013

Kimmers , Although we only met her in recent years , the positive influence and determination she has passed on you is obvious , we've enjoyed all your stories & memories of her , particularly the "softball " playing and coaching years and all the trials & tribs endured . Our most reverent condolences to the entire family . Always hold on to those memories .

Bonnie Massie

December 26, 2013

I loved Bernie. She was like a second mother to me. I will greatly miss her. We had a lot of fun at the cottage. She told some great and funny stories. It's a great relief to know she is without pain, and with her maker in heaven. God Bless you Bernie. I will always love you!

Kim Spencer

December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas Mom, I miss u so much, yet I feel relieved that you are no longer in pain. Thank you for all you have done through out my life, I would have to write a novel to explain everything. Rest in Peace, You were my rock, my best friend and I will be looking to the heaven above the rest of my days for your continued guidance and support.
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