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Barbara Anna D'Adamo


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Barbara Anna D'Adamo
On July 8, 2016 Barbara Anna D'Adamo, age 81, passed away peacefully after a long battle with COPD and emphysema. Barbara fought this hideous disease with fortitude and realism, fully aware of the outcome of years of smoking. Barbara was born in New York City on February 26, 1935 to Elizabeth and Anton Butter. From the age of two, she was raised by her loving mother, a German immigrant, who worked numerous jobs to support her only child. A life-long desire to help others led Barbara to a career in nursing. She spent 35 years working in the neo-natal intensive care units at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York and St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, taking care of the most vulnerable babies. On St. Patrick's Day 1955 she had her first date with Guido (the man with the unusual name) who would become her soul mate. They fell in love and had the relationship that most people only dream of; one of unconditional love, respect, support, joy and fun. Despite her small stature and genteel ways, Barbara possessed a strength and determination that was unmatched. She was the glue that held the family together following the tragic death of their son Mark at age 24. Barbara had many passions in life. First and foremost was her husband and family, and she defined family very broadly. She was an amazing cook and loved preparing culinary masterpieces for family and friends. Having dinner at the D'Adamo home was straight out of a movie -- loud exchanges of ideas, political and religious discussions, many politically incorrect conversations, hearty laughter and always plenty of wine. And, no one enjoyed wine more than Barbara, an appreciation she passed down to her sons and grandchildren. Barbara was a deeply religious woman who lived her Catholic faith in so many ways. She loved saying the Rosary, believed in the power of Novenas and knew the appropriate Patron Saint for almost anything. Barbara was a voracious reader and devoured books, magazines, the daily newspaper and even catalogues. An afternoon tradition was watching Judge Judy over a glass of wine. She loved Las Vegas and was always on a quest for the perfect video poker machine. Once COPD made it too difficult to walk long distances, Barbara became an expert navigating the scooter from casino to casino on Fremont Street. Barbara is survived by Guido, her loving husband of 60 years; sons Chris (Janet) and Gene (Debbie); seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visitation from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. with Rosary from 6:30 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th Street, Phoenix. The family would like to thank the wonderful ICU nurses at Banner University Medical Center and the angels at Hospice of the Valley's Ryan House. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or Banner Alzheimer's Foundation.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 13, 2016
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