Kathleen Heck Adams, 54, of Wilkes-Barre passed away following a brief illness on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born June 15, 1958, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Robert E. and Ellen Collins Heck.
Raised in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, Katie was a 1976 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School.
Katie was clinical services manager for Eye Care Specialists, where she worked for the past 26 years.
Katie was a fan of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
She will be greatly missed by her husband of 34 years, Joseph Adams; sisters and brothers, Ellen Ann and her husband, John Romanowski, Londonderry, N.H.; Robert and his wife, Lisa Heck, Purcellville, Va.; Barbara and her husband, Ralph Evans, Ashley; Thomas Heck, Naples, Fla.; Maureen and her husband, James Beilman, Hawley; Michele and her husband, Kevin Kane, Wilkes-Barre; Rhea and her husband, James Lambert, Brandon, Fla.; and Bill and his wife, Barbara Heck, Lawrenceville, Ga.; sister- and brothers-in-law, Barbara and her husband, John Yudin, Hudson; Pete and his wife, Rhonda Adams, and Jim and his wife, Christine Adams, Wilkes-Barre; and her many nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart.
Katie's entire family extends thanks to her health care providers for their kindness and compassion, and all of the family and friends for their prayers and sympathies.
A celebration of Kathleen's life will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin's − The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of Holy Saviour in East End. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the Wyoming Valley Children's Association, 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704-4003.
Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Kathleen's family at www.celebrateherlife.com