Eli J. Adams, age 85, of Erie, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Erie, with his wife by his side. He was born in Girard on October 10th, 1927, the son of the late Stephen J. and Verona K. Licsko Adams. Eli attended St. Mary's Elementary School, graduated Conneaut, Ohio High School, Class of 1945 and Gannon College, night classes from 1955 through 1961. He was employed at Lord Corporation, as a personnel Manager, for 25 years, and a Manager of Employee Benefits, for 13 years. He served in the United States Army. Eli was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, and an 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 his 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. He is further survived by five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 W. 26th Street, at Powell Ave., on Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 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, Celebrant. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the John Kanzius Cancer Research, 130 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16502. Send condolences at www.BurtonFuneralHome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 24, 2013