Kathleen Heck Adams, 54, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away following a brief illness on Wednesday at 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. She 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 husband John Romanowski, Londonderry, N.H.; Robert and wife Lisa Heck, Purcellville, Va.; Barbara and husband Ralph Evans, Ashley; Thomas Heck, Naples, Fla.; Maureen and husband James Beilman, Hawley; Michele and husband Kevin Kane, Wilkes-Barre; Rhea and husband James Lambert, Brandon, Fla., and Bill and wife Barbara Heck, Lawrenceville, Ga.; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barbara and husband John Yudin, Hudson; Pete and wife Rhonda Adams, and Jim and 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 to all of the family and friends for their prayers and sympathies.
Celebration of Kathleen's life will be held Monday at 9 a.m. from McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of Holy Saviour in East End. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Township. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to Wyoming Valley Children's Association, 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704-4003.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Kathleen's family at www.celebrateherlife.com.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 15, 2013