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Sylvia Sue Schwarz Adams

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Sylvia Sue Schwarz Adams, 71, of Wilmette, Illinois, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at her home after a long illness with ovarian cancer, surrounded by her family. Born in Salina, Kansas, she was the daughter of the late Philip Daniel Schwarz and Faye Margaret Donald Schwarz. Mrs. Adams graduated in 1959 from Abilene High School, Abilene, Kansas, and then earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas University. Following graduation, Mrs. Adams began a 47 year career in advertising as writer and creative director, working for many prominent agencies. With her husband of 46 years, Phillip G. Adams, of Wilmette, who survives, she was a principal at PS&A Communications. Mrs. Adams was a recipient of the Clio Award and many other national awards for creativity. She was devoted to actively managing her family farm near Solomon, Kansas. Mrs. Adams' longtime contributions to the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition on behalf of children exposed to trauma and violence received the Outstanding Institutional Leadership Award from Yale University. Mrs. Adams also served as board member and Vice President of the New Foundation Center, Northbrook, Il. Mrs. Adams was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Winnetka for 28 years. Her particular interest was adult formation. Along with her husband, survivors include her children, Elizabeth Adams Atkinson (Robert) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Nicholas Adams (Ana Atanasio) of Chicago; and Joshua Adams (Lauren Teukolsky) of Los Angeles; and grandchildren, Margaret Atkinson; Eric and Ana Sophia Adams; Noah and Amelia Adams; sister, Nancy Schwarz Winslow (Elvin) of Kettering, Ohio; nephews Steve Winslow (LeAnn), DeSoto, Kansas and Phil Winslow (Charlene), Centerville, Ohio. Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her brother, Philip Joseph. Burial was Sunday, Nov. 18, at Christ Church cemetery. A memorial service and concert at Christ Church was held Monday, Nov. 19. The family wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, Glenview, Il. Memorial contributions may be made on her behalf to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (ovarian.org), or the Haskell Foundation, benefitting Haskell Indian Nations University (Haskell.edu).


Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2012
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