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Carl J. Adams Jr.


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Carl J. Adams Jr. Obituary
Adams, Carl J. Jr., Deacon



Deacon Carl J. Adams, Jr., age 70, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque, NM, after a courageous fight with complications from breast cancer. Born March 31, 1946, in New London, CT to parents Carl and Catherine Adams, he graduated from St. Joseph Grammar School in 1960, St. Bernard High School in 1964, and College of the Holy Cross in 1968. Carl married Barbara Betts on November 9, 1968, at St. Mary's Church in New London. He completed two years of Army service, with honorable discharge in 1970.

Carl dedicated much of his life to ministry in the Catholic Church. He was ordained a Catholic deacon in 1999 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, VT. He went on to full-time ministry in Iowa parishes and schools, living by the motto, "Here I am Lord, do with me what you will."

He is survived by Barbara his wife of 48 years; sons Brian and his wife Susan of Albuquerque and Christopher and his partner Dawn O'Connell; and grandson Johnathan of Vermont. Other family members include Carl's brother Stephen and wife Deborah; niece and nephew Melissa and Matthew; his sister Elizabeth (Lisa) Poirier; and nephew Jason of Connecticut.

Services will be held at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church, 8901 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. A Viewing will begin at 10:30am. A Rosary will be recited at 11:30am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon. A Catholic memorial Mass, followed by burial with military honors, will be held in New London, CT, at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice Program, 8300 Constitution Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, in memory of Carl, and to honor the staff and volunteers who lovingly cared for him in his final days. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. NM. 505-343-8008.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 19, 2016
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