Catherine Adams

Catherine J. Adams, age 88, of Raytown, MO, passed away November 23, 2015 at her home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Catherine (Cathie) was born on April 26, 1927 in New York City to Otto and Kate Jicha. Cathie was the oldest of four daughters. In 1931 the family moved to Monroe, NY. Growing up in the small family home during the Great Depression under difficult circumstances, she was forever grateful for the hard work, love and support the family provided in making her childhood memorable and rewarding. After graduating from high school, Cathie moved to the New York City area for work where she met Carlo Adams; they were united in marriage in 1948. After a honeymoon in Bermuda, they took up residence in New York City. During the 1950’s, they made their home in New Milford, then Rivervale, NJ. Cathie became a full-time housewife with with the birth of four children over the first nine years of marriage. Carlo’s position with Western Electric presented an opportunity to transfer from the hectic pace of New York City to the relative calm of the Midwest. In 1962 the family moved from Rivervale to their new home in Raytown, where she attended to the raising her children. Cathie and family enjoyed the annual summer vacations back to New York to visit relatives and play at her childhood home in the country or swim in the waters off the Long Island Sound. After Carlo’s retirement in 1982, they enjoyed a relaxed lifestyle which included travel to multiple destinations including Hawaii, San Francisco, New York, Florida and the occasional ocean cruise. After the passing of daughter Kathleen in 1993, Cathie and Carlo selflessly took on the responsibilities of raising Kathleen’s two daughters, Haley and Lacey. Sadly, after 55 years of marriage, Carlo, the love of her life, passed in 2003.
After Carlo’s passing, Cathie continued to enjoy travel with family and socializing with her friends and frequent communications with her sisters in New York. Cathie resided at the family home in Raytown until her passing.
Catherine is now reunited with husband Carlo and daughter Kathleen. She is survived by her sons Ronald, Richard and Mark (MaryAlice) Adams, grandchildren Allison Simon, Haley, Lacey and Ryan Wehner and three great-grandchildren Shane, Brody and Isabella, whom she adored. She also survived by her sisters Marie Jicha, Joan (Henry) Sabini and Muriel Menard of New York.
Catherine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was outgoing, loved life, and never met a stranger. She was very generous, cared for those around her, and was always there to assist those in need. She will be missed.


  1. Claudia Findley Fortney on December 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I’m so sorry, Haley. I remember how much your grandmother meant to you from when you were younger and friends with my sister. Know that she is at peace in heaven and you will see her again one day. Hugs!

  2. Ken and Jennifer Flint on December 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you, Mark and MaryAlice, on your loss.

  3. Mary Brewer on December 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Haley, you know how much I care about her, so I’ll just say that you continue to be in my prayers. God bless. Mary

  4. Skip and Linda Muller on December 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Mark and Mary Alice, Our sympathy to both of you on the passing of Mark’s mother. You are in our thoughts.

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