In loving memory of

June 7, 1936 - June 26, 2020

Barbara Jean Adams, 84, of Marquette, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 _ at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living in the presence of her loving family and under the care of U.P. Home Health and Hospice.

Barb was born on June 7, 1936 in Laurium, Michigan, a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Torreano) Menzies and was a graduate of Calumet Public High School.

Barb was formerly employed as a flight attendant with Continental Airlines.

She was a devoted Catholic, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed life and traveling, often referring to herself as a "gypsy." She never missed a sporting event for her children or grandchildren. A very loving and caring person often doting on all of her family. She was an amazing cook with many Italian family dinners at home along with traditional Christmas Eve family gatherings.

She welcomed everyone whether at home or at camp on Lake Independence. Many games of bocce ball and ping pong played where more often than not....she was the champ.

Many might know her as the "town walker" as she would walk her many eight mile routes around the city of Marquette.

She had many sayings whether calling her five children by name or coming up with new additional names i.e.: "Sue, Pete, Lenore." Her children knew to answer whatever name was used.

She was always home to welcome her children back whether as children or as adults. She will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She was an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church including their altar society where she served on the funeral luncheon committee for many years.

A dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ronald Adams; five children, Carrie (Jeff) Magowan, Brad (Becky) Adams, Mary (Karl) Hill, Amy Rantanen, and Tracy (Jim) Klumb all of Marquette; five grandchildren, Taylor Adams, Trevor Adams, Jamie Rantanen, Jack Rantanen, and Jordyn Klumb; four great grandchildren, Avelyn Adams, Nova Glenn, Camille Adams, and Zyan Adams. Preceding her in death besides her parents was a daughter, Lynn Marie Adams and a sister, Carol Negro.

Barb's family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday, July 1st at St. Michael Catholic Church beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial in the church at 12 noon with the Rev. Gregory Heikkala officiating. Entombment will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.

A special thank you goes out to U.P. Home Health and Hospice and the staff at Brookridge Heights. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 in Barb's memory.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Adams family where memories may be shared at


Gary Vargo wrote on Jul 12, 2020:

"Mr. ADAMS, Brad and family I was sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Adam\'s. I do remember her on all our hockey trips Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gary Vargo"

Julie Ottoson Wills wrote on Jul 5, 2020:

"Mrs. Adams was like a second mom to me! She treated us kids with such kindness. She always called me ?love?. She taught me how to make scotcheroos. She raised a wonderful family! My heartfelt sympathy to you all. Julie Ottoson Wills"

Steve savola wrote on Jul 2, 2020:

"To the Adams family - so sorry to read about Barb?s passing.....she was a beautiful lady inside and out! Loved her family so much...... always had that pretty smile when we seen her.....our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.....we lived on Lynn Street for many years.....still miss all our old neighbors.....Steve and Betsy ( Weymouth). Savola"

William M. Jacka Sr wrote on Jul 2, 2020:

"My thoughts and prayers with you all from a classmate at Calumet High - truly a beautiful person and trust all have great memories!"

Maggie johnson wrote on Jul 2, 2020:

"To all the Adams family We were so surprised to see that barb passed away. Our heartfelt sympathy to you all. She will be missed by every one that ever knew barb. I always admired her quiet strength And her kindness to so many. One fond memory is our coaching days with our 10 year old daughters I am also saddened. By the fact that just this morning I saw the obituary. I would have attended services to show our respect to her and the whole Adams family My thoughts and prayers to you all Maggie and Mickey johnson"

Lisa McGowan wrote on Jul 1, 2020:

"To the Adams family, it was a pleasure and an honor to have known Barb. She was a beautiful and elegant lady. She will be. Missed. God bless! "

Rosemary Michelin wrote on Jul 1, 2020:

"Our sincere sympathy to Ron, Carrie, Brad, Mary, Amy and Tracy- The Virch family is saddened to hear of Barb\'s death. She was such a nice lady. The Adams family were good next door neighbors on Lynn St. since the mid 1960\'s. \"What a nice family! \"The heart remembers most what it has loved best. \" We hope those memories will comfort you at this sad time. Margaret, Rosemary. Bill and Julie"

Carolyn Dupras Larson wrote on Jul 1, 2020:

"Adams Family, I was so sorry to hear the news of your Mom. Back in the day, she was everyone?s Mom. She treated us Ike her own,. Thanks for sharing her with us. I have such fond memories of our childhood, softball, basketball or maybe a night at camp. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Carolyn Dupras Larson"

Tricia LaFave-Guidebeck wrote on Jun 30, 2020:

"To all of the Adam?s family. I am so very sorry to read of your moms passing. May all of your memories bring you peace comfort and endless smiles. Thinking of you all. "

Bay Cliff health Camp wrote on Jun 29, 2020:

"On Behalf of Bay Cliff and all of our campers, we would like to thank Barb and her family and friends for their generosity in supporting our work. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."