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Jean M Carpenter Adams
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1935
Death: Aug. 3, 2009

Jean M. Adams

ALTAMONT — A hard-working but fun-loving woman who put family first, Jean M. Adams is remembered by her children as generous and caring.

She died on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, after a long illness. She was 74.

"If there was something someone needed, she would give it to them or do it for them if she could," said her older daughter, Carol Donato. "Although she loved pretty things and things that sparkled and shined, she loved the simple pleasures in life."

"She raised us on good old-fashioned values," said her younger daughter, Tammy Weiler. "She was a lot of fun."

Describing some of that fun, her son, Arnold Adams Jr., said, "She loved my Elvis impersonation and she loved me playing ‘Wipe Out' on the drums. She'd always beg me to do that for family get-togethers."

Born on Feb. 13, 1935, Mrs. Adams was the daughter of the late Ralph and Bertha Carpenter.

She graduated from Albany High School in 1953 and married Arnold J. Adams Sr. on June 13, 1953. They were married for 51 years.

Thirteen was her mother's lucky number, Mrs. Weiler said. "She and Dad dated 13 months before they got married. They got married on the 13th at the 13th hour."

Her mother also had 13 letters in her name, Ms. Weiler said, and, in her later years, when she was in a nursing home, she would always insist on getting a bingo card that had the number 13 on it.

"Everybody else says that 13 is a bad number but it was lucky for her. She had 13 things with 13 in it," said Mrs. Weiler. The family continued the tradition even after her death. "My Dad died in ‘04; she died in ‘09; that adds up to 13," said Mrs. Weiler.

"My fondest memories growing up," said Mrs. Donato, "were the quality family times we had."

Through tears, she went on to list many of those family times: Our Sunday rides through the country, going to visit Grandma, family, and friends; packing up bologna and cheese sandwiches and going to drive-ins; swimming in the creek at the rifle range and driving the car in to wash it; picnics at Thacher Park; camping at Warner's Lake; the Punkintown Fair and the Altamont Fair where we would celebrate Dad's birthday; bowling at Weaver's Lanes."

Mrs. Adams had a varied career, working for the Fuller Brush Company, Guilderland High School, and the Guilderland Center Nursing Home.

Mrs. Donato said that her mother enjoyed her work but that she was centered on her family. She fondly remembered even the cold winters of her childhood. "We were bundled up so much to play in the snow, we could hardly move," she said, recalling "the rubber boots that wouldn't come off, hot chocolate and Maypo to warm us up, the days that sparkled and shined."

In her later years, Mrs. Adams showed the same warmth and love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that she had for her own two daughters and son.

"She loved playing games, anything from Monopoly to Go Fish with me, and she did the same with my kids," said Ms. Weiler. "She loved spending time and playing with the grandkids; she was fun to be around."

"She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed telling them stories that she would make up as she went along," said Mrs. Donato. "They would tentatively listen and want to hear more.

"Her favorite game to play with them was checkers, and her inner child would come out when she was with them. Mom and Dad would devotedly tend to them, bringing them to school, and coming to Pop Warner games, being there when they were born."

Mrs. Donato described a favorite picture of her mother, photographed with her father. "She's laughing hard and a curl fell in the middle of her forehead," she said. "She was always joking and happy and trying not to take bad things too seriously."


Jean M. Adams is survived by a son, Arnold Jr. Adams, and his wife, Diane; two daughters, Carol Donato an her husband, Joseph, and Tammy Weiler and her husband, Raymond Jr.; seven grandchildren, Apryl Ableman, JoJo Donato, Jessica Lieb and her husband, Joshua, Keith, Kyle, Mackenzie and Kolton Weiler; and four great-grandchildren, Brad Thomas Ableman, Rylee Starr Ableman, and Kody and Zoie Lieb.

She is also survived by her brother, Ralph Carpenter Jr.

Her husband, Arnold J. Adams Sr., died before her, as did her brother, Kenneth Carpenter.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, followed by interment in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 751, Altamont, NY 12009, or to the Altamont Rescue Squad, Post Office Box 56, Altamont, NY 12009.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer
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New York, USA
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