Obituary for Phyllis Adams (Goldsmith)
Phyllis May Goldsmith Adams, age 92, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 2, 2018 at Sun Prairie Health Care Center in Sun Prairie, WI, after too long a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Phyllis Mae and her identical twin, Winnifred June, were born August 7, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Milton and Winnifred (Hill) Goldsmith She was a graduate of Janesville High School Class of 1943. She attended Whitewater State College and was a graduate of Green Co. Teachers College. She married Kenneth Foster and they had a son, Lee. She was a single mom for a time and then married Frank R. “Dick” Adams in 1960, a widower with six children. Dick died in 1969.
Once the last child was out of the house in 1975, Phyllis moved to a home on Lake Koshkonong, Wisconsin and then to Bradenton, Florida where she lived for almost twenty-five years. She moved back to Janesville from Bradenton at age 75. Phyllis was a member of The Bradenton Congregational United Church and The First Congregational Church of Janesville. She was also a member of the American Business Women’s Association.
Phyllis instilled in her children a strong work ethic, a love of animals, and to stand up for the underdog. She played organ and piano beautifully. She was extremely proud of being a leftie with impeccable penmanship. She mixed a perfect Pink Squirrel and a mean Daiquiri. She was not afraid of spiders or the dark. She was a wickedly good card player who showed absolutely no mercy. She knitted blankets for babies with Aids. She was a diehard Packer fan, did word puzzles daily, and was a voracious reader who loved a good murder mystery. She also traveled extensively with her best friend Arlene Tipton and niece, Gretchen Thorson.
Alzheimer’s Disease robbed Phyllis of all of life’s pleasures. She survived for over 11 years after diagnosis before dying from the complications of that disease. Her children consider it a blessing that she has finally been release from the living hell that was her life with Alzheimer’s.
Phyllis Mae Adams was preceded in death by husband Dick Adams; twin sister and brother-in-law Winnie and Floyd Thorson; niece Gretchen Thorson; son Jim Adams; best friend Arlene Tipton; dearest friends Don and Mary Condon; and her Yorkie, Minna.
Phyllis is survived by her sons, Lee Foster of Phillips, WI; John (Linda) Adams of Brodhead, WI; and Steve (Heidi) Adams of Ajijic, Mexico and daughters, Julie Adams (Marv Studzinski) of DeForest, WI; Kit Adams of Austin, TX; Sue (Steve) Puscas of DeKalb, IL; daughter-in-law, Barb Adams of Janesville, WI; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her niece, Junie Thorson Benson of Pensacola, FL.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at The Sun Prairie Health Care Center for their compassion and care for Phyllis.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Whitcomb – Lynch Funeral Home with her son-in-law, Deacon Steve Puscas officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Phyllis’ name to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.