Norma Adams

Norma Adams



Norma Kathleen (Tomasek) Adams, 94, of Waucoma, IA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Waucoma, with Rev. Aaron Junge celebrating the Mass.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation was set for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday.  

Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Waucoma is in charge of arrangements.  

Online condolences for Norma's family may be left at .

Norma Kathleen Adams was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Jackson Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Glenn (Woodruff) Tomasek.

Norma graduated from Waucoma Public High School in 1941. After high school, she worked at Rath Packing in Waterloo for several years.

Even though Norma met the love of her life, Jack Adams, in the high school band, she worked and waited until he came home from the war to wed on Aug. 20, 1947. Norma and Jack shared 68 years together.

Norma was a very dedicated and generous homemaker who worked and lived with pride for her dear husband and 11 children, all of whom she was extremely proud of. Norma always had a standing “open door” policy at her home, welcoming anyone and everyone who visited or stopped by, and she always had food for everyone.

Norma was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma, IA, where she was baptized, married and now sent to her eternal home. She was a 59-year member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at St. Mary’s, as well as a longstanding member of the church choir, being one of the strongest alto singers. 

Norma also was one of the founders of the community Reading Circle Group, where local women would gather regularly to enjoy each other’s company, reading books as well as keeping up on current events. 

Norma was a 48-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over 60 years.

In her free time, she enjoyed 5 a.m. breakfast dates with her husband, Jack, that was their time for “just them,” knitting, gardening, cooking, baking pies and chocolate cake, and spending time with her family. 

She will be deeply missed by many.

Norma is survived by her 11 children, William (Juanita Kuboushek) Adams of Spillville, IA, Kathleen (Edward) Curry of McHenry, Ill., Rebecca Searcy of Decorah, IA, Samuel (Bonita Benz) Adams of Spillville, IA Geraldine “Gerry” Garles of Fairfield, IA, John (Diana Knittle) Adams of Eugene, Ore., Scott (Jeanie Busta) Adams of Waucoma, IA, Bruce (Lolita Kouboushek) Adams of Waucoma, IA, James (Julie White) Adams of Missouri Valley, IA, Jeffry (Judy Zoulek) Adams of Spillville, IA, Edna (Albert) Stahley of Waucoma, IA; 32 grandchildren, Benjamin Adams, Samantha Nolte, Karl Curry, Christine Cliff, Joel Curry, Adam Searcy, Scott Searcy, Michael Searcy, Emily Pennington, Cara Kidder, Kaitlyn Erickson, Samuel Garles, Diana Weishaar, Christopher Adams, Elizabeth Edwards, Nathaniel Adams, Nicole Collins, Jaqueline Watne, Kathleen Adams, Joseph Adams, Joshua Adams, Mason Adams, Sara Adams, Chelsea Moody, Ethan Adams, Melissa Gosse, Amanda Stahley, Jessica Gale, Sarah Stahley, Julie Stahley; 27 great-grandchildren with four more on the way; many nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, on Sept. 26, 2015; her parents; a granddaughter, Angel Adams; a grandson, William Jiho Adams; a brother Albert (Helen Lynch) Tomasek; three sisters, Dorothy (Roger) Thompson, Edna (Frank) Crum, Joyce (Glen) Peterson.     36u36

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