Sharon Adams

June 6th, 1943October 25th, 2018

Sharon Adams of Peoria, AZ was welcomed into God’s kingdom on October 25, 2018, surrounded by family, after a long and courageous battle against brain cancer.

Sharon was born in Minneapolis, MN on June 6, 1943 to Pauline (Podany) and Daniel Tkach. She grew up in Columbia Heights, MN with her brother and two sisters. Sharon graduated from Columbia Heights High School in 1961, then attended the University of Minnesota for several years while pursuing a degree in art. While in college she met the love of her life, John (“Jack”) Adams Jr. The two were married on April 6, 1968, one day before Jack was shipped off to basic training in the U.S. Army to eventually fight in the Vietnam War. During Jack’s deployment Sharon proved to be a pivotal source of strength and comfort for his parents and family, all the while struggling to maintain these virtues herself. After Jack’s safe return from combat, the couple lived in Richfield, MN and then Apple Valley, MN. During this time Sharon worked as a telemarketer for Winona Research, moving to part time after giving birth to her first child in 1974, and then was a full time homemaker after her second child was born in 1977.

In 1981 Sharon’s family moved to Colorado, eventually settling in the town of Parker. During this time she renewed her artistic passions by teaching after school art classes at the local elementary schools, and also became highly active in the Pinery Country Club community and with the Ave Maria Catholic Church. Throughout her life she was an expert seamstress and found unending opportunities in the Parker area to perform alterations and create children’s clothing. Sharon was always heavily involved with the PTA and extracurricular activity fundraisers at her kids’ schools. With her two boys getting older, Sharon developed a desire to host in-home daycare for friends’ small children, and also volunteered to provide childcare at Ave Maria.

Sharon and Jack relocated to Peoria, AZ in 2003 upon Jack’s retirement. There were few things in the world that she enjoyed more than aquatic exercising and lounging in the sun by the pool afterwards, and she had moved to the perfect place for that. In Peoria, Sharon became an active member in the Westbrook Village community. She was grateful for the fact that on top of her meeting many new friends in Westbrook Village, several of her old friends from Parker had also retired there. After living-out several of their Golden Years dreams in Peoria, in 2013 Sharon and Jack embarked on a 2 month road trip to circumnavigate the USA, which she declared as one of the greatest experiences of her life.

But upon returning from the trip Sharon began to have problems, which soon thereafter led to a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. Given 3 months to live, she was admitted to the Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale’s Brain Tumor Program for treatment, the same clinic which would eventually treat U.S. Senator John McCain for the same disease. Sharon’s deepest hope at this time was to live long enough to see the birth of her first grandchild in mid-2014. Thanks to a successful mass-removal surgery combined with an incredible response to chemotherapy and radiation treatment, not only did she witness her grandson’s birth, but also the birth of her granddaughter in August 2016, and her Golden Anniversary in April 2018 before her battle was finally lost.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents Pauline and Daniel Tkach. She is survived by her husband Jack Adams of Peoria, AZ, sons John (Danelle) Adams III of Erie, CO and Luke Adams of Centennial, CO, grandchildren John (“Jack”) Adams IV and Brooke Adams, sisters Sandy Wright of Plymouth, MN and Dianne Tkach of Saranac Lake, NY, brother Daniel (Joyce) Tkach of Traverse City, MI., and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A private Celebration of Life will be held on the afternoon of November 3, 2018. Sharon’s family would like to thank the incredible staff at the Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale’s Brain Tumor Program for not only the miraculous extension of her life, but the fact that she was able to still enjoy life up until just before the very end. We ask that in lieu of flowers you consider making a donation to the Brain Tumor Program ( in Sharon’s name.

Isaiah 25:8  “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette.

There will be a reception following the service at Sharon's son John's home in Erie.




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I will always remember Sharon singing "O Holy Night" at Christmas when we were young in the 1950's. Rest in peace, cousin! Vlad
GOD BLESS SHARON FAMILY I was a neighbor when Sharon was growing up in Columbia Heights.
I have nothing but fond memories growing up with my cousin Sharon. She was a sweet soul and was generous to a fault. I loved walking over to my Aunt Pauline’s house on Jefferson ...visiting and lying in the sun with Sharon. Sharon taught me how to sew and she made me many doll heartfelt condolences go out to Sharon’s husband Jack, Sharon’s sons and grandchildren. May you have courage and strength to get through these difficult days ahead. Always Patty (Podany) Klein Crystal, Minnesota
Dear Sandy, Dianne & Daniel & Sharon's Husband, Kids, and grandkids, Having moved to California in 1965, I hadn't seen Sharon for many years and sadly, we never knew each other's families. Wish we would have had FaceBook back in the day. I have many fond memories particularly cutting out paper dolls and their clothes at the humongous dining room table at Aunt Polly's and Uncle Danny's. Sounds like she led an amazing life. Rest in peace dear cousin!! Renee McLean Turnberg
I would like to express my deepest condolences to your family. May the God of all comfort guard your hearts and help you cope. Reflect on fond memories with your dear one and meditate on the future promises of God. May these words give you hope and comfort: 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Isaiah 25:8. John 5:28,29. Psalm 37:29. Hosea 13:14. Revelation 21:3,4