Garnet Virginia Pierce Adams, 98, of New Kensington passed away peacefully on January 20, 2020. She was born in New Kensington on December 23, 1921 to the late Jack and Antoinette Pangallo Pierce.
Garnet could frequently be seen riding through New Kensington on her Orange Vespa Moped until her 80s. She sang in the St. Joseph Church choir until her 90s and with the Memories Choir. Garnet also made a record in the 40s, and sang with the Paul Ross Kamp Band at the Elks Club on 4th Ave, where she met her husband. She worked at ALCOA before her marriage. She also worked as a receptionist for Dr. John Rucki, as a seamstress at Ritz Shop, and at Harts Home Store in New Kensington.
Garnet is survived by her children, John “Max” (Susan) Adams Jr., of San Rafael, CA, Garnet Anne Kokoscenski, of New Kensington, and Thomas P. “Kinky” Adams, of New Kensington; grandchildren, Scott R. Palochik, Janelle A. Claar, and Mackenzie L. Adams; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Aiden, Ava, Tori, and Elias; sisters, Jacqueline I. Pierce and Norma G. Pierce.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John McIntire Adams Sr. in 1975; daughter, Kathleen G. Adams in 2008; grandson, James Claar in infancy; and sister, Dorothy M. Morgan in 2017.
Viewing will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 PM on Wednesday, January 22 in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held on Thursday at 12 Noon, immediately followed by a funeral Mass at 12:30 PM in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. rossgwalker.com
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