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Dorothy Rita Adams
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Dorothy R. Adams
Owner of Adams Tavern in Cedar Grove, PA

Dorothy R. Adams, 85, of Cedar Grove, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Premier of Washington County Health Center.

She was born on September 4, 1932 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late William and Helen Wencek Courtwright.

Dorothy came to live with her Aunt and Uncle, Lillian and Mike Mosko in Avella, where she attended Avella High School graduating in 1950. She was a former member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church of Avella.

From 1962 – 1985 she owned Adams Tavern in Cedar Grove; where she made lifelong friends and enjoyed the time she spent there. She came across many interesting people in the bar, including the Pittsburgh Pirates “Bill Mazeroski”. She was also the owner of Larry’s Paint & Body Shop from 1966-2009.

Dorothy cherished being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed bowling in her league, photography, puzzle building, listening to music, reading and playing euchre.

On July 8, 1950 she married, Lawrence M. Adams who died on December 4, 2013.

Surviving are, three daughters, Jackie (Jerald) Strope of Eldersville, Laurie Leeper of Avella, Jerrie (Art Jr.) Foltz of Avella; a son, John D. Adams and April Bistarkey of Washington; seven grandchildren, Stephanie (Don) Bell, Peter (Jennifer) Strope, J. Keith Leeper II and Regina Peeples, Matthew (Katie) Leeper, Casey (Jason) Kettler, Arthur (Ashley) Foltz and Andrew Adams; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Joshua, Joseph, Ryan, Lindsey, Hudson and Beckett; several nieces and nephews.

Deceased in addition to her parents and husband, is a son-in-law, John Keith Leeper Sr.

Friends and family will be received from 2pm until 8pm on Sunday, October 29, in the Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc., located at 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312, where services will be held at 11am on Monday, October 30th, with Pastor Bryce J. Grieco officiating.

Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, Avella.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Avella Volunteer Fire Department @ PO Box G, Avella, PA 15312.

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2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.

18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65
Avella, PA 15312





11:00 AM
Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc.

18 Campbell Street, PO Box 65
Avella, PA 15312

Cemetery Details


West Point Cemetery

24 Parker Road
Avella, PA 15312


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