My beautiful, kind, loving mom, Marianna Helena Lundskog Adams, passed away on Sunday in her home at the Golden Oaks in South Pasadena. She was a kind, generous, family-loving soul who always put the needs of others before her own.
Marianna was born in Chicago to Nellie Vikberg and Sten Lundskog, October 17th, 1929. When Marianna’s mother passed away from appendicitis in 1936 and my grandfather Sten was unable to care for her, he sent her to live in Varnamo, Sweden with her Uncle and Aunt. Marianna had 2 cousins, Anna-Lisa and Marta, she grew up with who became her sisters. She returned to Indiana when she was 18 to a new family including a stepmother and stepsister. Out of a traumatic loss came generosity, kindness and acceptance.
My mother met my dad, Rex, at U.S. Steel, where she was a secretary and he a mechanical engineer. They married on October 18th, 1952 and were married 56 years before his passing in 2008. Their children, Jan was born in 1954 and Ken in 1956. Marianna was involved in the PTA and was the leader of both Girl Scout and Brownie troops. In the ’80s they moved to Pittsburgh and after retirement to Hot Spring Village, AR. I would spend a portion of the summer at their home on Lake Pineda, bird-watching and fishing with my dad, baking with my mom and hiking with their friends.
Marianna was a founding member of a Presbyterian Church group called the “Greenhorns” who prepared meals for new members and the congregation. She loved returning to HSV and having lunch with “Greenhorn gals.” They made cookbooks to fundraise and she had so many happy memories of their comradery.
Marianna’s favorite holidays were Christmas and Thanksgiving. Christmas held a plethora of Swedish traditions, including the Christmas Eve Smorgasbord.
Life at the Golden Oaks was a blessing. They moved there in 2005 after Marianna had bypass surgery and Rex’s health was failing. Marianna became involved in the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena and the Senior Citizens Center immediately. She enthusiastically supported the philanthropic generosity of the Woman’s Club and took pride in supporting scholarship fundraising events like the Christmas Bazaar and “For the Love of Chocolate.”
Marianna loved children and animals. We participated in the Pasadena Humane Society fundraiser every year (Wiggle Waggle Walk). Her life was filled with painting, ceramics, sewing, knitting and needlepoint.
After two strokes and entering Hospice, she experienced many challenges. I believe she is at peace now and knows how much she was loved by all. I want to thank those of you that reached out to her to support her during this journey.
Marianna is survived by her loving daughter Jan and her favorite rescue dog Peanut, Rex’s family Bruce and Lynda Adams, nieces Vicki Reichelt and Phyllis McCole, nephew Jeff Adams and all of their families.
A “Celebration of Life” will take place when it is safe to congregate again.
Donations to either the:
Pasadena Humane Society
361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Woman’s Club of South Pasadena
Marianna Adams Scholarship Fund
1424 S. Fremont Ave,
South Pasadena, CA 91030