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Service and visitation Monday for Jeri Lynne Adams-Gonzalez

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Jeri Lynne Adams-Gonzalez, 78, most recently of Tucson, AZ passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Pepeís House in Tucson Medical Center Hospice. Jeri was born December 5, 1941 to Irene (nee Benko) and Albert Michael Ihnat.

Jeri loved to dance. She started dancing when she was very young and danced, in some fashion, throughout her entire life from Tap and Ballet as a child, to Zumba and Two-Steppiní out with her husband well into her seventies. She was a gifted artist, poet, mother and R.N. Anyone who knew her knows of her cheerful love of all things whimsical and purple. Falling stars and glitter were often included in her gifts in an effort to encourage a moment or two of joy. Jeri also loved caring for and watching hummingbirds.

Jeri graduated from Emerson High School (Gary, IN) in 1959. She loved being a mother and worked hard to raise her children. After working diligently and putting herself through school she became a nurse, graduating from Purdue University. Jeri worked as a Psychiatric Nurse at Methodist Hospital (Gary), retiring in 2003.

For 11 years Jeri was married to her high school sweetheart, Robert N. Adams, after which time they divorced. In 1991, Jeri married Hector G. Gonzalez. After living in Indiana most of her life, she retired with her husband to Hereford, AZ.

As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jeri dedicated her life to helping others. She loved singing in the choir, playing with the children and hugging absolutely everyone. Jeri was always the first to greet a new face with the warmest, most sincere smile, and she easily made friends wherever she went. She looked for opportunities to offer cheerful service to any in need and strived to spiritually lift those around her.

Jeri is preceded in death by her parents, husband, older brother Albert Ihnat (Tamra) and Alís first wife Patricia. She leaves behind daughters Keri Hanna and Kelli (David) Dyerly; her younger brother Milo Ihnat; and grandchildren: Joel (Laura) Dyerly, Warren Dyerly, Morgan Hanna, Nicholas (Ekaterina) Dyerly, Talia Dyerly, Spencyr Hanna and great-granddaughter Charlotte Dyerly. Jeri is also survived by stepchildren: Maria, Teresa, Greg, Ron and many more beloved family and friends.

Memorial donations may be given to Pepeís House at TMC Hospice 2715 N. Wyatt Dr., Tucson, AZ 85712 For those of us touched by Jeriís kindness and charity, the family asks for you to share your thoughts and memories of her by writing them down and sending them to In addition, please perform an act of kind service for someone, just as Jeri would have done.

The family is forever grateful for the compassion and care given to Jeri and the family through gentle and loving service, especially throughout her declining health due to complications of a meningioma. Jeri is greatly missed, yet we look forward with steadfast faith in Christ to being together again.

The funeral will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 503 Burlington Beach Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided and current COVID-19 precautions observed.

Visitation 10:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Memorial service in chapel 11:00 a.m., followed by a light lunch at noon. A brief burial of Jeriís remains will then follow at Calvary Cemetery, 2701 Willowdale Rd. Portage, IN 46368.



Posted 7/15/2020




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