Luanne Adams

January 17, 2019

O’NEILL — Memorial services for Luanne Adams, 84, Tyndall, S.D., formerly of Spencer, O’Neill and Dubuque, Iowa, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. The Revs. Bernard Starman and Joe Forcelle will officiate. Inurnment will be in the O’Neill Cemetery.

Memorial visitation will begin an hour prior to services Monday at the church.

She died Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Avera St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall.

Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.


Luanne Catherine Fritton was born on March 18, 1934, in O’Neill, to Aloysius and Catherine (Murphy) Fritton. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1952. Luanne later attended the St. Catherine School of Nursing in Omaha and graduated with a bachelor’s of nursing degree in 1959.

Luanne married her high school sweetheart, Eugene “Chinks” Adams, on Feb. 6, 1960, in Wayne. She worked at the Dahl Nursing Home in Wayne while Chinks finished his degree at Wayne State College. After he graduated, the couple moved to Spencer. The couple had four children: Michael, Julie, Lori and Bradley.

Luanne worked at St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill for a time. She worked as a nurse in many different areas including, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. Many people will remember her from when she worked with the W.I.C. programs. She retired in 1999. The couple moved to Dubuque, Iowa, in 2010 and then later moved to Tyndall in 2018 due to health reasons.

Luanne like to play cards, go to casinos and decorate her home for the holidays. She loved to shop and always liked to get dressed up. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Luanne was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spencer and the St. Mary’s Altar Society.

Luanne is survived by her spouse of 58 years, Eugene Adams of Tyndall; four children, Michael (Jamey) Adams of Norfolk, Julie (Robert) Eby of Long Grove, Iowa, Lori (Scott) Kunz of Stuart and Bradley (Jackie) Adams of Tyndall; 11 grandchildren: Derek Adams, Garrett Adams, Eric (Jade) Eby, Adam (Brianna) Eby, Ryan (Stephanie) Eby, Ashli Kunz, Courtni Kunz, Bryan (Kristi) Adams, Kayli (Jared) VanWinkle, Alie Adams and Colin Adams; one great-grandson, Grayson Adams; and many nieces and nephews.

Luanne was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and a brother-in-law, infant Elaine Fritton and Marilyn (Thomas) Blake.

Memorials may be direct to the family for future designation.

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