It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of our dear mother, Johanna Adam of Calgary, AB on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at the age of 87 years. Johanna was born on November 1, 1935 in Kirylucha, Poland to Leonhard and Olga Schulz, the eldest of 2 children. Johanna grew up in a devout Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour, at a young age. Johanna’s family was a musical family, and they all sang in the church choir. It was at church where Johanna met her future husband, Edmund Adam. During WW II, the family endured many hardships, being displaced several times, and having Johanna’s father drafted into the war. Leonhard was shot in the war, and by God’s grace the bullet just missed his heart, and he survived. This injury allowed him to return to the family. As the war escalated, the need to escape to West Germany was evident. They gathered a few items in a suitcase and left in the night. They had to leave their home, all their possessions and farm animals. The journey was treacherous, with fire, bombs and gunfire surrounding them constantly. Once again, God’s protective Hand led them to safety with the opportunity to immigrate to Canada through the help of the North American Baptist Conference.
Edmund Adam immigrated to Canada in January 1953. The Schulz family followed in February 1953, arriving in St. John, New Brunswick on the Beaverbrae Ship. By train they travelled to Calgary, AB to begin their new life. Edmund and Johanna were united in marriage at the Bridgeland Baptist Church on May 28, 1955. They had three children, Ernest, Karen and Deborah. Johanna is survived by her two children, Ernest (Tamilla), and Deborah (Glenn); son-in-law, Ed; three grandchildren, Rachel, Michael (Tiffany) and Tyler; one great granddaughter, Orianna; and a large extended family. Johanna was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Erich and his wife; her nephew and niece; her husband, Ed; daughter, Karen; three brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.
Our Mom was an exceptional homemaker, with a natural gift for cooking which began at a tender age of 5, baking, and keeping an immaculate home while raising her family. She was so gifted in sewing, crocheting, and gardening. Her love of flowers kept her home adorned with flowers year-round indoors, and a bountiful supply outside during the summers. Mom absolutely loved Gospel music and sang in the church choir, she also sang and played guitar in the Ladies Guitar Group at Temple Baptist Church in her younger years. Her favorite hymn was “Lead me Gently Home Father”. Our Mom loved animals, especially dogs, and especially small ones that would sit with her on her rocking chair or the swing on the deck for endless hours. While living with her daughter on their acreage, she enjoyed a large variety of birds and wildlife to the fullest, and always made sure to keep them well fed.
I, Deborah, will forever miss having my Mom to accompany me on our hundreds of road trips, even if it was just to enjoy a lunch in another city. We loved to travel by vehicle, and made many trips to Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tennessee to be at the Gaither Music Fest, and our last trip travelling across Canada to Ottawa, and of course the road most travelled to our family’s most favorite place of Radium Hot Springs. Mom was so appreciative of God’s creation, she wondered in awe at nature, the mountains, the lakes and oceans, every beautiful sunrise, and sunset which often warranted me getting a phone call to look at the sunset that evening. Mom loved the beauty of Canada and was so thankful that God had brought them to this place. I will miss cooking with my Mom, baking together, enjoying countless meals at the same table in the house or on the deck, BBQ’ing, having movie nights that extended well into the night with snacks galore, watching hockey games together, cooking jam, speaking German with her, working on puzzles, having word search races, listening to music on our road trips, endless discussions as we travelled, playing with our dogs, and our fair share of giggles which led to full belly laughter, to tears of joy!
Our Mom endured a lot of pain in the last 15 years, which pertained to her constant issues of having kidney stones, which ultimately led to kidney disease. She carried a very large kidney stone for the past 7 years, until her passing. Our Mom is now free of all her pain, her heartaches and troubles. She is Home in Heaven, where she has seen the face of her Lord and Saviour Jesus and has been reunited with so many loved ones that have gone on before her. Praise be to God for His free gift of salvation, where we too will spend our eternity with Him and so many members of our family and dear friends. Mom loved to hear her beloved hymns in these final 6 months.
Her final song that she loved and heard was “There’s No Friend Like Jesus”.
“There’s no friend to me like Jesus, He my every need supplies;
He not only saves but keeps me, nothing good from me denies.
All, yes all to me is Jesus, blest Redeemer, Saviour, Guide
From every foe defends me, and in Him I’ll ever hide.
I will never cease to love Him, He who died to set me free;
Now in Him I am abiding, and someday His face I’ll see.
Yes, in Him I’m fully trusting.
Yes, through Him I’ll conquer all.
For I know He saves and keeps me, and He’ll never let me fall.”
For those who would also love to hear this song, you can click on this link There’s No Friend Like Jesus
Thank you to the Foothills Hospital and Hillcrest Extendicare staff for your exceptional care of our Mom. Thank you to the precious group of resident friends at Hillcrest, on the 3rd floor, who welcomed Mom, loved her, in her final 3 months to the exact day and hour of her arrival from the Foothills Hospital.
If you wish to do so, please make any charitable donations in memory of Johanna Adam, to Hope Mission or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Johanna, please visit www.choicememorial.com.