LaVerna E. (Chaffee) Adams

November 22, 1931 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 89)

Life Story

LaVerna E. (Chaffee) Adams, 89, of Newfield passed away peacefully on February 13, 2021.

She was born on November 22, 1931 in Newfield, the first daughter of Maynard and Vivian (Wright) Chaffee.  She was the oldest of seven children.

LaVerna was the beloved wife of John E. Adams, who died December 27, 2014.  She is survived by her four children, Richard Scott and his wife Widi of Newfield, NY; Mike and his wife Robin of Lansing, NY; John and his wife Angela of Ithaca, NY; and Kim and her husband Chris Stamberger of Interlaken, NY.  She also leaves six cherished grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

LaVerna “Verna” loved children and was a surrogate mother to hundreds during the time she worked at Newfield Central school.  She worked in the nursery school, after school program and bus aid.  She thoroughly enjoyed caring for children, watching them grow up and then being entrusted with the care of their children.  She was a cherished member of the community.

LaVerna and John were active members of Peoples Baptist Church in Newfield, NY and participated in many activities and never missed a fellowship opportunity.

A memorial and interment service will be held in the spring.  Future date and time will be published in the Ithaca Journal.

LaVerna’s family sends a special thank you to Hospicare & Palliative Care Services in Ithaca, NY for their kindness and assistance during this difficult time.  Contributions in LaVerna’s memory can be made to Hospicare & Palliative Care Services at

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Services are to be announced

People's Baptist Church
364 Main Street
Newfield, NY 14867


172 East King Road, Ithaca NY 14850
Tel: 1-607-272-0212

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