Pamela Jo "Pam" Schreiner

Born: Mon., May 4, 1959
Died: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 01, 2018
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

7:00 PM Thu., Feb. 01, 2018
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel

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     Pamela Jo (Hodapp) Schreiner, age 58, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, January 25, 2018 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Mankato.  
     Pam’s family will greet friends on Thursday afternoon February 1, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato.  A celebration of Pam’s life will be at 7 P.M. following the visitation in the Woodland Hills Chapel with Chaplin Jerry David officiating.  Memorials are preferred to Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS)
     Pamela was born in Charleston Ill in 1959 to John and Marjorie Hodapp (Larsen) then moved to Mankato at the age of 5.  In high school at Mankato East, she was involved in music by playing the baritone in the marching band, was co-president of the synchronized swim team, and cheered during games in the Sunrisers pep squad.
     She continued being involved with marching band at the University of Minnesota where she also earned her Bachelors of Human Sciences in Physical Education.
After earning her degree, she moved to Los Angeles for her first teaching job.   There she met her future husband Richard, a colleague in the Physical Education department.  The pair moved back to Minnesota to continue educating in District 77 and to begin their family life with their two daughters.  They enjoyed traveling, volunteering, camping, bicycling and water sports together.
     She was a life-long educator, most recently as adjunct faculty at MSU, as well as the aquatic director for community-based education.  She specialized in training professional- level CPR, First AID, and Water Safety Instruction.    Pam spent her extracurricular time giving back to the community of Mankato.  She was a leader for Camp Fire USA, a youth volunteer organization, for 12 years.    Pam worked closely with people of special needs through two decades of water exercise for those with Multiple Sclerosis, as well as coached the aquatic games for the Special Olympics.    She also had a large place in her heart for animals and even instructed her own special class for Doggie CPR.
     Pamela made sure to empower her daughters by teaching them, through her own actions, to be independent, strong, to value education, and value the importance of other women.  She was sociable, selfless, and sincere.  And for her last good gesture, she ended her short life as an organ donor.
     Pamela is survived by her husband Richard, her two daughters Nacia and Carmen, and her siblings Randy (Vicki), and Debbie.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Linda Schwantes
   Posted Sat January 27, 2018
Rich, Nacia , Carmen You have my deepest sympathy. I was very sad when I heard from Sandy that Pam had died. I know it will be a very hard time for everyone now but If you need anything let me know. Linda

Peggy Rocha (Hardebeck)
   Posted Sat January 27, 2018
Rich, Carmen and Nacia, I’m so very sorry to hear about your mom. Pam was a wonderful fun-loving, kind and special lady who I was fortunate to have known. Please know you are all in my prayers during this time.

Blessings to all

Denita (Blanshan) Devens
   Posted Sun January 28, 2018
My deepest sympathies to Pam's family. She was a wonderful childhood friend of mine and I have so many fun memories we had made together. Didn't see much of her in our adult lives and I can see why! She was a very busy woman with family and all of the activities mentioned. What a full and productive life she led! Very lucky lady to be sure!

I want to share a few of my memories with Pam...dancing, (and trying to sing), to Debbie's 45's of the popular 60's music of the day. Spent so many fun times in the basement of the house on Dillon, loved spending time there. Her Barbie collection was legendary, what fun we had playing Barbies at Pam's house.

We went sliding down the basement stairs on blankets. And then, sneaking into her Dad's secret room to look at all his treasures, wow...yes, we were naughty sometimes, too.

I still think of her when I put ketchup on my scrambled eggs, she introduced me to that delicacy, which I thought was so odd at the time but I ended up actually liking it. And floats with coca cola instead of root beer, num!

Riding bikes all over the neighborhood and playing on the playground at the old Wilson Campus School. Hanging as long as we could on the monkey many years ago.

I can still hear Debbie saying, "Way to be Pam", and Pam responding with, "Way to be Deb".

There are way too many memories to put down here but I want to say I remember them with fondness. Pam was a big part of a wonderful childhood that I still remember from way back when.

Again, her family has my heartfelt sympathies, the world lost a wonderful woman. You have my prayers for comfort and peace.

Sincerely, Denita

Suzie Murphy Frazier
   Posted Sun January 28, 2018
Richard, Nacia and Carmen,
I am so sorry to hear about your wife and mother that I was fortunate to first meet back at the lake house in Minnesota. She was so young. She will be truly missed. Love and prayers to all of you,
Suzie Murphy Frazier

John Dorn
   Posted Mon January 29, 2018
I was surprised and saddened to read that Pam passed away. I remember her as a student, crossed paths with her when my grandkids were in a swimming program. I think every contact I ever had with Pam included her cheerful smile and outlook.
I know it is hard, very hard, to lose a sibling, to lose a mom, to lose a spouse. The only condolence I can offer is that I think it would be worse to have no grief because there was nothing to celebrate. My thoughts are with you as you grieve, as you celebrate.

Michael Murphy
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
Rich, Carmen, Nacia,
I'm so sorry to hear the news. Pam was always so happy and exciting. She taught half of our family to water ski. My prayers will be with you.

Michael Murphy

   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
Love, sympathy and prayers as you prepare to celebrate Pam's productive, compassionate and creative life. She was a ray of sunshine. We are sorry for your heartache at her unexpected passing. She has changed her address to Paradise and her affection and sweet light will live in the hearts of all who love her. God bless you with strength and peace.
Charyl and Don Korpal

William Wilson
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
Rich, our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
William Wilson and Audrey Spear

Brenda (Narum) Cray
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
What a shock. Pam and I had a chance to visit just two weeks ago when I was visiting in Mankato. We were always able to pick up where we had left off the last time we saw each other. Pam has been a friend of mine since junior high...the stories and adventures will be in my heart forever. I will always remember her infectious laugh and the energy she exerted with everything she did. Rich, Nacia and Carmen, Randy and Debbie there aren’t words to say that can bring you peace and comfort at this time. But know that you have friends and family to lean on. God has gained an Angel in Heaven and Pam will be truly missed here on earth.

Robin and Bryan Foster
   Posted Fri February 09, 2018
We send our love and sincere sympathy for you and the girls. The last time we were with you and Pam was at Nacia's wedding in Portland, OR.. A beautiful memory of you both. As you go forward,"tending you own fire", remember that you are LOVED!

Lisa Ward
   Posted Tue April 17, 2018
We are so very sorry to hear of Pam's passing. We had gotten to know her well with our 3 boys taking private swimming lessons for about 10 years now. I sure enjoyed visiting with Pam while each of our boys had swim lessons. She was so kind! What a ray of sunshine full of smiles. Our hearts go out to you all.
The Ward family

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