PAMELA SUE (KARELS) ANDERSONPamela Sue (Karels) Anderson passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in her home in Duluth with friends and family by her bedside.
PAMELA SUE (KARELS)ANDERSON
Pamela Sue (Karels) Anderson passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in her home in Duluth with friends and family by her bedside. Her long journey with breast cancer has ended.
Pam was born in Brainerd, Minn., Sept. 10, 1957, to Diane and Royal Karels. She graduated from Brainerd High School in 1975 and attended two years at Brainerd Community College before completing her occupation therapy assistant degree in Duluth. She was employed as a certified occupational therapy assistant for 32 years. Pam truly enjoyed her work, meeting many wonderful people, co-workers and patients. She especially enjoyed educating patients and watching them make progress.
Pam had a dry sense of humor at times and had an uncanny knack for remembering random things. She enjoyed reading, gardening, yard work, attending Bayfront Blues Fest (back in the early years) and traveling. Her favorite places to vacation were Ixtapa, Mexico, and Florida.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Elsie Karels, and grandfather Henry Peters.
Pam is survived by her husband, Robert, of 32 years; daughter Lindsey (Erik Geiger) of Minneapolis; parents Royal and Diane Karels of Brainerd; brothers Sam (Susan) of West Fargo and Mitch (Missy) and Steve (Lynda), both of Brainerd; sister-in-law Arlie (Terry Nydeen) of Albany; brother-in-law Fred (Annette) Noldy; her grandmother, Gladys Peters; and aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude and thanks to Dr. Sande, Essentia Health infusion staff, Cancer Center staff, and Dr. Potter at the Masonic Cancer Center of U of M. Pam was truly in excellent hands with these exceptional oncologists and their staff.
As Pam previously stated, “I do not want to be defined by my illness, rather as someone who enjoyed her life and was able to do things she enjoyed with family and friends.”
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Ave., Duluth, and 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial service Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1325 N. 45th Ave. E., Duluth.
Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Essentia Health Cancer Center.