Pamela J. Minnaert

Born: Tue., May 10, 1955
Died: Fri., Sep. 17, 2010

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Pamela J. Minnaert, 55, of Geneseo, passed away Friday, September 17, 2010 at Hammond-Henry Skilled Care Unit, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Geneseo. Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Pam will be from 4-7 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Pamela Minnaert Memorial Fund.

Pam was born on May 10, 1955 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Arlyn & Carol (Anderson) Eyrich. She was a 1973 graduate of J.D. Darnall High School. Pam was united in marriage to David "Rebo" Minnaert. She was a waitress for 27 years at the former Deck Plaza Restaurant, Geneseo and later at The Cellar Restaurant, Geneseo, for several years. Pam enjoyed her Tuesday night wine parties with her friends for the last several years. She also loved making everyone's birthday very special and decorating and dressing up for Halloween.

Survivors include her son Brad Minnaert, San Diego, CA; her mother Carol Eyrich, Geneseo, two sisters and spouse Cheryl & Jack Nowers, Prophetstown, IL, Lynn Eyrich & friend Shawn Bauer, LaSalle, IL; a brother and spouse Bryan & Amy Eyrich, Glen Ellyn, IL; three nieces Chelsea, Nora & Emma; two nephews James and Toby, and a special friend Darrell Wexell, Geneseo, IL.

Pam was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

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cindy boone
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Pam was like a sister to me and I will miss her every day of my life. She was a true friend and a unique person. She will always be loved and missed.

Rick & Di Browning
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Sorry to hear of Pam's passing. May she rest in peace.

Kim Holm
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Pam's passing. I have so many fun memories of her. The world will definitely not be the same without that smile. Rest in peace Pam.

Julie Bauman
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Pam,
I miss you so much already. I think of your smile and twinkle in you eyes. Tuesday nights will never be the same. Even though we weren't blood relatives, I considered you a sister. I can see you smiling down from heaven.
Love,
Julie

Jessica Gilbert
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Dearest Brad, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I had no idea that she was sick and just learned of her passing this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Your mom was an angel sent from heaven. I enjoyed talking to her and seeing her and that beautiful smile of hers. She will be greatly missed by many in this town and Im sure by anyone that she came in contact with. All my thoughts and prayers, Jessica


Nancy (Henander) Rapp
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Although I did not know Pam as well as I would have liked to I did have the priviledge of attending a couple of her wine parties with my sister and just from those couple of times I could see what a fun gal she was and what a truly great friend she was to all. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Rest in peace Pam.

Lynn Turnbull
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I am deeply saddened by Pam's passing...the world has truly lost a unique, fun-spirited personality. She was SO thoughtful in that she wanted all who came in contact with her to have a relaxed and happy time. I will miss her child-like enthusiasm and generous spirit. Life will definitely be different without Pam in it.

Randall Egert
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers to everyone. Pam will be missed dearly.

julie rubitsky
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Brad, I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing.I will always remember working with her at the deck. my mom loved all the girls at the deck.pam gave her alot of gifts and i have them and will keep them in rememberance of her. she will be missed she was a very special person. God bless

Becky Canfield
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I was honored to work with Pam at The Cellar for several years. She always had a smile on her face and made everyone laugh. She was a hard worker and made working a good time. I will miss you Pam....now you are pain free and reunited with your Dad.

Andrea Bristol
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Pam was a very good friend, and I had a lot of good times in the last 6 years because of her. She was so friendly and always welcomed new friends into her life no matter their age or anything. She, along with the rest of the wine party girls made me feel like a party of wine party as if I had been celebrating with them since the beginning. I truly enjoyed working with Pam, and loved hanging out with her. If it wasn't for her, we wouldn't have had so much fun! I will miss you so much Pam. Thanks for the memories, and thanks for always making sure we had good times to remember!

Ida A. Goldsmith
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Dear Carol and family.
I want to express my deepest sympathy . May your faith help you throught this difficult time, knowing Pam is at peace .
Love and prayers,
Ida Goldsmith

Audrey Glazier
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
My deepest sympathies go out to your family during this difficult time. You will all remain in my thoughts & prayers. Take care & know her spirit lives on through the many years of memories you shared.

Betty Swinford
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Dear Brad,
I was so sad to see in the paper that your mom passed away.
I am Laura's (Wendhack) mom. I called her this morning and she was shocked and also saddened. My mother, Lucy Schumacher just loved the heck out of you Brad. I've seen your mother before, but I did not realize that she was your mom. I want you to know that I'll be in prayer for you and your Grandma, as it's very hard to lose your mom and daughter.
God bless you Brad... turn to Jesus for comfort because there is no earthly person who really could.
Love,
Betty & Laura

Wendy and Gregory White
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
We each knew Pam but for different reasons, and we both mourn her passing. God bless those left behind to celebrate her life. To you we extend our deepest sympathy. May your sorrow soon be lifted and replaced by the joy of having known such a wonderful soul.

Tara and Randy McKay
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Our deepest sympathies.

Tina Buyck
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Pam was one of my best friends.I miss her so much. There will never be anyone else like her.Her fun & loving spirit will always be with us & never replaced.God bless Pam & her friends & family.

Mary Ann McHaney
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I meet Pam when I stated working at the Deck in 1979. She welcomed me as a friend. We had lots of good times at work and then the wine parties started. They were time to get together with the four of us aside from work sharing good times and bad. Pam always welcomed new girls to join our party and new friendships were made Even after my moving away and returning for visits she always made sure we all got together again, making me feel like I never left. My heart aches to think it will never be the same wine party again. Pam I will miss you forever.

Jerami
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
My thoughts go out to you Brad and your family. I always remember the good times over at your house with your mom growing up.

Jody & Chris
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Chris and I have known Pam for many years and as we look back, we will always remember her spirited love for life, her sparkle and her infectious and unique laugh. She was the type of person you were drawn to and always came away from smiling.Heaven is truly a better and no doubt funner place with Pam. To her family, special friends and "her Darrell", our heartfelt sympathies extend to you all.

Betty Harper
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Pam for several years at the Deck. I never recall seeing her in a bad mood. Like all of us, I'm sure that she experienced tough times, but it never showed. I will always remember her laughter. She was a joy to know and will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Hold on tight to the memories.

Mary & Orval Paxson
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
We've known Pam since the day she was born - Carol & Arlyn were always great friends of ours. We all know how hard it is to lose anyone, but especially a daughter or son. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

steve trich
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Haven't seen Pam for a few years but she was always fun to talk to and be with. I send my condolences to all friends and family.

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hannah correll
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I worked with Pam at the Deck for almost 4 years. She always made me laugh and smile when I was having a bad day! I will never forget when she dressed up like a cow for halloween and squirted people with milk!! She will always be in my heart! Rest in peace Pam!!

Pete Clong
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Brad & Uncle Brian,

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

- The Ross & Clong Families

Peggy
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Pam,
We have worked together for many years, and I love to think of all the fun times we had together. It brings a smile to my face everytime I think of one. My favorite time is my first concert. When we all went to see def lepord. That was the best time every, and it was because of you. I will miss you and your smile that lights up the room.
It was an honor having the same day to celebrate our birthdays on. I will always toast to you on that day. It will still be our day. So up in heaven on May 10 raise your glass and toast with me! Love you Pam!
Your friend always,

Peggy

Barb and Jason Arnold
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
To the Minnaert Family:

Barb and I have you in our prayers.

You only live twice... The life you WANT to live and the life you DO live. Pam lived her life the way she WANTED and that is very admirable these days. We should all be so lucky.

Stay postive... Hope to see you soon.

Cara Jolly
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I've known Pam my entire life as she was best friends with both my mom (Julie) and aunt (Cindy). I live in California now, and I feel very thankful that I was able to see Pam one last time in August when I was back visiting Geneseo. Pam was one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed. I'm so deeply saddened by her passing, but I take comfort in knowing that she'll always be with us in spirit.

Pam, you were a wonderful person and loved by many. I'll never forget your smile or little quirks that made you shine so brightly. You'll always have a special place in my heart. Cheers to the one and only Wam*


Deb & Dave Williams
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Cheryl, Carol & family,

We are so deeply sorry to hear about Pam. She always had a smile on her face and a skip in her step. She will be deeply missed by all.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure! Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult loss.

Terry Padavich
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Pam was one of the first people I made freinds with when moving to Geneseo 30 years ago. She had the patience to train me as a waitress. I will remember her laugh and the good times at the Deck.

Kathy Anderson Ege
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Lynn, Mike and I are very sorry for your loss i recently lost my mother, and i understand your grief.Pam was a very compationate person.

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Felicia Townsend
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Bryan,

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss, I have also loss a sister so I know personally how you are feeling, just know that god is with you and your family at this time.

Wanda Peterson Owen and family
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I shared many memories with Pam; running from bats in 4th grade at South school, rolling down Richmond Hill at our senior girls' picnic, early marraiage and divorce, lots of time trying to figure life out. Though I only saw her a few times in the past 25 years I was always amazed at her zest for life. Bradley, the last time I saw her (a couple years ago when I was in Gtown and she was our waitress) all she talked about was you and how proud she was of what a great young man you had become. God bless all of you and a special hug for Carol. Love, Wanda

Luann Frazier
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Dear Eyrich family, Nowers family and Brad,
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.
It has been a couple of years
since I have seen Pam. I remember her as such a pleasant person to be around as well as a wonderful and attentive waitress. Pam always seemed to enjoy her work.
May the Lord give you strength at this most difficult time.

Sincerely,
Luann Frazier




diane & gary gray
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
we will always remember her smiling and laughter. always happy to see anybody at any time she will be really missed by many.

Roberta Fews
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Bryan: I just wanted to take the time to express my sincere condolences on the loss of your sister. You and your family remain in my prayers. May god continue to give you peace during this time.

Roberta

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Darin
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Thank you Pam, thank you for being you. I feel blessed to have had you as a friend for virtually ever! I will think of you every May on our birthdays, and my biggest hugs to Carol and family at this difficult time. Pam was always a bright light in an otherwise dreary day, and I will miss her dearly!

Mary Louise Brown
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Dear Brad, Carol, Cheryl, Brian, & Lynn, My sincere condolences to you for your loss. Pam was special. A shining star. I became friends with her after she started working at the Cellar and she was a great friend. She always had a smile on her face and the ability to lift your mood. I'll never forget her. May our memories or her help us through the tough days ahead.

Charlie Hanford
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I grew up with Pam as a next door neighbor and a classmate. She is in some of my earliest memories and I will never forget those great summertimes in our neighborhood!
Thanks Pam!

Barbara Ledford
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Carol and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. How sad we were to hear about Pam. May she rest in peace God bless all of you

Barbara and family

Michaela
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
The world was a brighter place because of Pam. The party never started 'till Wammy got there. She will be missed.

Melissa Egert
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I am stunned by the loss of Pam and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. Without a doubt, Pam's smile will remain forever in many hearts!

Brad Orendorff
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
Pam was a true lady. She always made me laugh and smile she will be missed. I will have my memories to get me through.

Kim Orsborn
   Posted Sat January 28, 2012
I was truely blessed getting to meet Pam when I worked at the Cellar. She took me under her wing from the first day I started and our friendship began. So many good times "Wham" thank-you, you have touched so many lives and will be so greatly missed.




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