DULUTH — Pamela Sue Anderson (Karels) passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at her home in Duluth with friends and family by her bedside. Her long journey with breast cancer has ended.
Pam was born in Brainerd on Sept. 10, 1957 to Diane and Royal Karels. She graduated from Brainerd High School in 1975. She then 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.
She 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.
Pam was preceded in death by her grandmother Elsie Karels and grandfather Henry Peters.
She 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, Mitch (Missy) and Steve (Lynda) both of Brainerd; sister-in-law Arlie (Terry Nydeen) of Albany; brother-in-law Fred (Annette) Noldy. She is also survived by her grandmother Gladys Peters, 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 will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Ave. Duluth, MN. Visitation will continue from 10 am until the 11 a.m. memorial service on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1325 N. 45th Ave. E. Duluth, MN. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Essentia Health Cancer Center.