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Pamela K. Pickhardt

November 24, 1942 June 15, 2016
Pamela K. Pickhardt
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Obituary for Pamela K. Pickhardt

Pamela Kaye Pickhardt died peacefully June 15, 2016. She was 73 years old. Pamela was born November 24, 1942, in Ottawa, Illinois.

She is survived by her husband, William “Doc” Pickhardt, her daughters, Kim Burdt, Lori Kugel, Suzanne (Stuart) Morrow, and Victoria (Terry) Lochrie, and six grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd. (between 14-15 Mile Rds.), Sunday 2pm. Friends may visit Saturday 3-7pm and Sunday beginning at 1pm.

Memorial donations appreciated to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In her family's words:

I don't think that words can adequately describe the wife, mother, grandmother and friend that was Pamela Pickhardt. She was a wonderful, caring, generous, sparkling, sassy person. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. Pam had a wanderlust in her soul that led her to travel whenever she could. When her children were young she would load all the kids into the car and just go. Sometimes close, sometimes much longer trips. When her children were grown, she and her husband, William would travel to conferences and for pleasure both. She got to see a good part of the world. Her next trip would have been to China her husband related.

Christmas was Pam's favorite holiday, she would decorate the house from top to bottom. Every room had some decorations in them, even the bathrooms! She always wanted as much family around her at Christmas as possible, instilling in her children the importance of family and loving them. Pam had a wonderful sense of humor, even though she could never remember the punch line to a joke, she was able to use humor to make even the most serious situation more bearable. Pam was a strong, independent woman and was active in the PTA when her children were young, active in politics and her community. She was working hard to get the road leading to her house repaved, which the township approved shortly before her passing. Pam was a woman of strong opinions and liked to have lively discussions about things.

Pamela Pickhardt was a woman of many moods and loved to give a party. She gave parties for every holiday at one time or another. For William's 75th birthday, she had people come from all over the country to surprise him at their vacation home in Canada. Pam was also so much more than a companion to William. As William described she ran his life from top to bottom, including being the one that did most of the boring work for their company (such as payroll, bill paying, balancing the books, reading mail and keeping the lights on) while William got to do what he loved and go out to diagnose and cure sick trees.

Pamela had a wonderful sense of taste also and loved to change things around and remodel houses. I am pretty sure she did major work on every house they lived in to make it more to her taste and specifications, the most recent being the house in Harrison. While looking for things to decorate her houses, Pamela loved to bargain hunt and antique hunt. She would bat her eyelashes and dicker with just about anyone she thought she could get a better price out of. I could go on for years talking about Pamela and how wonderful she was. We, her family, will miss her with all our hearts for the rest of our days.

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