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Pamela S. Bierman, age 72, of Geneva, Illinois passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024. She was born October 14, 1951 in Elgin Illinois, the daughter of Kendall and Wilma (McCray) Bierman.
Pam grew up with her family in Geneva, Illinois. She had a wonderful childhood playing with her brother Steve and the neighborhood kids; building forts, exploring the block, riding bikes and roller skating. Pam had a special relationship with her mother, Wilma whom she admired very much. Mother provided a caring and structured home showering Pam and Steve with love. She would take the kids tobogganing in the winter, walk them to swim lessons everyday in the summer and even helped them build forts every now and then when they got their hands on an appliance box. Everynight they were tucked into bed at 7:00 pm sharp even if the sun was still shining and Pam would climb over to Steve’s bed to tell him a goodnight story. Every summer, a family trip was taken down south to Oran, Missouri to visit Grandma and Grandpa. Memories were made doing chores during the day, followed by a slow country drive to cool off and spending the rest of the evening shucking corn or snapping peas on the front porch chatting with neighbors who passed by. Pam wouldn't have traded these memories for anything in the world. Pam prided herself in having her mother’s personality; quick witted, strong, loving, hard working and could tell the raunchiest jokes.
Pam was a hard worker and started work at the age of thirteen at Ye Old Provencal House, a fabric store in downtown Geneva. She worked there throughout high school and graduated from Geneva High School in 1969. As an adult, Pam managed and co-owned Doc Morgan Inc. and was co-owner of LTC Group, both in St. Charles, Illinois. Pam was devoted to her work and was very generous with her spare time, serving on many boards and committees. She served on: the board of Valley Sheltered Workshop and Anderson Humane where she also served as secretary, she was the Past Senior Regent of the St. Charles Women of the Moose 512, she was the board president and treasurer for the Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, she served on the board of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, was the chair of DSCP Marketing Committee, member of the DSCP St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, Events Committee, Member Preservation Partners and Fine Art Show Committee. She was a patron of the arts and her home was filled with many works by local and regional artists. She gave a great deal of her time and finances to supporting the above listed causes and many other causes. She was a staunch supporter of everything pertaining to animals and their rights and protections.
Pam loved to travel. She visited all fifty states, all but one Canadian province, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Kenya. Although she didn’t have a favorite destination she especially enjoyed Devil’s Tower in Wyoming and delighted in relaxing on the balcony of a cruise ship with a blanket listening to the water lapping against the ship while falling asleep.
Along with her passion for travel, Pam had a deep passion for animals. She had many fond memories of her childhood dachshund, Snooper, whom Pam and Steve would lovingly dress up in doll clothes. If there was ever food left over after a meal, Pam would insist you “throw it outside for the animals.” Her cats were always referred to as her ‘kids.’ Her most recent kids were Topaz, Ebony and Ivory. She enjoyed their company and snuggles maybe more than anything else. It broke her heart to hear of animals being mistreated and she did everything in her power to help animals in need. Whenever she passed a dead animal on the side of the road she would quietly say “in God’s loving arms.” All animals great and small had a special place in Pam’s heart.
Pam’s nephews, Shea and Bryce were also loved as her kids. They once took a trip to see family in Missouri and along the way stopped at the Anheuser Busch Brewery where at the end of the tour the boys thought they were kings, eating all the free pretzels they wanted and drinking limitless fountain pop. It was their first time down south and they loved trying new foods, buying BBQ sauce and trinkets and seeing the ducks parade from the fountain to the lobby at the Peabody Hotel. Shea and Bryce had many sleepovers with Aunt Pam and Grandma. They would all watch Golden Girls together while Bryce sat on Aunt Pam’s lap in her recliner. While at Aunt Pam’s house, the boys were allowed Trix cereal, a sugary cereal that was not permitted at home and they were allowed to drink juice. However, they could only drink the juice on the kitchen floor to ensure it wouldn’t get spilled on the orange and brown shag carpet. Aunt Pam would bring the boys to Wheeler Park and watch them from the bench while the boys played mini golf, she never got tired of watching the boys play and horse around. Both Shea and Bryce continued to have a close relationship with Aunt Pam and enjoyed many more adventures and sweet moments with her.
Shea and Bryce were followed by great niece and nephew, Gwen and August as Aunt Pam’s special family members. Gwen and August will always remember picnics in Aunt Pam’s driveway during the pandemic, playing and riding scooters at the park across the street, Aunt Pam coming to all of Gwen’s plays, bringing August to the restaurant that served “the nasty biscuit,” wonderful Christmases with Aunt Pam and her trays and trays of cookies and her amazing cheese log. The Bierman family will miss hearing her say “be good,” “we shall see,” “talk at you later,” and “I love you.”
Pam was a hero and inspiration to many. Pam’s heroes were the organ donors who gave her life through her liver and kidney transplants. She was eternally grateful to them and so proud of her nephew, Bryce who gave the gift of life through his organ donations. She would encourage those reading this to please consider organ donation.
Pam is survived by her nephew Shea (wife Lea) of Byron, Illinois; great niece and nephew, Gwen and August; her pets who were her family, many cousins, their families and friends and their children who chose to call her “auntie.”
Pam was preceded in death by her parents Kendall and Wilma Bierman, her brother Steven Bierman, her beloved nephew Bryce Bierman, maternal grandparents Grace (Robison), and Arthur McCray, paternal grandparents Bertha (Zimmerman) and Edward Bierman, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and beloved pets.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2024 from 2:00 until the time of the memorial service at 4:00 pm at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E, State St. (Route 38), Geneva, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HELP (Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets), Anderson Humane and Lazarus House.
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