Pamela Ann Minero, born May 16, 1949 in Canton, Ohio lost her courageous fight with cancer on October 28, 2009. Pam is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jack Minero of McHenry, Illinois; her brother, Jim Schmader of Canton; her sister, Joan Sieber of Hartville, Ohio; her mother, Dorothy Schmader of Canton; and her niece, Julie and her nephew, Tim. She was preceded in death by her loving father, Herman Schmader, also of Canton.
Pam graduated from Glenwood High School in Canton and attended Ohio University where she studied art, a love and talent she practiced masterfully for the rest of her life. However, the excitement of world travel called to Pam prior to college graduation, and she changed career goals and became a national and international flight attendant with American Airlines for over 25 years.
A cancer survivor in remission for nine years before her recurrence, Pam participated actively in the McHenry chapter of the American Cancer Society and was a Reach For Recovery counselor and personal contact for women newly diagnosed with or undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She also chaired the Bull Valley Hospice Committee and participated in several Relays for Life to raise funds for cancer research.
A devout Catholic and member of The Church of Holy Apostles, Pam rejoiced in singing in the church choir and co-chaired the Art & Environment and Renovation and Decorating Committees, including making floral arrangements for church holy days. Additionally, she brought communion to those in nursing homes through the Compassionate Ministry program.
During her 16 years in McHenry, Pamela was president of the Bull Valley Garden Club, board member of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, including the co-chairing of the spring luncheon, and floral chair of the Centegra Auxiliary Mad Hatters Committee.
Services will be held at The Church of Holy Apostles on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Visitation hours are from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 AM with interment immediately following at The Church of Holy Apostles Cemetery. Donations may be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com.