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Pamela Carol Schultheis

Pamela Carol Schultheis


Pamela Carol Schultheis returned to Peace on February 11, 2023. She was comforted by the

love and care of her family in all her days, especially her last days, along with the reverent and

professional staff of Fish Memorial Hospital in Orange City; especially the Hospice nurses who

provide the most sacred care every day.

Pam was born in 1942 in San Francisco CA to Ralph and Muriel Ratto. She had one beloved and close sister, Valerie; the two were inseparable if at times rivalrous.

Pam was a lifelong girl scout at heart. As a teen counselor, she snuck an awkward and lanky boy into the girl scout camp in the high Sierra. He slept overnight in a storage shed, Pam and

Jim were married 2 years later and had 59 years together. Their marriage, made of mutual respect and teamwork, is a model for all who could plainly see the love and care they had for

each other.

Pam studied to be a nurse, but her real calling was her family and she served them with the

kindest attention. She is survived by two children: Rob of Thermopolis WY, and John (partner

Jennie) of Red Hook NY. She and Jim raised their boys to be strong, independent, and

sensitive. Both boys are excellent cooks, a skill they learned from her. Pam, always humble,

may have thought of herself as a “mom cook”, but in reality, she was a master chef of the

highest order, Michelin would award her two stars if they could. 3 dear grandchildren, Ella and

Noah of Red Hook NY, and Micah, of Los Angeles CA were loved, cared, and cooked for by

Pam. As a grandmother, Pam shone. A photo of her holding her youngest grandson Noah

positively radiates warmth and joy.

While her children were young, Pam volunteered for the PTA in Miami FL. A proud achievement

was working to build a large native garden, known as Kenwoods, at Kenwood Elementary

School, before being “green” was cool. She showed that anything will grow with care, even a

whole forest.

Pam could never say no to a worthy cause or a person in need. She loved listening to music,

as well as the weekly radio show A Prairie Home Companion . The show’s “news” segment

always ended with “That’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where the women are strong, the men

are good-looking, and the children are above average.” Indeed, this could be Pam’s motto; she

knew to always look for the good and she knew that as you seek, so shall you find.

Pam later worked as a tax preparer. Upon retirement, she and Jim traveled the world. Together

they visited every continent, making memories and friends with fellow travelers. The pair also

enjoyed a classic car hobby together, including completing The Great Race twice - a

cross-country race using old cars.

Pam was a breast cancer survivor. Despite health setbacks, Pam never complained or pitied herself. Her reserve of strength was unending. She was not inclined to credit a deity; Pam was perhaps best described as an optimist and humanist. Above all she was kind, and she

demonstrated civility and forgiveness at every turn. She believed abundantly in non-violence and knew that peace is always possible.

Music was a comfort to Pam in her last days. A favorite song was sung by Willie Nelson:

“When we meet up yonder; We’ll stroll hand-in-hand again; In the land that knows no parting; blue eyes crying in the rain.”

A celebration of life is planned for March 18 at Lankford Funeral Home, DeLand. The family will

receive visitors from 2 pm to 3pm; a service will follow at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Pam’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Girl Scouts of Northern California.

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