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Pamela Joy VanWeelden

Pamela J. VanWeelden, of Portage passed away with a loving spirit on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the age of 63 from heart complications at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pam was born on February 1, 1957 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was the middle child of Fred and Ester Drenth. She spent 43 wonderful years married to her husband, Dennis VanWeelden. The couple was later blessed with their son, Jeremy VanWeelden, whom Pam loved dearly. Family and friends were very important to her and she always made time to help care for them when needed. Those who knew her strong personality and devoted friendship will forever miss her warm and loving spirit. In Pam's words, "life is too short, we should all set aside our differences and take time to enjoy one another". Upon her death, she asked her family and friends not to mourn because her life was over. She wanted them to smile because he let it happen and wish her God's speed on her journey to eternal life, knowing that the best is yet to come. Pam is survived by her loving husband: Dennis VanWeelden; son: Jeremy VanWeelden; brother: Douglas Drenth and Randy Drenth; sisters: Terri Veildman and Jennie Drenth; sister-in-laws: Cindy Boven and Linda Moed. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of Life service will be postponed until Spring of 2021. The celebration will take place at her home on Austin Lake. For those who wish to attend the celebration, please send a note to Dennis VanWeelden at 2363 Woody Noll Drive, Portage, MI 49002 for confirmation on the date and time. While at Pamela's webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign her guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with her family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269)679-5622.

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I think of Pam frequently. She was one of those people that always made you smile. I worked with Pam for about 6 years at Pharmacia/Upjohn and she became a very good friend. She once volunteered to watch while girls when they were quite young on a day I had to work. I came home to find them watching soap operas together on the loveseat. II still laugh at that day. That was Pam, an angel on earth and now in heaven. Much love to Denny and Jeremy. Dora Cohen

Dora Cohen Dec 30 2020 12:24 PM

Denny and family, Pam's smiling photo was beneath my dad's photo in the Oct 11 Gazette. I worked with Pam (she in building 298 and me in 88 with Regulatory) until 1989. I recognized that smile even before I read her name. My prayers are for you in the days and months to come. Brenda Kragt

Brenda Kragt Oct 26 2020 11:27 AM

Denny, We are so sad to hear of Pams passing, she was such a sweetheart and I enjoyed knowing her some 45 years. Pam was always a positive person with a smile for everyone, last time I ran into the two of you, I told Dave that Pam was still a bubble of enthusiasm and you both looked great. Take care of yourself Denny. Darcy & Dave Harmsen

Darcy & Dave Harmsen Oct 18 2020 8:40 AM

I am very sorry to learn that Pam has passed away and want to express my sympathy to Denny and his family. Pam worked in my unit at The Upjohn Company and she always had a smile and she was a very dedicated employee. She dealt with health issues for many years, and the last time I saw her she was smiling and and courageously dealing with her health challenges.

Eli & Hilde Thomssen Oct 18 2020 7:42 AM

Blessings of love and comfort for all of you during this time.

Susan Rhem-Westhoff Oct 15 2020 12:51 PM

I remember visiting MI for the first time 2 summers ago. Chris wanted us to meet his Aunt and Uncle. I was so happy to meet this wonderful woman. She was so sweet and genuine. She gave a beautiful childrens bible to our daughter, Allie. We will treasure it always. My heart goes out to Uncle Denny and Jeremy. We love you and will prayer for you both for peace.

Julie Boven Oct 11 2020 3:08 PM

Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of Pamela Joy VanWeelden.

Oct 11 2020 3:03 PM

Pam was very comforting and supportive during my nine year journey with cancer. George and I regarded her as extended family and she will be greatly missed. She had a wonderful, kind and caring spirit. Linda Berry

Linda Berry Oct 11 2020 2:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Pamela VanWeelden

Linda Moed Oct 11 2020 12:51 PM

Dear Denny and Jeremy: Our deepest condolences to you for the loss of Pam. Wow, we are speechless that Pam is no longer on this earth. Our friendship goes back to our lives on Towhee when we became great neighbors and friends. You were both always such good listening friends and always ready to help anyone in need. Our pool parties, camping, and even though we haven't seen each other in awhile, our memories over the years have been wonderful and you are all in our hearts forever! Please let us know what we can do to help, listen, come and visit, bring a meal, or anything you need. We are a phone call away. Much love and hugs to you both and may Peace be with you both! Love, Pam and Georges!

Pamala Yoder-gagnon Oct 11 2020 10:44 AM

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