Pamela S. Knowlton

Pamela S. Knowlton

Pam passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 due to a tragic accident in Otsego.

She was born August 23, 1959 in Plainwell, the daughter of Larry and Shirley (Vander Ploeg) Knowlton. Pam grew up in Shelbyville and was a 1977 graduate of Wayland High School. Following graduation she moved to Otsego. She attended Parsons Business School and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Nazareth in 1984. Pam had worked for the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo and then had worked for the Allegan County Treasurer for 10 years. For the past 2 years she was employed with the city of Otsego. Pam loved her cats and enjoyed scrapbooking, arts and crafts and following NASCAR.

Surviving are her mother, Shirley; her brothers, Doug Knowlton of Shelbyville and Steve (Natalie) Knowlton of Otsego; niece, Ashley; nephew, Tyler; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; along with her special family members, Tim and Heather Smith and Kayla and Trenton.

She was preceded in death by her father, Larry in 1991.

Friends may meet with Pam’s family Monday, March 2, 2015 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Jason Zimmer officiating.

Private family burial will follow.

Contributions in memory of Pam may be made to Christian Neighbors.

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  1. Chuck and Lori Franko says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Connie Bennett says:

    I am so very sorry about the pain your family is going through

  3. gail george says:

    So very sorry to hear this, thoughts an prayers to the family.

  4. Jamie Scott says:

    I can see Pam driving her mustang above the clouds.
    I scrapbooked with her several times a few years ago and enjoyed her company very much.

  5. Larry Houtman says:

    Pam was a colleague at Pharmacia & Upjohn. I enjoyed knowing and working with her. My sympathies to the entire family.

  6. Dan Miller says:

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Prayers are with all of you.

  7. Pam De Maagd says:

    . I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for God’s comfort for you.

  8. vicky says:

    I’m sorry 2 hear about Pam.kathy.pam.& I had some good times.we parted ways but have our memories. Hugs & prayers 2 u the family that are left behind.she is your guardian ANGEL &she will always be with u.

  9. vicky brennan says:

    I’m sorry 2 hear about hugs & prayers 2 family left behind.You have a guardian ANGEL.lots of memories with pam.myself & kathy.

  10. Kim Bailey says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. May her memory remain in your heart, helping you to cope with the days ahead. Rely on God, that he may give you the strength needed to deal with the days ahead. He gives us the hope of seeing our loved ones again on a paradise earth where suffering and death will be a thing of the past. May this also bring comfort and hope to your pained heart. (Revelation 21:4; Acts 24:15)

  11. Mike, Diane & Molly Long says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  12. Judy Keizer-Miller says:

    So sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. Pam and I graduated in 1977. Always remember her smile. Praying for her family and work family, that God will bless you all with the Peace that only HE can give.

  13. Mary Koontz Cordle says:

    So very sorry to hear this. I have many memories of Pam and our time together near Selkirk Lake during high school. Praying for the family during this time.

  14. Phyllis Coonrod says:

    I pray for peace, strength and healing for friends and family. It has been so many years since Pam and I have spoken yet it only felt like yesterday when we talked. We had made plans. She will be greatly missed. Any one who knew Pam knew she was a special and kind hearted lady. I’m so very sorry. May the peace of God be with you all.

  15. Bill Fales says:

    Prayers extended to the Knowlton family. A tragic loss indeed may the Lord place his arms around those affected and give comfort knowing another angel has wings in heaven.

  16. Tony Coonrod says:

    Steve, and the Knowlton Family,

    So Very Sorry to hear the news. I just reconnected with Pam after, basically growing up, and looked forward to catching up. I send prayers, and Condolences to your family during this difficult time.

  17. Michelle smith says:

    So sorry to hear of this loss. My sister had spoken with her by phone about the fact that we were shirttail relatives somehow. .it would be my prayer that you would find peace in knowing that God is in charge of all of this and has a plan.

  18. Larry & Deb Barrows says:

    Steve, Natalie, Ashley & Tyler
    We are so sorry to hear about this tragic loss of your sister, sister in-law, and aunt.
    We love and trust a powerful God. He will give you peace, comfort and healing during this difficult time. We know you will all rely and turn to Him.
    We send our prayers and love.

  19. Nancy Elders (Cardiff) says:

    Was so sorry to hear about Pam. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time. Sending my deepest sympathy.

  20. Sam and Norma Vander ploeg says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Pams passing. We sure wish we were in Michigan to be with you all. We will sure miss our Neice, may God be with you Shirly, Steve and Wife and Doug
    Uncle Sam and Norma.

  21. Linda & Tom Da Veiga says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Way to early, we would have liked to have Pam among us a lot longer but God wanted her with him sooner.
    May you find peace in the memories of the good times with Pam.

  22. Joanne & Mike Krcatovich says:

    Steve & family,

    We’re so sorry for your loss. You’ll be in our prayers.

    God Bless

  23. John and Gloria Zwack says:

    I am so sorry you have to endure this hurt. Our thoughts are with you. Pam was always so sweet and kind. I really loved being with her.


  24. Dian Liepe says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Pam. I knew her when she worked for Allegan County. She was a pleasant and kind person. Hoping that your memories may help to comfort you during this sad time. Know that many people hold you in thoughts and prayers.

  25. Jacquelyn King says:

    I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with Pam at Allegan County and she was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed talking to her. I appreciated her passion for her job and her compassion for others. I will miss her.

  26. Brenda Kragt says:

    I knew Pam through her fine work at Upjohn and through shared worship experiences at church in Kalamazoo. Pam’s faith in Christ’s saving grace and His care was evident during her transition from working at Upjohn to Allegan. Accepting that Christ died for her sins has led to her ultimate heavenly reward. Knowing Pam is in heaven is a comfort. Nothing will replace the hole in our hearts and the wish for one more hug. Looking forward to her hello when it’s my turn.

  27. Tammy Chapin says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Pam at Allegan County and she was a very kind and considerate person. Thoughts and prayers to her family during this difficult time.

  28. Kriss Dee Kraker says:

    I pray that the Lord may give you comfort and strength. Pam and I worked together in the Allegan County Finance dept for many years. She will be missed.

  29. Gladys Versluis and Richard DeHaan says:

    Expressing our love and prayers in the homegoing of Pam.

  30. Bruce Gabala says:

    The first time I EVER rode a horse was with Pam; Gambler! She was a fun girl to have as a neighbor when we were VERY young. On a visit to Michigan several years back I ran into Pam and the memories came rushing back of such a happy time in my life. I am grateful. Steve and Doug, I am so sorry to get this news and pray that those memories comfort you.

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