In Memory

Pamela Lenzi (Robert)

Pamela Lenzi (Robert)

Date of death:   January 16, 2004

Age: 63

Residence at time of death:  Barrington, Illinois

Cause of death:  Cancer

Family:  Husband, Lewis Robert; daughter, Jennifer Abram;  son,  Jeffrey Robert;  sisters:  Nancy Lenzi Cooke, Annette Lenzi Martin

Pam's Life:

Pam was a wonderful wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, and grandmother. Oh, how she would have loved to see that her daughter's family moved back from California and purchased her old home in Barrington. Watching Jennifer and Deren and her two grandchildren Madeleine & Benjamin would have been such a treat. Then Pam would be so very happy visiting son Jeffrey and his wife Megan in Denver, Colorado. Watching the two new grandchildren Owen and Gabriel would have been so special for Pam and the grandchildren. Pam....we all miss you very much and we know that you are keeping watch over all of us.

-- Lewis Robert, Pam's husband

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10/26/08 06:04 AM #1    

Karen Cheli (Sullivan)

As I sit here writing this, I find it hard to believe that I can't just pick up the phone and hear Pam's voice. Her untimely death from cancer in 2004 left a huge void in the lives of her dear friends and wonderful family.

Pam never lost her love of music. Having been part of a talented musical family (her dad and uncles were all very gifted musicians), she was an accomplished violinist and was Concert Mistress of Mr Finch's wonderful orchestra for 2 years! (Remember those 5th period orchestral rehearsals?) I can still see Phoebe Fabricant playing the bass and Rose Ann Albert struggling with her straight skirt while trying to play the cello!

Pam and I, along with Rose Ann Albert Simpson, have been best friends since early elementary school. We lived within blocks of each other, our parents were friends and we shared a lifetime of memories. Pam is deeply missed every day. I know she would be thrilled to be a part of this wonderful celebration. Her laughter and her smile will be with all of us who loved her so much. You're the best, Lenz-zzzzz!

01/27/09 07:24 PM #2    

Roseann Albert (Simpson)

Today, BFF is common shorthand for my granddaughters as their nimble fingers text messages to their friends. Those three letters describe perfectly how I felt about Pam. We met in Mrs. Amedei’s second grade class, the year she transferred from St. James to Oak Terrace. She was short and I was tall. She had two sisters and I was an only child. My grandmother called us, Mutt & Jeff. Except for fourth grade, Pam and I were always in the same class: we developed similar interests, had the same favorite teachers and mutual friends. Our friendship continued through high school and college, in our early twenties when I was married with two children and she was single and dating, and when she moved to Colorado with her husband and two children. I was so happy when they returned to Illinois and we could see each other more often.

In 2003, I called Pam from my cell phone on my way home from wintering in Arizona to find out how she was feeling after a short stay in the hospital. Listening to her upbeat conversation, I never thought in less than a year, I would be unable to pick up the phone and talk to her again.

Pam was a wonderful friend, spouse, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She loved learning new things, outdoor activities and music, but her gift was the time she always gave to others and her ability to live in the moment of those relationships. I will always miss my BFF, Pam.

02/21/09 08:28 AM #3    

Lynne Carey (Hellman)

My memories of Pam are of fun, laughter and of course, orchestra. She was a gifted musician, and I was always in the second violin section! I remember basketball games with her, and doing a skit at the dance afterwards. For some reason we danced wearing swim flippers and thought we were hilarious!
I also remember her college visit when I was at UW in Madison, and all of the long talks we had......mostly, I have to admit, about guys!
I was so saddened to read about Pam's death, and will always remember what a very special person and friend she was.

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