Pamela S. Penke
July 9, 1949 – March 17, 2023
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Pauline Sheldon; sister, Cindy Manzotti.
She is survived by her husband, Terry; sons, Bryce (Heidi) and Brian (Emily), grandchildren: Addy, Mallory, Isabella, Christian and Harrison Penke; brother, Chris Sheldon (Debbie); sisters, Denise Failla (Joe), Shelley Nienhueser (Mark); half sister, Judith (Don) Johnson.
Pam was President of Assistance League and an active member for 25 years.
Family will receive friends Thursday, March 23rd from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL: Friday, March 24th, 11:00am at the West Center Chapel. Interment: Omaha National Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Pamela Sue Penke was born on July 9, 1949 in Shenandoah Iowa. She was the first of five siblings born to Richard and Pauline Sheldon. Soon after she was born, her parents moved to Omaha Nebraska. Pam graduated from Beveridge/Burke High School in 1967. It is at high school where she met and dated Terry Penke.
On October 5th, 1969, Pam and Terry were united in marriage. They have been married for 54 years. They began their married life in Guam where Terry was serving in the military. After returning from Guam, Pam attended the University of Omaha and in 1975 graduated with a degree in Interior Design. Pam loved interior decorating and although she never formally worked for a firm, she was always assisting anyone who needed ideas in decorating. She had an ability for finding just the right piece of furniture or accessory.
In 1976, Pam and Terry were blessed with their first son, Bryce. In 1978, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia where Terry was employed by First Data Resources. While they lived in Atlanta, their second son, Brian, was born in that same year.
Upon their return to Omaha, Pam spent most of her time raising her two sons. Pam was also very active in volunteering. She spent over 25 years as a volunteer for PEO and Assistance League where she was the President in her later years.
Pam enjoyed spending time with her sons and daughters in law and especially her grandchildren. She was very proud of all of them.
In August of 2018, Pam and her siblings were contacted by Judith Johnson, who we now know is our half sister. Judith is a wonderful blessing and Pam was able to get to know Judith and her family prior to her illness.
Pam was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and courageously battled the disease over the past few years. Pam passed away on March 17, 2023 at the age of 73.