Pamela's Story

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Pamela Jo (Hodapp) Schreiner, age 58, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, January 25, 2018 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Mankato.
Pams family will greet friends on Thursday afternoon February 1, 2018 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato. A celebration of Pams life will be at 7 P.M. following the visitation in the Woodland Hills Chapel with Chaplin Jerry David officiating. Memorials are preferred to Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS)
Pamela was born in Charleston Ill in 1959 to John and Marjorie Hodapp (Larsen) then moved to Mankato at the age of 5. In high school at Mankato East, she was involved in music by playing the baritone in the marching band, was co-president of the synchronized swim team, and cheered during games in the Sunrisers pep squad.
She continued being involved with marching band at the University of Minnesota where she also earned her Bachelors of Human Sciences in Physical Education.
After earning her degree, she moved to Los Angeles for her first teaching job. There she met her future husband Richard, a colleague in the Physical Education department. The pair moved back to Minnesota to continue educating in District 77 and to begin their family life with their two daughters. They enjoyed traveling, volunteering, camping, bicycling and water sports together.
She was a life-long educator, most recently as adjunct faculty at MSU, as well as the aquatic director for community-based education. She specialized in training professional- level CPR, First AID, and Water Safety Instruction. Pam spent her extracurricular time giving back to the community of Mankato. She was a leader for Camp Fire USA, a youth volunteer organization, for 12 years. Pam worked closely with people of special needs through two decades of water exercise for those with Multiple Sclerosis, as well as coached the aquatic games for the Special Olympics. She also had a large place in her heart for animals and even instructed her own special class for Doggie CPR.
Pamela made sure to empower her daughters by teaching them, through her own actions, to be independent, strong, to value education, and value the importance of other women. She was sociable, selfless, and sincere. And for her last good gesture, she ended her short life as an organ donor.
Pamela is survived by her husband Richard, her two daughters Nacia and Carmen, and her siblings Randy (Vicki), and Debbie. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Published on January 27, 2018
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