It is with sadness but great relief that I share with you the news that Pamela has embarked on a new journey. Her journey began on the afternoon of Thursday, July 8, surrounded by her loving family, with her beloved daughter, Monisha, by her side.
As Pam flies through the clouds, she will watch over her daughter, Monisha (Evan McGahey) Dadlani; his parents, Robert and Jacqueline Stefl; sisters, Laura Stefl and Janeen (Gregory) Thompson; and brothers, Gregory, Joel and Nathan (Karen) Stefl. She will keep a watchful eye on her nieces, Sarava Hartley and Katherine Larson; nephews, Jonathan and Liam Thompson, Myles Stefl and Andrew Larson.
Pam had a passion for travel, discovery, learning and teaching. Her travels have taken her across the Far East, Europe and the Mediterranean, studying different cultures, languages and ways of life. While exploring the present, she never forgot the past, performing extensive genealogical research on her extended family. One of her favorite places to visit was Vienna, itself of Austrian descent.
Pam’s formal education began at Byron-Bergen Central School, then Genesee Community College, Florida Atlantic University, and finally Harvard University where she obtained her Masters. Like her parents and siblings, she was always ready to give back, especially to those who were eager to learn. While living in New York City, she started “Culture Kids,” worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, led Weight Watchers groups, and spent countless hours raising funds for the arts.
When Pam moved to Florida, her journey continued, contributing to the success of the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. She enjoyed working with children and teaching whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Despite Pam’s health problems, she viewed these challenges as opportunities to educate others as she often sought care in teaching hospitals. Even as she makes her final departure, she created opportunities for medical science to learn more about spasmodic dysphonia, a condition she struggled with for many years.
At the door, she leaves her ex-husband, Vivek Dadlani, and the whole Dadlani clan, many aunts, uncles and cousins and a world of loving friends, too many to mention.
Fly with those who came before you. This is not a farewell, but rather a good trip.