Rampersad, Pamela J.
Pamela Jean Rampersad (nee Knoll) received the greatest blessing one can be given as she was called to her heavenly home on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the age of 44.
Pam was born on August 15th, 1969 in Appleton, WI to James and Gloria Knoll (nee Freer). Her new life with Christ began at her baptism into God's family shortly thereafter. Throughout the following years she continued her spiritual growth, publicly professing her faith in Jesus as the Savior during her confirmation at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Appleton during her 8th grade year. To her final day, her confirmation verse brought her great comfort. [Jesus said] "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20).
Pam had a love for learning that was almost insatiable. She attended Mt. Olive Lutheran Grade School and Fox Valley Lutheran High School, growing spiritually and academically. After high school she attended the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin, Madison (receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism), Fox Valley Technical College (receiving her associate's degree in applied science), the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, (receiving her bachelor of science in nursing degree) and Seton Hall University (receiving her masters of science in nursing).
Pam was extremely active, and her physical activities included a love for biking, running, hiking, cross country skiing, and just working out. Music was a big part of her life as she played piano, trombone and the violin. She enjoyed shopping for fashionable clothes, decorating her house and was known to visit thrift shops, finding unique decorator items. One thing many will remember about Pam is her determination and strong will, which were evident even during her illness. Her pride and joy, the loves of her life, were her children: Constance, Vincent, and Augusta Bougie and Samantha Rampersad.
Pam is also survived by her parents, Gloria and Jim Knoll, Appleton, her husband, Michael Rampersad, her sisters Sara (Tim) Benes, De Pere, and Heather (Philip) Bigelow, Hemlock, MI, her brothers Paul (Heather) Knoll, Combined Locks, and Darren (Lori) Knoll, West Bend and many, many more relatives and dear friends.
Pam was preceded in death by her grandparents Gordon and Edna Freer and Bernhard and Irma Knoll. Together they now rejoice eternally at the feet of their Savior.
The family thanks the doctors and nurses of ThedaCare at Home for their selfless service. Thanks also to Pastor Mark Henke of Bethany Lutheran Church for all the prayers, love, and spiritual guidance showed to Pam. Special thanks to Auntie Joan, Pam's godmother, for all her care and concern throughout the years and especially during Pam's final days on earth.
Visitation will be held at Valley Funeral Home on 2211 N. Richmond Street from 4 PM to 8 PM on Thursday, September 5th. Visitation will also take place on Friday, September 6th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church in Appleton (530 W. Parkway Blvd.). A memorial service at the church will be held following the visitation at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be directed to Fox Valley Lutheran High School or Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin, a marching band that Pam was a part of during her high school years and that her daughter, Constance, currently participates in.
The Lord has called a dear mother, daughter, sister, relative and friend home. And for that, for such grace, we thank him.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2013