Pamela Jean Uphoff Dedinsky
55, died on November 14th, 2012 at home after a ten month battle with cancer. She passed at home peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
Pam was born April 3rd, 1957 in Columbus, Nebraska to Don Uphoff and Renelda Uphoff Molacek. She was one of six children and is survived by her sisters Jayne Westering, Jackie Loseke, twin Penny Kampshneider and brothers Kent and Tony Uphoff. Pam graduated from Scotus High School in Columbus, Nebraska in 1975 after which she earned her nursing degree from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in 1978. Pam met her husband Greg in Omaha. They were married in 1983 after which they moved to Indianapolis where Greg began his surgical residency. In a new city with no friends, mom spent her time nursing at St. Vincent's Stress Center and shopping for friends (and groceries) at Cub Foods. She quickly changed employment to Fairbanks Hospital where she worked for the next twenty years as a nurse in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Over that time, she blessed Greg with four beautiful daughters.
Pam spent most of her adult life taking care of others. She was the kind of woman who would give her shirt to a total stranger and could make friends with a cardboard box. Pam was notorious for her ability to find a good deal - especially when it involved cars. She was an avid Indiana Pacer and Nebraska Cornhusker fan no matter their record. Music has always been a large part of her her life and for many years, she sang in the Sweet Adelines Barbershop Chorus.
She spent the kid's grade school years volunteering at Orchard School and running the concession stand to raise money for the school. She also spent years volunteering as a volleyball coach at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish and grade school. When the kids moved onto Cathedral High School, Pam became an avid Cathedral Volleyball fan where she spent countless hours supporting the Fighting Irish. She also spent time in Honduras in January of 2011 where she fell in love with the Honduran people.
In 2003, Pam returned to work at Fairbanks until she was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012. Her last ten months have been a testament to her quiet faith, fearlessness, and humility. She endured chemotherapy and radiation with a Pam-smile and no complaints. She passed ready and willing to return to her Heavenly Father.
Pam is survived by her loving husband Greg, her daughters Kendal, Kaylin, Lauren, and Ellie, her siblings and mother, Renelda Molacek.
You are invited to visit http://www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a story with the family, sign the guest book, or in lieu of purchasing flowers in her memory, please make donations to Friends of Honduran Children. Checks may be sent to Friends of Honduran Children PO Box 501213 Indianapolis, IN 46250 or online via Paypal at fhcindiana.org. Donors should write, "In Memory of Pam Dedinsky," on the memo line.
A Catholic Mass to celebrate her life will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 17th at 3 p.m. The wake will be held at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel on Friday, November 16th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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