Pamela Gail Yates, 63, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on November 2, 2021. Pam is survived by her twin daughter and son, Ella and Max, both of Lake Forest, IL, who were the true joys of her life. Her beloved spouse, Lora Sielatycki Yates, predeceased her in 2017. Pamela was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from Bristol Eastern High School, earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in Environmental Safety and Health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She had an accomplished career in the field of environmental and occupational health and safety, which took her all over the world. She was last employed at Linde PLC as North American Head of Health and Hygiene. Pam and Lora shared a passion for travel with Max and Ella and they took unique trips that reflected the family's curiosity for the world and nature's beauty. Their camping trip to Alaska several years ago, included a visit to the North Pole on a small prop plane, a hike on a glacier, and Iditarod dog sledding. Pam was also a passionate UConn Huskies basketball fan, and enjoyed blues and jazz music, summer music festivals, and dancing and singing to the songs of NRBQ, one of her favorite bands. In recent years, Pam was especially grateful for the loving care provided to Max and Ella by Sara and Bob Smith, and the selfless support offered to her from Lora's sister, Vicki Niswander. A note of gratitude is also extended by her family to the staff of Green Oaks Senior Living; especially to Jennifer in the Memory Care unit, with whom a loving bond was developed. Her parents, David and Maureen Yates of Bristol, CT, predeceased Pam in death. She is survived by her siblings Kenneth of Groveland, MA; Gregory and his wife, Kris of Bristol, CT; Gerald and his wife, Colleen of Simsbury, CT; and Rose Yates of West Newbury, MA. Six Yates nieces and nephews, and Lora's extended family of siblings, nieces, and nephews, with whom she nurtured deep and loving relationships, also survive Pam. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 13 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 East Westminster Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Alzheimer's Foundation, alzfdn.org
. Arrangements coordinated by Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Street, Lake Forest, IL, www.wenbanfh.com
or (847) 234-0022.
Published by Hartford Courant on Nov. 10, 2021.