Pamela Van Hove Hamilton, age 59, of Winsted, formerly of Edina, passed away Sept. 2, 2020, of a sudden death from an extremely aggressive and rare form of melanoma.
A private family funeral service will take place Monday, Sept. 21 at Christ Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Live webcast available from the CPC website (cpconline.org). To share experiences and memorials, see the Caring Bridge site, https//www.caringbridge.org/visit/pamvhamilton.
Pam made everyone she knew light up. She loved sharing stories of her wonderful marriage to Bob, and trips to see her grandchildren, whether they were in London, New York, or Bozeman. She always had a positive outlook on life, contagious smile, and gentle spirit. Throughout her life, she took care of everyone around her, whether it was family, friends, or co-workers. When we think of Pam, we remember the grace and strength she carried herself with, her positivity, professionalism, and kindness.
Pam was born in Willmar, and grew up on a farm near Clara City, with her three sisters and two brothers. Her mother and father instilled the importance of education, church, and doing your share for both family and friends. At home, Pam’s share was doing the baking, and at church, Pam’s share was music and piano.
When it came to education, Pam led the way by attending Dordt College, where she graduated with an associate degree in secretarial science. The director of admissions at the university quickly hired her as an administrative assistant. This started a life-long direction for her career.
In 1989, Pam moved back to Minnesota to take a position as executive assistant for the chairman and CEO of Department 56, a division of Bachman’s. Coincidentally, this is where she would meet her future husband, Robert Hamilton, whose company, Core Group Marketing, was based on the floor above. Pam joined forces with Bob at Core Group, which happily led to a beautiful relationship and marriage.
The next challenge for Pam was as an executive assistant for senior partners at McKinsey. Pam joined Cargill as an executive assistant, where she made an incredible impact on both the business and everyone she worked with.
Pam was preceded in death by brother, Doug, and father, Ted Van Hove.
Pam is survived by her loving husband, Robert Hoge Hamilton; mother, Ruth Van Hove; sisters, Sue (Steve) Blacker; Julie (Terry) Kooi; and Shar Beck (fiancé Doug); and brother, Scott Van Hove; nieces; nephews; step-sons, Chris (Anna) Hamilton; Hiram (Medora) Hamilton; grandchildren, Grace; Luke; Soren; Adelaide; Winslette; Sevilla; Emmeline; and Hawthorne.