Pam Hartzell, 58 of Oxford PA, died Tuesday January 11, 2022 with family and friends by her side.
Born August 31, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Robert K. and Gloria (Speangler) Hartzell.
Pam was a Teacher, Librarian, and Destination Imagination (DI) Team Manager at Holly Hall Elementary School (HHES) in Elkton Maryland
She graduated from Boyertown High School, Class of ‘81 and from Millersville University, Class of ’85 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Pam grew up in a traditional household with two older brothers (Todd and Scott) along with a younger brother (Kip). Her parents were both career teachers which may have influenced her to pursue what became the love of her life, teaching and molding young minds. There was no child that Pam couldn’t teach since she took all variables into consideration ensure all children, not matter the learning level, could participate, and have fun in learning.
The journey to become a teacher began by graduating from Boyertown Highschool and later from Millersville University with a Teaching degree. Pam called a few schools home before finding her permanent home at Holly Hall Elementary School (HHES) in Elkton Maryland. Here she was a dedicated Librarian and Teacher for over thirty years. She spent time developing materials so all students could join in the learning journey Pam put before them allowing them to grow into leaders and inventors of future generations. Not only did she guide her students on a learning journey during the school day, but she was also the Team Manager of the HHES Destination Imagination (DI) team where she led her young minds to local, state, national, and international victories. Creativity and imagination were not only welcome but encouraged around Pam.
While her students were a key driver in her life, her faith as a devout Catholic held a special place in her heart. While being a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Oxford, Pa she was also a member of the Choir. She could be found Sunday mornings practicing her faith and sharing her great singing voice with the church.
Not only was she a great teacher and a devout catholic but she was also an Aunt and Great Aunt to several nieces and nephews. You wouldn’t find her inside over her summer breaks but outside or on another adventure exploring the world around her. She enjoyed breaking bread with friends and family especially if you suggested Steak or Seafood especially Red Lobster. Pam had a large collection of Carousel horses and unicorns which she loved and displayed throughout her home.
Pam may have come off as rigid and let you know if she had an opinion on a topic, but once you got past her tough independent outer shell, she was a loving and caring person. If you had the pleasure of knowing this side of Pam, there was none other like her.
No matter if you knew her as Ms. Hartzell, Aunt Pam, or just Pam, we all got to know a side of Pam that probably left an impression that will always be remembered. She will be missed and there will never be another like her.
Pam is survived by a brother, R. Scott Hartzell, Hamburg, PA and Kip Hartzell, Raleigh NC, two Nieces and two Nephews and three Great Nieces. She will be missed by all.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday January 22, 2022 in the Assumption-Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2181 Washington Ave., Northampton PA 18067. There will be a viewing from 11:00 am until the time of the service in the church. Burial will be in St. Peters UCC Cemetery, Northampton, after the funeral along with a luncheon to exchange stories and memories of Pam.
Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle PA is handling the arrangements.
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