On Friday, September 11, 2020, a strong, caring, loving, wife, mother, daughter, grandma, and friend, Pamela Kay Hirzel, passed away at the age of 77.
Pam Belanger was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 21, 1942. In 1962 she married Jerry Hirzel, and this August they celebrated 58 joyful years of marriage. Together they raised a son, Eric, and a daughter Becky.
Pam spent years working in Garden City Schools and then retired to Gaylord, Michigan, in 2009.
Pam was well known for being an excellent cook, gardener, and jewelry fanatic. Very few people could visit without some sort of delicious meal or snack being placed in front of them. Her garden was always in pristine condition, her beloved orchids always in perfect health, and her hands always glittered with beautiful rings. Pam’s world revolved around her family. She loved spending time with them, talking on the phone with them, beating them in cards, and of course feeding them all of their favorite things. While she was a Michigan girl through and through, she looked forward to the annual trip to Florida. She loved the warmth, the beach, and most of all the people.
She is survived by her mother, Rita; her husband, Jerry; her siblings, Cathy (Ken) Kajkowski and Mark (Patty) Belanger; her two children, Eric (Valerie) Hirzel and Becky (Gunnar) Styles; and four grandchildren, Trevor, Hunter, Brecken, and Shaw.
Pam was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence.
Pam’s strength and smile will carry on strong with those that had the privilege to know her.
We invite you to an outdoor Celebration of Life for Pam on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Eric’s Home at 5757 Curdy Lane in Howell, Michigan. A short, informal service will take place at 4:00 p.m. Table and chairs will be set up for social distancing and masks will be available.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, at P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.