Pamela Black

NORTHFIELD, Minnesota — Pamela Kay Black, 70 of Northfield, Minnesota, passed away in the loving presence of her family on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at Three Links Care Center.

Pam was born on January 24, 1948, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Bernard and Dorothy (Mathias) Schurhamer.

She grew up in Faribault and graduated from Faribault High School. Pam continued her education at Mankato State University for a few years and later received an associate degree from Faribault Vocational School.

In 1969, Pam married Jim Black and the couple made their home in Northfield. This is where they welcomed and raised three children, Kari, Melissa and Mike.

Pam was a secretary at Sheldahl company for many years. She also worked as a legal secretary when the family moved to Oregon in 2001. In 2016, Pam and Jim returned to Northfield.

Pam was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed shopping, collecting antiques, and reading. Pam’s greatest source of joy came from her family. She was a caring wife, loving mother and an attentive and adoring grandmother.

Pam is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jim; children, Kari (James Bond) Black, Melissa (Derek) Haars, and Mike, all of Northfield; three grandchildren, Alex Swenson, Samuel and Caitlin Haars; sister Pat (Terry) Cross of Faribault; brother Craig (Ileana) Schurhamer of Tucson, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at Dennison Lutheran Church, Dennison, Minnesota, with the Rev. Paul Graham officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Private interment will be in Prairie Creek Cemetery, Northfield, Minnesota.

Memorials are preferred to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research and American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home. Visit


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