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“Pamela has been my dearest friend since 1975. I have always admired the good she has done for so many others, her spiritual direction and religious...Read More »
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“Pamela was a wonderful and kind person. She helped me find a place to volunteer and I am still volunteering and thinking of Pamela. Even though I...Read More »
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“Pamela was my tutor who taught me English and French and literature. I am one of the refugees in the Burmese refugee community and Pamela has...Read More »
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“I met Pamela in 2010 when I was shadowing at a high school and she picked me up from that school. She took me out to lunch that day and I even...Read More »
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“Though our friendship was terribly too short, Pamela had an immense effect on my life. We shared many treasured conversations and thoughts and I...Read More »
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“I am very thankful that I could call Pamela a friend. She was a very giving person, always grateful when given to and appreciative of everything in...Read More »
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Pamela Richardson Ippoliti of Evanston, beloved wife of the late John Angelo Ippoliti, passed away peacefully at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on August 12, 2013 after a short illness. Born in Chicago on February 14, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Karl S. and the late Jean L. Richardson. Pamela graduated from St. Mary's School for Girls in Wisconsin, received her B.A. degree from Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a Master's in French from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

In 1972, following their wedding, Pamela and John spent five years in France while John finished writing his doctorate and Pamela taught English to French students. Returning to the United States and settling in Evanston, Pamela was employed by the March of Dimes in Chicago and then by the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

She retired in 2009 and has spent her retirement volunteering at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, where she served as Junior Warden and then became Senior Warden; the Moveable Feast soup kitchen of St. Luke's; Hilda's Place, an Evanston homeless shelter; and the Burmese Refugee Outreach Program, sponsored by St.Paul's Episcopal Church by the Lake in Chicago, tutoring foreign students in English and English Literature.

In addition to her husband and parents, Pamela was preceded in death by her brother, Jason M. Richardson of New York. She is survived by her extended family with whom she was very close. Her step-mother, Mary L. Richardson, stepsister, Nancy R. (Timothy) Hellyer, stepbrother, Michael O'Donnell, sisters-in-law Jill Ippoliti, and Jane I. Arthur; nephews, Kristofer (Michelle) Arthur and Robert O'Donnell; nieces, Jennifer Hellyer, Allyson Hellyer, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Emily (Matthew) Mullen, and Joanna Blanck; grandnephew John Arthur and two grandnieces, Ava Arthur and Maisy Pippin. She is also survived by her cousins, Melanie R. (Michael) Dundy of Oregon, William F. (Karen) Richardson of Barrington Hills, Illinois, and David Kelliher of Oregon. In addition to her extended family, Pamela was blessed with many remarkable friends with whom she enjoyed hours-to-years of friendship and comradery.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Avenue in Evanston. Reception at the Evanston Hilton Garden Inn will follow. Pamela was cremated and will be interred in the Richardson Family Plot at the Ottawa Avenue Cemetery, Ottawa, Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to the "Ippoliti Fund for Spiritual Growth" created by St. Luke's Church to carry on projects Pamela was involved in; or to the Burmese Refugee Outreach Program, c/o St. Paul's Episcopal Church by-the-Lake, 7100 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60626.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or