Pamela Joan Jackowski was born July 8th, 1949 in Geneva, Illinois to Charles and Mary Zimmerman. Due to her father being in the United States Air Force, her family moved frequently. During her childhood, she lived in Wiesbaden, Germany, North Carolina, and Fontana, California before her family settled in Carpentersville, Illinois. It was while she was in high school that she discovered her love of music and especially singing. Pam had a beautiful first soprano voice that was her pride and joy.
In the early summer of 1969, Pam went on a blind date with a young NCO, Dennis Jackowski. On November 15th, 1969, Dennis and Pam were married in Carpentersville, Illinois. Six months into their marriage, Dennis’ Air Force career took them to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. From that day on, Dennis and Pam considered Montana home. In 1973, they welcomed their only child, a daughter, Diann. Pam loved being a stay at home wife and mother.
In 1982, Dennis and Pam purchased an 80 acre farm outside of Power, Montana and together they designed and built a house. After Dennis retired from the Air Force, he took a job as a rural letter carrier with the United States Postal Service, where he was elected to the position of union shop steward and state district representative to the state board of the Rural Letter Carriers Union, until he retired from the post office in 2010. This position not only allowed them to travel the state, but also Pam was able to assist Dennis in putting together the state convention for the Rural Letter Carriers Union. Pam also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Pam was a fabulous cook, who enjoyed trying new recipes. She also loved music and passed on her love of music and her singing voice to her daughter Diann. She especially loved anything by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Josh Groban, and the soundtrack to the movie “Somewhere In Time”. Pam loved spending all holidays with her husband, daughter, and their fur babies. Her favorite Christmas holiday tradition was driving around in the neighborhoods of Great Falls, looking at Christmas lights.
Pam succumbed to COVID-19 complications at Benefis Healthcare; Saturday, November 13th, 2021, two days shy of what would have been hers and Dennis’ 52nd wedding anniversary. We would like to thank the caring doctors and nurses at Benefis Healthcare that cared for Pam in her final days.
Pam is survived by her husband Dennis Jackowski, Power, Montana; daughter, Diann Jackowski (Tom Broaddus) Great Falls, Montana; her fur babies Sadie and Tabby; Grandkitties Jazmine and Cleo. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Mary Zimmerman
Per Pam’s wishes, no services are planned. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Gorder Funeral Home in Choteau, Montana and have taken place. In lieu of sending flowers in Pam’s memory, please make a donation to the Pet Pawsee, Great Falls, MT, as this is the organization from which she adopted her beloved Tabby cat (aka Wabbikins).
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