Pamela Rae Fisk-Mestas
On December 25th, 2022 Pamela left this world and joined her beloved dog, Watson, her precious nephew, Adam, her parents, and all the many loved ones who went before her. She passed peacefully on Christmas Day from a long battle with misdiagnosed late-stage Lyme disease.
Pamela was born May 22nd, 1963 to Elizabeth and Donel Fisk of Jackson, Wisconsin, and became the 6th child of 8 children. Growing up she loved animals, nature, adventure, music, and reading. She was a true “Gemini people person” and wherever she went, had conversations with friends and strangers.
She began working at Samaritan Home when she was 17 and continued working there while attending the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She was a favorite of the residents and her co-workers with a passionate devotion to those residents and a strong drive to protect their dignity and to let them know they were loved. The family traveled all over Wisconsin and south to Florida visiting historic sites and family along the way. Pamela especially loved camping at Governor Dodge State Park and Door County in WI. She also began studying astrology and numerology. She was highly intuitive and would do spontaneous readings for people she’d meet with a high degree of accuracy. Many times, Pamela would run into someone she’d met before and they’d remember her and what she told them. They would let her know that she had been correct and they never forgot her.
After graduating she met Ruben Mestas and moved to Georgia in 1996 to be with him and his young children, John and Annie. There, she began teaching at Dekalb County in Georgia. Later she moved to Florida and taught at the middle school in Barstow, Polk County Florida. After a few years, she rejoined Ruben in Georgia and worked at various jobs she loved, one of which was a nursery and the other a charming café, where she could talk with people all day. In 1997 they were married in Santa Fe by a lovely Unitarian minister whom Pamela greatly admired. Pamela had always wanted to move to the West and they decided to move to the vacant old Mestas Family home in Aguilar, CO where dry well issues and a curious rattlesnake, who waited for Pam every day, made life very exciting. Their lives in the West were years of adventure with Pamela teaching in schools from Trinidad, CO where she taught at the middle school and lived, on her own, in a lovely house with her heart’s companion, a dog named Watson to Cheyenne, WY. They spent several years in Denver with Pam teaching before buying a house in Aurora, CO. During this time Pamela was working with a clinic that treated late-stage Lyme disease as her symptoms grew worse and she finally retired from teaching. Unfortunately, she could not complete her treatments which were long, temporarily debilitating, and financially prohibitive. She adored her students and stayed involved with a few of them for years after she retired. She adored children and during her time in Colorado, she was fortunate to have her daughter, Annie, settle nearby with her husband Luke, and give birth to their 2 children, Logan and Caleigh. In the last year of Pamela’s life, she and Ruben bought a home in Colorado Springs just down the street from Annie and Luke. It brought her much joy to be able to spend time with them as well as having her son, John, and daughter-in-law, Lisa’s children spend summers with them and travel to the Grand Canyon, Moab, Mt Rushmore, and Bandelier National Park. She also visited with her nephew Joshua’s wife and his children quite a bit. She loved to sew and quilt and later compose and dictate short children’s stories on a speaking device after the nerves of her hands succumbed to the illness. Her cousin, Sherry Knudson, was also a real joy and comfort in her life in Colorado.
Pam is survived by her husband Ruben, son John (Lisa) Mestas, daughter Anne (Luke) Aldrich, grandchildren Alex (Brandy) Ketschek-Evans, Joseph, Violet, and David Mestas, Logan and Caleigh Aldrich. Siblings: Victoria (William) Schaus, Catherine (the late John) Fiske-Knuth, Sandra (the late Wayne) DeMerchant, Dwight (the late Caroline) Fisk, Teresa (Steven) Krautkramer, Keith (LeAnne), Constance (Charles) Guysick as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
A memorial will be held for Pamela on Saturday July 8th, 2023. It will take place at the Unitarian Church North, 13800 North Port Washington Road, in Mequon, Wisconsin from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.