Pamela Bruins

Date of Death: Dec 17, 2018
Pamela Bruins

1957 - 2018

Pamela Bruins, 61, of Waupun, passed away Monday, December 17, 2018 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac following a short battle with ALS.

Pam was born May 23, 1957 in Waupun, the daughter of Germaine and Carol VantHoff Navis. Pam attended Christian Grade School in Waupun and graduated from Waupun High School in 1975. Pam furthered her education at Mercy Medical School of Nursing in Oshkosh where she became a registered nurse. On September 11, 1982 she married Jeffrey Bruins. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun most of their married lives. Pam began her nursing career at St. Mary’s in Madison and spent most of her career at Beaver Dam Community Hospital in the Emergency Room and later Orthopedics. Pam was a member of Edgewood Community Church in Waupun. She enjoyed going to concerts, following Wisconsin sports teams, and loved her family.

Pam is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Bruins of Waupun; a daughter, Elizabeth Nelson of Waupun, two sons: Alex (Grace) Bruins of Waupun and Thomas Bruins of Waupun; four grandchildren: Sutton, Lakynn, and Reeve Nelson and Case Bruins; Pam’s mother, Carol Navis of Waupun; two brothers: Steve (Deb) Navis of Waupun and Kevin (Martha) Navis of Bloomington, MN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Valerie (Jeff) Bergeman of Mason, WI and Janell (Ron) Nielsen of Elkhart Lake; and nieces and nephews.

Pamela was preceded in death by her father, Germaine Navis; a nephew, Eric Navis; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lowell and Marge Bruins.


Friends and relatives may call on the family at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Pam Bruins will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Edgewood Community Church in Waupun with Pastor Mike Giebink officiating.


Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in the town of Trenton.

Special Thanks

A special thank you to Hospice Home of Hope, UW Hospital Neuromuscular Team, and Jeff and Pam’s children for the help they gave their mother.

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  1. Archie & Marianne Nugteren Says: December 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Dear Jeff and Bruins Family: We extend to you our heartfelt condolences with the passing of your dear Pam. What a difficult journey this has been for all of you. We pray that the Lord will very tenderly comfort each of you and bless you with His nearness as you mourn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Rashel Bacon Says: December 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    My deepest sympathy

    Rashel Bacon

  3. Dawn Csiacsek Says: December 20, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I’m so sorry to see this, I worked with Pam in the BDER. She was always laughing and just a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  4. Steve & Jann London Says: December 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Prayers of peace and comfort to all. May you feel God”s presence now and in the time ahead. Pam fought an amazing battle.

  5. Beth Matuszeski Says: December 20, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I send you all my sympathies! Pam was a sweet soul. I worked with her at the Beaver Dam Orthopedic Clinic for 5 plus years. She was so kind, caring and compassionate to everyone. She will be missed! We will keep all of you in our prayers!

  6. Marilyn Zeatlow Says: December 22, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Jeff, Val, and Janell we are so sorry for your loss (and families). It has to be hard when Pam was so young and so soon after your Father passed away. You have been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.

    Mark and Marilyn

  7. April Thompson Says: December 24, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Jeff and family, you have my deepest sympathies! I worked with Pam at Beaver Dam Orthopedic for several years and got to see the amazing person she was every day. A model in kindness and compassion and sometimes a little sass with her smirk. She will be truly missed.

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