Pamela Silver Rubenstein died on Thursday, December 1st, after a brief illness. She was born in Lansing, Michigan to Neil and Leah Silver. As a young child, the family moved to South Bend, where Pam grew up surrounded by her extended family. She graduated from Riley High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in linguistics. She subsequently earned a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a second master’s in teaching from Columbia University in New York.
Pam was devoted to her family, and made South Bend her home after living in Charleston, South Carolina, for several years. She was particularly dedicated to her son, Alec. She is survived by Alec and his wife, Melissa; and grandchildren, Lillian, Madison, Brooklynn and Savannah; her sister, Carole Silver (John O’Hare) and nieces, Rachele O’Hare (Steve MacDonald) and Suzi O’Hare (Adam Dube) and great-nieces, Madeline and Zoe.
Pam was CEO and owner of Allied Specialty Precision; she previously taught in public schools in Indiana and at the Citadel in South Carolina. She held leadership positions in Temple Beth-El (president 2018-2020) and the National Tooling and Machining Association. She also was active in a wide variety of organizations, including the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, the Women in Manufacturing Association and the Michiana Gem and Mineral Society. She made friends wherever she went and maintained many of those bonds throughout her life.
Pam was a loving dog owner and an avid theater, musicals, comedy and film enthusiast; she immersed herself in baking and craft projects and Notre Dame basketball. She was a passionate art collector, and particularly enjoyed perusing new and familiar artists at art fairs. She was an avid and adventurous traveler. She had as much fun planning as taking trips that included visiting Mexico, Israel, Russia, China, Viet Nam, South Korea, Singapore and Ireland, and most of the states within the US with her son searching for geodes and other treasures.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday (December 6) at 11:00 am at Temple Beth-El, Rabbi Karen Companez officiating. Burial will follow at Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka. The funeral will be also live-streamed through Zoom.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Pam’s memory can be made to the Neil and Leah Silver Advanced Degree Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46615, or to another charity of your choice.
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Topic: Funeral for Pam Rubenstein
Time: Dec 6, 2022 11:00 AM America/Detroit
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