Pamela Staal – UPDATED


Funeral Services for 70-year old Pamela Staal, formerly of Chadron, NE, will be Monday, July 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron.

A live stream of the service will be available at: St. Patrick Catholic Church | Catholic Parish in Chadron, Nebraska (

Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.

Viewing will be Sunday, July 25, from 5-7 PM, also at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, followed by a Rosary and Vigil at 7:00.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the youth programs at St Patrick’s Catholic Parish. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

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Pamela Jeanne (Grantham) Staal was born August 1, 1950, to Donald and Colleen Grantham in Chadron. She died on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Chadron Community Hospital of congestive heart failure.

Pam attended Assumption Academy from kindergarten through high school, graduating in 1968. She then went on to graduate from Bishop Clarkson School of Nursing in Omaha in 1971.

On June 12, 1971, she married Dennis Ray Staal, also from Chadron. They adopted their son David in 1978 and adopted their daughter Suzann in 1981.

Pam worked in Omaha as an RN at Children’s Hospital and at an Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic. Before she and Dennis moved back to Chadron in 1976 where she worked as an RN at Chadron Community Hospital. Pam also worked as an RN in Rapid City, SD and Midland, TX. In 1989, the family moved to Littleton, CO, where she worked as a pharmacy technician, eventually retiring in 2001.

After retirement, Pam and Dennis lived in Orange, CA, Chadron, and Sun City, AZ. Pam was active in the Catholic Church in each of the communities she lived, including participating in bible study groups and Birthright. She was also a member of The American Legion Auxiliary.

Pam contracted Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1972 and received significant radiation therapy. The radiation treatment affected her physical health, but not her mental health. Even though she was limited in her arm use in her later life, she did not let this prevent her from enjoying life to its fullest.

Her involvement and support for her children was endless and always included shuttling them to baseball and gymnastics.

Pam also loved to travel and was able to visit all 50 states and several other countries. She always said she should have been a weather chaser as a good storm would draw her to the window or outside. Her family will also always think of her with each beautiful sunset and as the “boss” of the family.

Pam is survived by her husband, Dennis; two children, David (Sarah) Staal of Foxfield, CO, and Suzann Ruedeman, along with her children Kobie (9) and Breckyn (7) of Aurora, CO; brothers Donny Grantham and John (Jody) Grantham; sisters Julie (Russ) Bohnenkamp and Sandy (Curt) Plooster; Mother-in-law, Betty Staal, all of Chadron; and numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren, and grand puppies.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Colleen Grantham and her father-in-law Raymond Staal, all of Chadron.

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements for Pamela Staal.