Riverside, CA — Pamela A. Koester, 62, of Riverside, Calif., formerly of Andover, Mass., died peacefully on June 16, 2013.
Pamela was born on October 16, 1950, in Detroit, Mich., to Helen and Herman Koester and she had one sister. She was raised in Andover and after graduating from college, made several moves across the East Coast before settling in California where she has lived for the past 24 years.
Pamela graduated from Andover High School in 1968. She received a bachelor of science degree with high honors in nuclear engineering in 1972 from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Mass., and a master of engineering degree in 1973 from Clemson University in South Carolina. She had over 32 years of experience in all areas of sanitary engineering. For the past 10 years, she was employed by the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, Calif., where she worked as a project manager, overseeing and managing multimillion dollar projects. In 2012, she received many prestigious awards for her exceptional work there.
During her lifetime, she was a member of the West Parish Congregational Church in Andover and was actively involved in the Eastern Star organization. Pamela was also a member of the Theta Chi Epsilon organization and was past president and vice president of the local and state chapters, respectively, of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Pamela was an avid bridge player throughout her lifetime and she was passionate about hiking in the mountains, biking, and participating in triathlons. She also enjoyed traveling and took extensive trips throughout the United States and Western Europe. Pamela had many friends and was a kind warm-hearted person who had a love for nature and yearned to make a difference in the environment.
She will be greatly missed by her sister, Karen R. Ruais of Salem, N.H.; her brother-in-law, Richard P. Ruais in Salem; her two devoted nephews, Jay P. Ruais in Arlington, Va., and Richard J. Ruais of Hollywood, Calif. She will also be missed by her surviving cousins, and many wonderful friends and colleagues.