Date of Birth December 25, 1959
Date Deceased December 13, 2022
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date December 17, 2022
Service Time 10:30 a.m.
Service Location United Presbyterian Church, Hornell

Pamela Wilkins Schu

HORNELL-Pamela Wilkins Schu, 62, was surrounded by her loving family, when she passed away after a long illness at her home on Beltz Road, Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 13, 2022).

Born in North Hornell on Christmas Day, 1959, she was the daughter of the late James and Muriel (Hendee) Wilkins.

A lifelong resident of Hornell, Pam was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1978 and received her registered nurse (RN) certification from Alfred University and a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport.

She was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, Planned Parenthood, Alfred University and the Bath V.A. Medical Center.

Pam loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time hiking, skiing, kayaking, and camping. She was a passionate knitter and enjoyed watercolor painting, especially landscapes. Pam will be remembered most of all for being a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and friend.

She is lovingly survived by her husband of 33 years, Brian C. Schu, who she married in Hornell on Sept. 29, 1989; two children, Ian Schu of Hornell and Sadie Schu of New York City; two brothers, Jeffrey (Carmen) Wilkins and Patrick Wilkins all of Hornell; one aunt, Marjorie (Dick) Boone of Geneseo, NY; two uncles, Ronald Wilkins of Rochester, NY and Larry (Carol) Wilkins of Canisteo, NY; her stepmother Cindy Stackpole; several nieces and nephews, Maxwell and Aubrey Wilkins, Lilianna and Sophie Wilkins, Christine (Steven) Page, Douglas Munn, Jake and James (Allison) Smith, William and Rebekah Schu; as well as many friends.

The family would like to thank Pam’s dear friends Monica Ogorzalek and Adele Kilbury for their compassionate support during her illness.

There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will take place in her memory at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 17, 2022) in the sanctuary of the United Presbyterian Church, 150 Main St., Hornell, with the Rev. David Kilgore officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, 6111 Visitor Center Road, Mt. Morris, NY 14510 (envelopes will be available at the church) (click on donate).

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Pam’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Pam are welcome below in the comment section or  on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.



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41 Responses

  1. Although it has been several years since I have I have seen Pam, I have never met another person in my life that could light a room up with her beautiful smile and charm!
    A nurse was the perfect profession for Pam because of her caring and loving spirit that she showed to her fellow man.
    God bless the Wilkins and Schu family during this most difficult time.

  2. Condolences to Brian and the entire family. It has been years since I have seen Pam, but our fathers were good friends and she was always very friendly and just generally a very nice person. She will be missed. Rest in peace.

  3. I haven’t seen Pam in years but we worked at a Hickory Farms in Dansville years ago. I never laughed so hard and lived working with someone more than Pam. She was such a sweet soul. Sending my deepest sympathies to Brian & family🙏❤️

  4. So sorry Brian and family,
    I knew Pam from the time she was young on Glen Ave., and I especially enjoyed our friendly “competition” to see who would be first on the trail in January!
    You are in our thoughts.
    Terry and Kim Meacham

  5. Pam was a beautiful soul inside and out, and made all she met feel special! Such a great loss!! Her beautiful smile, zest for life, kindness, and love for her family and friends will always be remembered. May your beautiful family find the strength during this difficult time! Love, thoughts, and prayers to you all!

  6. Pam was an incredible woman. I will miss her dearly. I remember when I got into a little bit of trouble in Alfred and she right away offered her husbands services. I was honored to know her. I can feel her warm hugs and see her beautiful smile. My heart goes out to her family. Thank you for your service and giving a little bit of you to everyone who met you. Rest In Peace, Pam.

  7. So sorry for your loss Brian. Though I never met her, she certainly would have been I would’ve appreciated knowing.
    Prayers to you andyour entire family at this difficult time.

  8. Brian,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. The community will miss her…she was a great person.
    Bob Blauers

  9. Pam was a bright light. I was fortunate to hire Pam to be Alfred University’s Health and Wellness Educator. With her open and approachable demeanor, Pam was able to help countless students to live their lives healthier, holistically and more intentionally. We were lucky to have her on our team.

  10. Although it’s been quite a while since I have seen or talked to Pam I will never forget her beautiful smile and her shining personality! Heaven has gained another beautiful Angel. Our condolences to Brian, her children and her entire family. Rest easy Pam

    Gary and Cheryl Kelleher

  11. There are no words to express the sorrow hearing of Pam’s passing. Brian we are so very sorry for your loss. What a sweet human being she was and her smile was contagious. Our deepest sympathy to you, your children and the Wilkins family. May she rest in piece. Patty & Gerry

  12. My sincere condolences Brian, Jeff, Patrick. I haven’t seen Pam in many years but she has always been a part of my life.
    I sincerely hope she is at peace. She always was a very passionate and empathic person that cared. I always loved her for that.

  13. Pam was a very special friend to me over the years and miles, we drifted in and out of each other’s lives but our friendship was solid and treasured. Bryan, Sadie, Ian, Jeff and Patrick, I wish you all peace. Pam was a beautiful person in every possible way. I feel lucky to have known her.

  14. Brian, sincere condolences. I don’t have to tell you that Pam was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend. So talented too. So enjoyed our painting classes together. How she will be missed by all who loved her. Thinking of you and your family at this time!

  15. If there ever was an embodiment of love and light, it was definitely Pam. Her support of our meager little Vegetarian Restaurant was unfailing. Her love for people , most dearly her family was and is a beacon for how we all should live. But most of all , her love of nature, and being part of its majesty is what I will remember. To know she is there in every leaf and ripple on a lake.Love to you Brian, Sadie, and Ian. Sending comfort and peace.

  16. What a lovely person. And funny! One of my first pals when Susan and I moved to Hornell. Our deepest condolences to her family.

  17. So sad we have lost such a beautiful person way too soon. Sending condolences, prayers and love to the Schu and Wilkins family.

  18. Pam had one of the most unique personalities that one could find in a single person. She was always bubbly and so upbeat. God has truly gained an Angel, and my sincere thoughts and Prayers are with Brian, Jeff, Patrick and families. RIP Dear Pam, you were a joy to know and love. Tommy

  19. My prayers are with you, Brian, and your family. I have walked this path and know it is the most difficult journey. May God grant you all strength and peace.

  20. Thinking of all of Pam’s family and friends, especially my old friends Jeff and Patrick. Even though we haven’t seen each other much over the years, this affected me deeply. Many fond memories of spending time with the Wilkens! Great people! Sad times!! RIP Pam.

  21. Pam was such a warm and wonderful soul and will be sorely missed by so many of her family and friends. My fondest memory of Pam was when we were both on the Homecoming Queen court and decided to shop for our gowns together at the Cameo Shop. Even though neither of us took home the crown, we met later that evening after the game, and she said to me, “Sarah, getting to know you better was the best part of this whole experience, and being on the court was secondary!” That really touched my heart. May God be with the Schu and Wilkins families at this heartbreaking time.

  22. I haven’t seen Pam since I left work at the Bath VA. She was my best friend there…2 peas in a pod I’d say! The laughter, smiles and sometimes tears we shared will forever be remembered dearly. Pam was one of a kind…generous, loving, incredibly smart and strong! My condolences to Brian, Sadie and Ian. May peace be with you during this difficult time and always. -Greta

  23. Brian, My sincere condolences to you and your family. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

  24. I got to know Pam when her and I worked for the VA. So nice and always upbeat about everything. She had a beautiful smile that I will always remember. My condolences to Brian and family.

  25. Brian, I was sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. Prayers and blessings.

  26. It was my good fortune to work with Pam for four years at Alfred University and she made every day a joy. My favorite memory is of her talking the Dalai Lama’s security team into letting her bring her knitting needles into the auditorium so she could keep knitting her purple sweater while His Holiness spoke. She was (and will always be) one of a kind. I love you, Pammie.

  27. I will always cherish my memories of Pam; she was so much fun to be around.
    She was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed. I feel truly blessed to have
    had her for a cousin.

  28. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Pam!! We had a lot of fun in the neighborhood, we were cousins, but also friends. I haven’t seen her since one evening at Coslos a long time ago!
    Peace be with you Pam, many people here will miss you, but you will be an asset in heaven, put your nursing skills to work!!

  29. Brian and all,

    I am so sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. I remember meeting her years ago and was immediately taken with her upbeat and friendly attitude.

    Bill Mammosser

  30. Dear, dear Pam! What a blessing it was to have you in our home just 2 years ago. You asked for a photo of The Castle so you could paint it. What a precious gift to our family. We met at the Almond Dam last summer and you gave me the framed original and copies to share with the rest of our family.
    How true it is, that you lit up a room when you entered, and oh your infectious laughter.
    I wish I had known these past months how ill you were. Love you Pam!

  31. Dear Brian, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I knew Pam when we were in school. She had beautiful eyes and an addicting smile. She was always polite and personable. May you find courage and peace in your travels without your best friend beside you. She is in your heart and spirit now and always. Be strong better days will come with fond memories.

  32. Although I have not seen Pam in recent years, I remember her as a remarkable nursing student at Alfred University. Our paths crossed over the years through Planned Parenthood and the Bethesda Foundation. Pam always expected and achieved perfection in everything she did. My heart goes out to her family who will miss her, and I send condolences to all her dear ones.

  33. More than just bright, Pam’s light was an uplifting rainbow on an otherwise dreary day. She touched our hearts at VAMC. God’s speed Hippy Dippy. 💔

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