Pamela Lynn Fonseca

December 12, 1954 ‒ May 18, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Pam Fonseca had a healthy heart. There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. She treated people with kindness and generosity – all without pretense – and will be remembered for her unselfish contributions to the community and investments in personal character.

Pam and her beloved husband George passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. She was 60.

Born December  12, 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was graduated from Brentwood High School in 1972 and earned an associate degree in computer information from Computer Tech in 1974. She was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation and moved to Worchester, MA. She later transferred to Digital’s Pittsburgh office.

While serving with the Civil Air Patrol in 1978, she met a man who shared her passion for aviation: George W. Fonseca. “Aviation was in her blood” and she and George have been flying together ever since. They were members of Commemorative Air Force, Experimental Aircraft Association, The Ninety-Nines (International Association of Women Pilots) and Mid-Eastern Regional Fly-In, and they assisted with the Mansfield Airport Days.

An avid reader, Pam loved science fiction, historical novels and political commentaries. She kept horses for years, loved the outdoors and was a member of the Garden Club of Ohio and Spruce Creek Garden Club.

Pam worked with George and helped in the operations of the Snelling employment franchise in Mansfield. In 2006 they opened Staffing Partners, an employment services firm with three locations in North Central Ohio, with Pam serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the company and actively managing its day-to-day operations. She and George were members of American Staffing Association.

She was an active member and former director of Altrusa International of Mansfield.

She is survived by her father Arthur L. Ihrig of Pittsburgh, PA; siblings Arthur R. Ihrig of Wichita, KS, Marsha & Steven Grabowski of Zelienople, PA, Matthew & Annmarie Ihrig of Florissant, MO, Bruce & Lori Ihrig of North Huntingdon, PA and Patricia Matthews of Weeds, CA; nieces and nephews Melissa Davis, Heather Ihrig, Stephanie Ihrig, Brian Grabowski, Julia Fitz, Patricia Ihrig, Dylan Davis, Kayla Ihrig, Victoria Davis and Maddison Hackl; step children Michael & Martha Fonseca of Mechanicsville, VA and Susan & Michael Kelly of Woodstock, MD; grandsons Jason and Eric Kelly and Ryan Mitchell; and a host of fellow Altrusa Angels.

She was preceded in death by her mother Patricia J. Matthews Ihrig in 1991.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life for Pam and George on Saturday, July 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Greentree Volunteer Fire Dept., 825 Poplar Avenue. In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to Saltville, Virginia Rescue Squad; Civil Air Patrol Virginia Wing; or Altrusa International of Mansfield.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fonseca and Ihrig families. To send them a message of sympathy and support, or watch a tribute video to George and Pam, visit: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • My sympathies! Pam was a friend, fellow altrusian, colleague and we shared a passion for the staffing industry and worked together and supported eachother. I will miss her.

  • Pam & George,
    You are loved and missed.
    To your family, we express our heartfelt condolences.
    Godspeed!

  • My sympathy and heart felt condolences goes out to all the members of the family!

  • The SWEETEST lady I have ever met is putting it mildly. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and all who knew you. You will be greatly missed.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. The Ihrig family has been a big part of our lives and we share their sorrow. We love you Artie and Missy.
    With love and sympathy,
    Wayne and Linda Cooper

  • My sympathy to the entire Ihrig family, especially to my old friend Matt. Very sorry for your loss.

  • We can’t go very long in a day without stopping to realize this has happened…. just can’t believe it.

    All aviation events were that much better when Pam and George were there, and they were always there.

    Thanks for your kindness to everyone, and all your hard work with whatever event you pitched in to help.

    Happy Landings Pam,

    Our most heart felt sympathy to Pam’s family

  • so sad to hear about the passing of Pam and her husband. I graduated with Pam from Brentwood High School. God Bless them both.

  • I loved her and miss her more than I can put into words. She was so much more than a cousin but truly my best friend. She just knew when I needed to laugh, and listened when I needed to cry. She was always there for both Matt and I. We will truly miss you Pam and truly deeply love you. You were the best and can never be replaced. Love you and George.

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of Pam and her husband George. I, too, remember Pam from Brentwood High School, and remember her well and fondly. My most sincere and deepest condolences and sympathy to the Ihrig family. There is great comfort in knowing that her tremendous contributions and legacy of kindness and community service will indeed live on.

  • Our sincere sympathies go out to the families of George and Pam. I thought the world of both of them. They were the best people and always so concerned about everyone else. I met them when they first came to Mansfield area, I showed them houses (always with land for their horses). I found them a temporary apartment until they could get established here. I was lucky enough to find them the home they currently live in, we talked several times a year since then, We became good friends. I will miss them terribly. They were a fun and very adventurous couple, they loved it here and loved it in Florida. So sad but yet wonderful that they were together doing the thing they loved the most. We will miss them.

  • Dear Bruce and Lori and your entire family, I am very very sorry for the tragedy that took Pam and George. I’m sure it is somewhat comforting reading the many wonderful accolades about them; may you always remember your loving memories. I am praying every day for God to comfort each of you. Love, Tricia

  • How very fragile life is! My sincere condolences to the family of Pam and George.
    What a HUGE LOSS to the community and friends.
    Rest in Peace Pam and George.

  • We still cannot believe that we will no longer see Pam & George at Barnes & Noble. We loved seeing them and talking to them, Pam reading books and George looking at airplane magazines, and many times it was so sweet to see them holding hands while reading. They did so much for our community, especially at the Airport Days. They made a dream come true taking Dave for a ride in their T6 at the Airport Days on July 4th. We will never forget that! It will not be the same without them. They were very generous people. Always giving!
    We are praying for God to comfort each of you. We cannot imagine how hard this is for all of you. May you find comfort in knowing how much they were loved and appreciated by the people in Mansfield.
    With much sympathy,
    Dave & Dianne McIntire

  • We are so shocked about this. Pam was in our garden club – Friends and Flowers. She always had a smile and was willing to help out despite her busy schedule and many travels. She will be missed by all of us in the club. Our sincerest condolences to all of the family.

  • I am so sad to hear of the passing of Pam and her husband. Even though I only knew Pam for a short time, I knew her to be a very sweet and caring lady. My sincere condolences to both families and the staff at Staffing Partners. They will be greatly missed.