Greensburg woman lent a hand to businesses and residents
If a downtown Greensburg business needed a little help, or a favor, they could always count on Pam Errett.
“Pam did everything,” said Kevin Miscik, owner at Lapels, A Fine Men’s Clothier in Greensburg. “Our downtown Greensburg shopping-district folks all knew her because she was so visible around town. … She really helped so many people without pay, myself included.”
Pamela Ann (Pastore) Errett of Greensburg died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. She was 62.
Mrs. Errett was born June 7, 1956, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Philip and Mary Josephine “Jo” (Colantino) Pastore.
“She was a loyal friend, and she had a very subtle humor that was just hysterical,” said Michelle Upton of Somerset, who has known Errett more than 25 years and works with her husband, Bob, at the Tribune-Review. “She would be telling a hilarious story, with a totally straight face while you would just be rolling on the floor.”
The couple was married March 15, 1986. Two days later, Bob started his job withthe Trib.
“He came in and everyone said, ‘I can’t believe you’re not on your honeymoon!’ ” Upton said. “But I guarantee you Pam wouldn’t have let him skip work.”
Mrs. Errett was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Westmoreland Symphony and SummerSounds.
Nearly two decades ago, when Miscik purchased his store, Mrs. Errett was one of his first customers.
“When I met her, she had been employed at the Lilly Shop,” Miscik said. “But there wasn’t anything in the store that she didn’t know. She knew the merchandise better than me!”
Miscik has hosted several cocktail-party-style events at Lapels over the years, and Mrs. Errett quickly became his go-to helper.
“Pam knew all of the customers who came in,” he said. “She just started helping customers, and she was a constant presence in the store. So when I needed help, or needed a day off, Pam was the first one I’d call.”
Mrs. Errett became the de facto face of the store, Miscik said.
“I was running the business, and she’d always ask what errands she could run for me,” he said.
Having befriended so many people over the years, Mrs. Errett also made sure everyone knew she was thinking about them.
“She loved to send cards to people,” Miscik said. “She’d come in and say, ‘Kevin, one of your customers died. You have a send a card.’ She took great pride in reaching out to others in that way.”
Friends of Mrs. Errett would occasionally find an envelope in their mailbox with a clipping from the Trib’s “Out & About” section with a little note: “You made ‘Out & About!’ ” Miscik said.
“If someone was down on their luck, she was there for them,” Miscik said. “She was always concerned with other people’s well-being, rather than her own.”
Mrs. Errett is survived by her husband of 32 years, Robert W. Errett; her brother, Philip F. Pastore; her sister, Suzanne P. Pastore Winklosky and her husband, Mark; and two brothers-in-law, Ray W. Errett and Richard W. Errett and his wife, Renee.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. A 10 a.m. funeral service will be held in First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Evangelical, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art or SummerSounds.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.