By Erik S. Hanley

MEQUON – The “keys to the city” along with other gifts were presented to the family of Alderwoman Pam Adams who died last February.

Mayor Dan Abendroth said Adams had a lot of wisdom, conscientiousness, and style during the presentation at the April 18 common council meeting.

“She had a lot of style,” he said, smiling.

Speaking to Adams’ family, Abendroth said they made the “greatest contribution of all” in supporting Adams work in Mequon. He said her family and friends instilled a sense of duty in Adams for making her community better.


Speaking to her two sons Greg and Garrett, Abendroth said while it was a privilege of having her as a mother it also included a sacrifice with her dedication to public service for 23 years.

“Your mother’s contributions could not have happened without your love and support,” Abendroth said.

Michael Spooner, Adams’ “life partner,” was in attendance at the meeting along with a number of other family members. Abendroth called him Adams’ “rock” and “greatest supporter.”

The family was given a number of gifts including the keys to the city as well as a street sign that said “Adams Way.”

Spooner said it is a “great honor” to receive all these things from the city and thanked Mequon on behalf of the family.

“Pam really loved Mequon and she really loved being an alderman,” he said, adding she would be very proud.

After all the gifts were presented everyone in the council chambers stood and clapped.