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August 24, 1969 – Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Service Information
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Friday, January 6, 2017
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Friday, January 6, 2017
9:30 – 11:00 A.M.

Tammy Ann DeChene-Williams, age 47 of Albertville, MN.

Our beloved daughter, mother, sister and aunt took her journey to heaven on December 28, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Tammy was born in Monticello, MN on August 24, 1969.

Although this was a difficult battle, Tammy gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. She loved spending time with her 2 girls, cruising in the boat at the cabin and vacationing with family in Florida. She was a beautiful person both inside and out, a lover of the Lord and true evangelist. Rest in peace sweet baby girl, “bless you, love you.”

Tammy is survived by her children, Isabelle and Abigail; parents, Jim and Nancy DeChene; brother, Christopher (Alexzia) DeChene; sister, Angela (Josh) Stern, nieces, Jocelyn (Tammy’s Godchild), Ashley (Tammy’s Godchild), Julia, Maddie; nephews, Jesse and James; and her many friends who knew and loved her.

Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Arnie and Bea Phenow; uncle, Terry Phenow; paternal grandparents, Leonard and Sylvia DeChene; and uncles, Timothy DeChene, Patrick DeChene, and Joe Moran.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.”
Proverbs 31:25

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 6 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael with Father Peter Richards as Celebrant.

Urn bearers are Tammy’s parents, Jim and Nancy DeChene.

Honorary urn bearers are Tammy’s daughters: Isabelle and Abigail Williams and Tammy’s nieces and nephews: Jocelyn DeChene, Ashley Stern, Julia DeChene, Maddie Stern, Jesse DeChene and James DeChene.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Tammy’s family.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael. 763-497-5362. www.thepetersonchapel.com.

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Curt Soderberg

    My condolences to the DeChene-William family.

    It was a joy to work with her at Velocity, always a huge smile and a great sense of humor!

    Curt

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  2. Elizabeth Strehlow

    I am sorry for your loss and my prayers are with your family. I will always remember going to play with Isabelle and always being welcomed by Tammy and her delicious baked goodies. May the Lord’s peace be with you.

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  3. JEANINE M MANLEY

    Dear Jim and Nancy and all of Tammy’s family members who are mourning her loss;

    Your Rose DeChene cousins are keeping you close in our thoughts through this sad time and wishing you peace and comfort in your memories of her. As time goes on, may you and especially Isabel and Abigail discover all the many ways in which Tammy is still with you, for Love is Stronger Than Death.

    Truly,
    Jeanine daughter of Rose and sister of Kay, Haywood, Carolyn, Noel and Chris

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  4. Missy Williams

    My heart aches for the family. Tammy was a wonderful friend and had such strength. God bless her children and family. Remember she will be your angel and give you all strength.

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  6. Debbie Kemp

    We will miss your energy and passion for life. You were an amazing mother and friend.

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  7. Leticia DeChene Fulda

    Ohhhh baby girl…may you pave the way through the golden arches for the rest of us who love you so much!! Remember how we used to pick berries and apples below the Farm. Below the Farm…that was one incredible playground. Remember we were not allowed to visit The Island by ourselves. Remember how your friends Holly and Tisha were so sweet to me. Remember that time we were riding our bikes home from The Farm…going too fast and the bike too wobbly…when I got hurt you took care of me in all my bloodiness. Remember the Sit n Spin you so encouraged me to do…until I puked. Remember all the times we played Kick the Can, Red Rover, Baseball, right in your front yard with all our cousins…the fun we had. Remember the Octagon house where it was so much fun to play hide n seek…that was the first time I can visualize seeing Grampa’s crib. Remember all those Easter Egg Hunts and Family Baseball Games and Poker Parties at Grampa’s? My childhood with you included some of the BEST times of my life! We have always talked about doing better, since 1986, we can all do better to share our lives, to be close again, to communicate more, to have more fun! God only knows why you were chosen. Walk with Jesus. I will forever love you!

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  8. Karen Woolhouse

    Dear Jim and Nancy; I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. No greater tragedy than our children to proceed us in death. I pray the Lord will hold your hand and walk in your steps, keeping his arms around you. I think of you often and praying for your family. Karen Woolhouse

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  9. Tina Forsberg

    May the wings of angels carry peacefully into Heaven and arms of God. Rest in Peace Tammy

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  10. Cora Player

    Heartfelt condolences to Tammy’s family. She was a cheerful and happy person who truly appreciated every moment of life right down to a beautiful sunrise or sunset. I’ve never seen a mother cherish and love her girls as much as Tammy. I’m lucky to have known such a joyful and kind soul. I hope you find some peace in knowing what a truly special person she was to so many people.

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  11. Rick and Sharrie Paulson

    Dear Jim and Nancy,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  12. Connie Parker

    Dear Nancy, Jim, Isabelle, Abigail and family; I am so sorry for your loss. Tammy was a beautiful person. She had a heart of gold! She was sweet, kind and had an amazing laugh. I will always remember her great love for her beautiful girls, Isabelle and Abigail. She always had a smile on her face when she talked about them and boy was she a proud Mother!
    She had an amazing faith and I can only think that she is now walking with the angels.
    Goodbye my friend!
    Much love and many blessings to you all!
    Connie Parker and the Step By Step Montessori School of Corcoran teachers and families

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  13. Connie Parker

    Dear Isabelle, Abigail, Nancy, Jim and family;
    I am so sorry to hear of Tammy’s passing. She was such a wonderful person with a huge heart!
    Tammy always had a smile on her face and she had an infectious laugh. She was an amazing Mother to Isabelle and Abigail and a very sweet and kind hearted friend. Tammy had great faith and I can only think that she is now walking hand in hand with the Angels to be with Jesus.
    Please know that we are all here for you. I pray for all of you in the days, weeks and months ahead.
    Much love and many blessings,
    Connie Parker and the Step By Step Montessori School of Corcoran teachers and families

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  14. Sandi Rosenfeld

    Deeply saddened and sending my warmest condolences to her family. Tammy was always a ray of sunshine, so positive and joyous. We hit if off immediately when she joined Velocity, and it just was always so great to talk with her. May she be surrounded by G-d’s love and her blessing be a memory.

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