Gertrud H. Tammen, 86, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017, at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W Main Street, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., until the time of the services, at Anderson Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Gertrud was born on June 24, 1931, to Otto and Ida (Bochum) Schakat in Kaukehmen, East Prussia, Germany. She was raised in Tilsit, East Prussia, through age 13 until the end of World War II when her family fled from the invading Russian Army. They lived in refugee camps before settling in Leer, Germany, where her future husband lived. Gertud graduated high school in Leer and later completed nursing school there. In 1953, her fiance, Frank Tammen, immigrated to the U.S. In 1954, Gertrud immigrated and moved to Marshalltown. She and Frank were united in marriage on December 18, 1954, in Wellsburg, IA. She gained her United States citizenship in 1962. In her early years, Gertrud worked as a nurse at the Deaconess Hospital and Westwood Nursing Home in Marshalltown. She then worked for podiatrist Dr. Ray Samuel for many years before her retirement. Gertrud enjoyed knitting, reading, classical music, keeping up on the news and world events, and spending time at the family cabin in Minnesota.
Gertrud will be dearly missed by her three daughters: Dorie Tammen of Marshalltown, Ingrid (Jim) Haase of Morris, IL, and Linda (Bryan Fogg) Tammen, of Ames, IA; five grandchildren: Sam Brennecke of Marshalltown, Erin Faulkner and Kelly (Steve) Daniells of Chicago, IL, Josh (Amber) Courter of Melbourne, IA, and Kadie Osgood of Ames; two great-grandchildren, Gordy Daniells and Gavin Courter; a sister, Eva Krueger of Friedrichshafen, Germany; a brother-in-law, Wilfried Tammen of Germany; a niece Irene De Stefano of Germany, and a nephew, Roland Krueger of Germany. She is also survived by her dog, Heidi, and her cat, Mac. Gertrud was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her parents, Otto and Ida, and a nephew, Reinhard Krueger.
My deepest condolences to the family, may the God of all comfort give you peace at this difficult time. 2 Cor 1:3,4
Thank you, Kelley and Tim. We'll sure miss her. So nice to hear from you.
Dear Dorie, Ingrid, Linda and families,
Tim and I are so very sorry for the passing of your dear, sweet Mom. I always loved the time we spent with her and she raised some really awesome daughters! Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tim and Kelley Brennecke
Thank you, Karen.
Thinking of you all at this time-hugs all around.Sometimes the village of North Highway 14 seems like yesterday.Condolences and love from the Aboods-Scooter(Phil) and Nan.
Thank you, Nan and Scooter. It's so nice to hear from you. We had a great neighborhood, didn't we? It was a great place to grow up. After Dad died, Ingrid and I even talked once that it would be cool to write a little book, a memoir, about growing up there. Love to all of you, there!
Thank you, Dan and Deb. Mom really enjoyed getting to know the Mead family, and was so happy to get the yarn you gave her. She was working on knitting another blanket for one of the family pets before we lost her. We have several knitters in the family. (I am not one of them, sadly!) Hopefully, one of them will finish her project. Thank you for your kindness to her.
Thank you, Claudia. Mom always enjoyed going to your shop to get her hair done, and seeing you. One of her care-givers at the hospital was also named Claudia, and Mom instantly thought of you when she heard the name. Thanks for your comments.
So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Thinking and saying a prayer for you Dorie, Ingrid and Linda. A lot of good memories growing up on Highway 14/ Wiese Garden Rd. Memories will hold you all together.
Dear Doris Ingrid and Linda, I am so sorry over the lose of Your beloved Mom. We are in Florida and I know it is a big los for all of You. I do not have a phone number to call you Girls. Doris I will send some Money to on Your Job. This is the first time to send a message this way , I hope I can send it, I am just not good with my Computer . Dear Girls Your Mom, Grand Mother will be missed a lot. We did not see one another much, but I will miss her a lot. With love Aunt Helga.
I loved your Mom. enjoyed coming over there on ole hwy 14. she was agreat cook and so kind . she loved her kids more than anything. she has a very special place in heaven. bless you all sue Thomas Clark
I remember you, Mary, and your family. Thank you for your comments. --Dorie
Thank you, Barb.--Dorie
Thank you, Tante, Helga. We will all miss her. I'm sure my Ingrid and Linda appreciate hearing from you as much as I do. --Dorie
Thanks very much, Susan. Yes, she was a great cook! She always taught me that food should look as good as they taste, and therefore should get a little garnishment! There's a happy memory! --Dorie
I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I am going to miss her. had alot to talk about over the years. All of us at the beauty salon enjoyed visiting with her. Great lady. Claudia Flathers
We only knew your mother for a short time but oh did we like her! We will always remember the kindness she showed our family member. I had such a good visit with her the last time I saw her. She loved her family so much. Your mother will be missed. Sincerely, Dan and Deb Mead
Dorie & Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Dorie, Ingrid Linda and your families: I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Lake, Marshalltown (your former teenage babysitter). I have fond memories of you girls and your parents. Frank and Gertrud were always kind to me.
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