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Tamara Jean Pelowski

Tamara Jean Pelowski was born on October 17th, 1975 at Ramsay County Hospital in St. Paul. Stephen and Eileen Schmidt adopted her when she was two weeks old. She grew up in White Bear. She moved to North Branch when she was 13.

When she was 15 she met William Pelowski. They married on May 8, 1993 at the American Legion in North Branch by a justice of the peace. After a long, exhausting day they went to bed early but were soon awakened by the onset of her labor. Anthony Joseph was born the next day.

The next few years were difficult but happy. Brianna Jane was born in October 1994. And soon Tami was pregnant again. Tami to move to Ortonville, Minn. to live with Bill's parents while he stayed in Cottage Grove with his grandparents. Summer Grace was born in August of 1996 and Bill quit his jobs soon after to be with his new little family in Ortonville.

The family moved to Morris and Bill enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Jude was born in September of 1997 and in November of 1998 their fifth child Faustina was born. In April of 2000, Isaiah James was born.

William finally graduated in 2002. In 2003 Tami started attending classes at UMM. She aspired to be an archaeologist and loved the time she spent at UMM. She was involved with the Women's Resource Center and helped organize the "Take Back the Night" event.

In 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy and, for a while, it seemed that the cancer was gone. But, in the meantime, it was too difficult to maintain her studies and she dropped out of college. In early 2007 the cancer was found in her bones. Tami passed away on May 16, 2009. She died at home with the love of her life.

Tami loved camping with her kids at Cascade State Park, hiking along the rivers, and picnicking on the shore of Lake Superior. She said that those places made her feel strong. She liked visiting the Como Zoo and loved shopping. She used to go to the Mall of America frequently to walk around and shop. She loved cooking and was especially talented at making candy, pies, and soups. She loved to read and collect books and stones. She loved music and gardening and became very interested in plants near the end of her life. She liked fishing and canoeing. She loved her friends and her family meant everything to her. She loved being a mom.

A memorial service for Tami Pelowski was held Monday, May 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris.