Tammy R. Nelson

Tammy R. Nelson, 62, Grantsburg, passed away at her home on May 26 surrounded by her family after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

She was born on Oct. 27, 1957 at the Rush City, Minn., Hospital to Jerry and Mary Hoefler. She was the youngest of three daughters and attended Pine City High School where she graduated in 1976. Following graduation, she worked in local retail positions until she joined her mother in working at Carlyle’s clothing stores in Pine City and Grantsburg. It was there where she met her husband Gary in 1978. The two were married in June of 1980 and resided in Grantsburg where they raised their two daughters - Kim and Katie. 

Tammy lived her life to be a wife, mom, and grandma. We were blessed to have her as a stay-at-home mom for several years before she accepted a job at Burnett Dairy Cooperative where she worked for more than 25 years. She served in a variety of retail positions before being named store manager for the Dairy’s Cheese Store. She received many accolades and praise for her efforts from her colleagues, customers and patrons. She took a tremendous amount of pride in using her gifts working with customers and ensuring the store was in order.

Tammy loved giving back to her community and was active in the Grantsburg Chamber of Commerce for several years and served as its treasurer. She was also active in various school, athletic, and church events and she prided herself in her support of her daughters in their many activities. She co-managed the World Championship Snowmobile Watercross in Grantsburg for nine years and was a volunteer at the Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair in Grantsburg for many years. She was steadfast in the support of her husband Gary in the purchase of two businesses. Her support, encouragement, and tolerance can be attributed to the success of both business ventures.

Tammy was a good friend to many and enjoyed her many close relationships. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her selflessness, and her loyalty to all who knew and loved her. While Tammy served in many roles, her most treasured role was that of being a grandma to Lauren and Grant.

She was preceded in death by her sister Lori Hoefler Manthei, and grandparents Roy and Elsie Andersen and David and Olive Hoefler.

She is survived by her husband Gary; daughters Kim (Nick) Hallberg and Katie Nelson; grandchildren Lauren and Grant Hallberg; parents Jerry and Mary Hoefler; sister Roxanne (Greg) Johnson; sister-in-law Janet (Tim) Fossum; nephews Jeff (Kristine) Tietz, Chad (Dorothy) Johnson, Jared Fossum, Jason (Ashley) Fossum; niece Janelle (Corey) Smestad; great-nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, many cousins, and many friends.

A Memorial Service is set for Friday, June 5 with visitation at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg from 1 to 3 p.m. and a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg at 3:15 p.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Grantsburg. Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taylor.com.