Tammy Gram (Hartema)

Apr 17, 2021
Gram, Tammy SF


1:00 PM on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th Street, Waterloo


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th Street, Waterloo


Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo


to the family


Tamera Jo Gram (Tammy Hartema) 60, of Waterloo, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at her home. 

Tammy was born on December 21, 1960, in Waterloo. She was the daughter of Marlene Simmerman and step daughter of Gary Simmerman and attended East High School.

Tammy and Mike Hartema shared a civil union for many years and recently became engaged to be married. 

She worked for a few companies throughout her life such as Beatrice Cheese, APAC Teleservices, and Winnebago Industries. Most recently retiring as an in home caregiver due to cancer. 

Tammy, to some known as Goon, had the biggest most kind heart and always thought of others. She enjoyed many things like going on motorcycle rides, spoiling her pets, listening to music, feeding geese, playing games, snuggling and being around her grandbabies. She embraced the simple pleasures in life and made everyone laugh. Her love for others was strong. She was truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed. 

Tammy is survived by her fiancé, Mike Hartema; daughter, Bobbi Jo (Aaron Brinyark) Gram of Cedar Falls; sons, Eric McLaughlin of Waterloo and Nathan McLaughlin of West Union; a stepson, Tanner Hartema of Waukon; 7 grandchildren, Landyn, Westyn, and Braelyn Brinyark‚ Ayden McLaughlin, and Janie, Monroe, and Easton Brymer; a brother, Ken Simmerman of Waterloo; and a brother in law, Kim Cordes of Waterloo..

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Pam Cordes; brothers, John Myers and Ron Simmerman (who passed April 21); and a stepson, Austin Hartema.


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  1. Julie Massina Jewell | Apr 23, 2021
    I’m so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I went to school with Tammy and our Mom’s were best friends! Rest in Paradise Tammy! Tell our Mom’s hi.
  2. Linda | Apr 21, 2021
    Tammy,  I'm happy that we became friends a few years ago. I am gonna so miss your stories that you would talk about in the past and how you'd always could make me laugh and give me advice when I'd talk to you.  I miss you.  I know at least your not in pain no more.  Love you. R.I.P. MY FRIEND..
  3. AMBER C MCLAUGHLIN | Apr 21, 2021

    Mom, I love you so much and miss you! You are a mom to so many people. I am so glad that I got a chance to get to know you throughout the years.

    You will always be my mom.

  4. Jeanne Lueders | Apr 20, 2021
    Tammy, you are safe from all harm and keep track of your bro, John and sister, Pam. You’re with your family but leave many who shared great family times! RIP Tammy!
  5. Kim Cordes | Apr 20, 2021
    Fly high Tammy and give my babe your sister a hug & a kiss for me

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