Tammy Rae Haberstroh
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RAPID CITY | Tammy Rae Haberstroh, 51, Rapid City, passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday, November 29, 2012, after a lengthy battle with cancer with her husband at her side in the new home they had just built together in her beloved Black Hills.
Tammy was born June 13, 1961, in Sioux Falls, SD, and was adopted by Wayne and Jean Thompson of Rapid City. She joined an adopted older brother, Scott, and later an adopted little sister, Cindy, in her new family.
She attended and graduated from Rapid City Stevens High School in 1980 and also attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD.
Tammy married her sweetheart, Jeff Haberstroh, on May 20, 1995, in Rapid City. Always a friend to everyone, Tammy found great joy working as a cashier at Shopko where she greeted all her customers and friends with an ever-present smile. Inspired by her husband, Tammy had volunteered and served with the Rapid Valley Fire Department in 1999 as a firefighter and secretary, something she took enormous pride in.
She and her husband traveled to Germany twice for the Fire Fighters Exchange Program and also hosted visiting firefighters and their families as well. These trips and the significance of them were especially important to Tammy. She often remarked how much she enjoyed the wonderful German chocolate and always managed to sneak some home to share with everyone.
Survivors include her loving husband, Jeff Haberstroh, Rapid City; mother, Jean Thompson, Rapid City; brother, Scott (Betsy) Thompson, Campbell, CA; sister, Cindy Thompson, Rapid City; stepbrothers, Russell and Ralph Donavan, Huron, SD; stepsister, Vickie Bruns, Huron, SD; mother and father-in-law, Sally and Leonard Haberstroh, Rapid City; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Kathy) Haberstroh and Scott (Raven) Haberstroh of Rapid City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne.
Visitation will be Monday, December 3, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kirk Funeral Home and will continue again until one hour before services begin at the church on Tuesday.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 4, at 10 a.m. at Open Bible Church, 2225 East St. Patrick St., in Rapid City, with Pastors Randy Phipps and Julie Lantis officiating. Burial will follow at the Rockerville Cemetery near Rockerville, SD. After the committal services, a lunch will be served by the Rockerville Ladies at the Rockerville Community Center.
Memorials for Tammy have been established to the Rapid City Regional Hospice of the Hills and the Black Hills Humane Society.
Family and friends may sign Tammy's online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.
Published in Rapid City Journal on December 2, 2012