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Tamara Shaw Hall

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TAMARA SHAW HALL 1950 - 2018
FLORIDA - Tamara Shaw Hall died unexpectedly on June 25, 2018 in Florida at the age of 67 from a health problem following surgery. She was the daughter of Patricia Shaw Hall and the late James W. Hall, Jr. Tami grew up in Putnam Connecticut. In 1969 she graduated from Putnam High School where she was a cheerleader, a drum majorette, and a member of the girl's basketball team. Tami's siblings include James W. Hall III (Missy Heidelberger Hall), twin sisters Faith Mercedes Hall (Chuck St. Pierre) and Florence Ellen Hall (Carl Lajeunesse), and Russell Hall (Nanci).
Tami was married first to Michael Deary, Sr. Even though the marriage ended, Tami remained close to the large extended Deary family. In 1988, Tami married Charles Joseph (Jody) Heidelberger, Missy's older brother. They enjoyed 30 wonderful years together. Tami was an incredible mother for her son Michael Deary, Jr. and daughter Shannon Deary Zifcak. She just as strongly lovingly guided her stepchildren Michael and Lauren, and Kiersten. And Nana simply adored her beautiful grandchildren Jacob, Benjamin and Grace Zifcak, and step grandson Brenden Womack. Over the years, Tami and Jody gave shelter and comfort to other young persons who needed it at the time.
Tami was a talented nurse who provided skilled and compassionate care to children and adults in different educational and health care settings in northeastern Connecticut. For a number of years, she cared for residents at Westview Health Care Center in Dayville, CT. Later, until her retirement in 2015, Tami continued her career of service to students in the Sweeny School within the Windham School System who required skilled nursing care during their educational day. As everyone who spent any time with Tami knows very well, she was a voracious reader. Without exaggeration, Tami read more books in a typical year that most persons read in a lifetime. Tami was, for over 50 years, an avid Beach Boys fan. Before and during her retirement, she and Jody attended dozens of Beach Boys concerts around the country. Tami and Jody lived most of their years together at a home on the shores of Witches Woods Lake in South Woodstock CT, which is connected to Upper Bungee Lake. In the dead of winter in 2010, a horrible fire destroyed the house and most of the contents. Tami and Jody regrouped with the generous help of friends and strangers who provided food, clothing, and shelter while a new house was built on the site. Tami and Jody were forever grateful for the generosity and love they experienced during this difficult time. They were particularly thankful for the valiant efforts of the Bungay Fire Department in fighting the fire in very challenging wintery conditions. Tami partially expressed her gratitude by enlisting as a volunteer member of the Bungay Fire Brigade.
Relatives, friends, and others are invited to attend a memorial service for Tami to be held beginning 4:30 pm on Saturday July 28 at the Living Faith United Methodist Church, 53 Grove St, Putnam, CT. Upon Tami's request, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Scholarship Fund at Putnam High School, 152 Woodstock Avenue, Putnam CT 06260 or to the Bungay Fire Department, 1256 CT 171, South Woodstock CT 06267.
Published in Norwich Bulletin from July 2 to July 14, 2018
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