Tamara K. "Tami" Wantz
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Tamara "Tami" K. Wantz

Indianapolis - Tamara K. Wantz (Tami) 58, of Indianapolis passed away Thursday, May 14th. Tami was born August 3, 1961 in Muncie Indiana. A teacher by career she later devoted full time care for her son Connor. She also spent many hours volunteering for organizations like The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Fairbanks Hospital, the Beaver Dam Loon Lake Conservation Club, her Church, and the Carvel Club. When asked once what she wanted to be when grown up she said, "I just want to be happy." Her family, service, friends, and interests hopefully brought her that happiness in life. Tami's favorite place besides home was Rome, Italy where she would shop and walk in its beautiful piazzas. She was a beach person and liked to spend time with family and friends at Laguna Beach, Destin, and Nags Head North Carolina. A speed enthusiast, she once won a snowmobile race in Michigan and loved to go full throttle on a jet ski at the lake.

Tami is survived by her husband of 35 years John; son Connor; sister Stacy and brothers Michael, and Brad.

Private services are yet to be determined. Memorial contributions can be made to Meridian Street United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Hope Academy Recovery High School in Indianapolis, or the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Online condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com.






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Published in The Indianapolis Star from May 16 to May 17, 2020.
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James Walters
May 22, 2020
I was a classmate of Tamis from 6th grade thru high school and my memories of Tami are of a kind, caring and poised young woman who was soft spoken and intelligent. Im so sorry and send my prayers to her family. Im so sorry for your loss. Tami was such a special person.
Julia Arney
May 18, 2020
Tammy loved passionately. She loved Connor to distraction. She loved us. We loved her. Thursday will miss her so sorely that there are no words.
Leigh Dunnington-Jones
Friend
May 17, 2020
John, Michael just let me know about the passing of Tami. I am so very sorry. Tami was a remarkable person whom I always admired and enjoyed being around. She was always quick with a friendly word and positive insight. Know that I am thinking about you and Conner along with the rest of the family.
Jennifer Pease
Friend
May 16, 2020
What a terrible loss of a wonderful lady.
Christine Drury
Friend
May 16, 2020
My heart is broken with the news of Tamis passing. I had the privilege of being one of Connors teachers at Spring Mill Elementary School. Tami was a devoted mama and advocate for Connor. My deepest sympathies to John, Connor and extended family.
Edi Powell
Teacher
May 16, 2020
I am heartbroken at the news of Tamis passing. I was Connors teacher in his early years at Spring Mill. Tami was a devoted mother and advocate for her beautiful son. My sympathies to John and Connor and extended family at this time. The community grieves this loss.
Edi Powell
Teacher
May 16, 2020
The relationship I had with Tami was through John, her husband. While John and Tami were serving Acton UMC, I was appointed as Johns associate for a blended ministry. The first time I met Tami, she was focused on Conner, or I would say mesmerized by her son who had special needs. I observed her to be this woman on a mission for her son to live the best life possible. She shared her fears of his life that would not be like other families, but quickly moved on to other things. She didnt have time to feel sorry for herself. In the other instances that we would meet at church, rummage sale she would try on clothing In the boutique section of the sale and give us a fashion show of the latest styles of the 60ies even though this was in the mid 90ies! She was respected as an equal with John in his ministry that can often times have expectations of spouses to be a two for one. Not Tami. She continued on and when the opportunity came to move to Bloomington, she was elated at the resources and opportunities that would afford them through IU. She loved her husband and her son. She will be missed greatly and my prayer in this time of grief for those who have been left behind, she was a woman who loved and was loved. RIP dear one.
yvonne oropeza
Friend
May 16, 2020
I was able to witness what an amazing mother Tami was during Connors time at Spring Mill, Northview and North Central. She was always volunteering to help and was an amazing advocate for Connor. I am so sorry Wantz family.
Megan McLarty
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