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Gerald "Jerie" Frederick Tams

March 11, 1954 October 6, 2008
Gerald "Jerie" Frederick Tams
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Obituary for Gerald "Jerie" Frederick Tams

Round Lake, Minnesota 
     Gerald “Jerie” Tams, 54, was born on March 11, 1954, in Cornwall, NY, the son of William and Virginia (Calnon) Tams.  He graduated from Cornwall High School in 1971.  After graduation, he moved to California where he and Debbie met.  Jerie and Debbie Palmer were united in marriage on January 1, 1986, in Worthington, MN.  While in Worthington, Jerie worked both as a mechanic at S & L Garage and in construction for multiple local companies.  Jerie and Debbie, along with their son Jamie, moved to Florida in 1996, where Jerie worked as a plumber for the union.  In 2004, they moved back to Worthington due to failing health.  Jerie died on Monday, October 6, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
     Jerie is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debbie, of Round Lake, MN; two sons, Jamie, of Round Lake, MN and Jesse, of Port St. Lucy, FL; one brother, Gordon (Barbara) Tolomeo, of Rochester, NY; father and mother-in-law, Robert C. and Monica Palmer, of Worthington, MN; nine sisters-in-law, Barbara Tams, of Yerrington, NV, Karleen (Art) Koch, of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Lois (Frank) Lappin, of Webster City, IA, Mary (Forrest) Nelson, of Enumclaw, WA, Diane (Terry) Rogers, of Atlantic, IA, Ellen (Rob) Noble, of Rushmore, MN, Marilyn (Doug) Frisch, of Worthington, MN, Peggy (Kenton) Meier, of Worthington, MN, and Barbara (Rich) Nelson, of Onalaska, WI, and two brothers-in-law, Robert R. (Sue) Palmer, of Somerfield, FL, and Jim (Lori) Palmer, of Longmont, CO.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Virginia, and one brother, Bill Tams, Jr.
     Memorial service mass will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN, with Father Larry Brixius officiating.
Arrangements are with Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, Minnesota.


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