Tammy Lynn Greely, age 55, of Kimberly, passed away at her home on October 12, 2022, surrounded by the love of her husband and family. Tammy was born on March 9, 1967, in New London, daughter of William and Karen (Wheeler) Von Holt. She was a proud graduate from Appleton East High School, later earning her cosmetology license from Gill-Tech Academy of Hair Design. Tammy had chairs at various salons eventually accepting full time positions at Bonnie’s Hair Design and Fringe. She continued working up until cancer forced her to put down her shears in April of this year.
Tammy’s authentic self, revealed a bear as her spirit animal. Bears are the energy of courage that replenishes power, supporting physical and emotional healing. Tammy truly embodied these attributes especially through her battle with cancer. Her illness may have made her body weak, but her spirit stayed strong.
Tammy met Bob Greely through a mutual friend in 2009. After a 9-year courtship, the two were married on August 18, 2018. Tammy and Bob packed more adventure and love into their relationship than many couples do in a lifetime. Sharing a love for motorcycles; Tammy and Bob were members of the Non-Profit Wisconsin’s Wheels of Hope, Inc., as well as working with Bikers Against Trafficking, and were organizers of The King Run hosted by the Wisconsin’s Wheels of Hope, Inc. They would joy ride throughout the United States, their favorite places being the Tail of the Dragon and Sturgis. They had a cabin in Crandon where Tammy could escape from life for a while and retreat into nature with the hummingbirds. This was her “Happy Place”.
Tammy’s creativity touched everything she did. She enjoyed arts and crafts of any kind, painting, diamond art, knitting, crocheted, making dream catchers and taking pictures. She created beautiful quilts and sewing projects, even making the Halloween costumes and Christmas outfits for her and Bob to wear. Tammy loved gardening, cooking and baking. If you left her house hungry, it was your own fault. Like many Wisconsinites, the Green Bay Packers were her favorite team, never missing a game.
Tammy was the kind of woman that made you want to be a better person. She would help and support anyone who needed it. She loved her family fiercely and let them know not only by her words but also by her actions. Tammy’s light does not dim by her passing but shines brighter through her family and friends.
Tammy will be missed by her loving husband: Bob Greely; children: Deven (Todd) Bettis, Christopher Van Haaster, Scott (Madilyn) Van Haaster, Erik Van Haaster, Cassandra Fidler, Carolann (Bob) Workentine, Clarissa (Andrew) Zellmer, Matthew (Kenzie) Greely; and grand babies: Lily Raine, Cooper, Colt, Chayce, Brianna, Summer, Jenny, Lily, Selene, and Lennon. As well as her father: William (Mary) Von Holt; brother: Tim (Jennifer) Von Holt; brothers-in-law: Daniel Greely and Ken Greely; Bob’s step mother Dianne Greely: sister-in-law: Chris Greely; step-siblings: Dawn Moore (fiance Keith), Angela (Darius) Parks, Stoney (Leah) Merryfield; nephews: Jacob (daughter Maddie) Von Holt, Nick Von Holt, Adam Greely, Michael (Bri) Greely; nieces: Amber (Terry) Puffe and Erika Greely. She is further survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, special friends, and canine companions Cosmo and Morgan.
She was preceded in death by her mother: Karen Von Holt; grandson: Louie Van Haaster; father-in-law: Kenneth Greely; mother-in-law: Teresa Greely; brother-in-law: Peter Greely; and sister-in-law: Shirley Greely.
The memorial service for Tammy will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N Superior St, Downtown Appleton, with Tommy Bongers the Pastor for Bikers for Christ. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the time of service at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bob benefitting Wisconsin’s Wheels of Hope, Inc., or Bikers Against Trafficking in Tammy’s name. Bob can be venmo'ed @BobGreely (last 4 digits of Bob's phone # are 3452) to make online donations.
Tammy’s family would like to thank the amazing staff at Thedacare at Home Hospice especially Dawn, Ben, and Mary. And an extra special thank you to Tammy’s lunch companions C.J., Gena, Jennifer, Shane, and Terri.