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Tammy Carpenter

Tammy Jo Carpenter, 51, of Freeburg, Ill., passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020, in Shiloh, Ill.
Mrs. Carpenter was born August 23, 1969, in Belleville, Ill., the daughter of Gary and Margaret, nee Howie, Lopez.
She was the office manager for Freeburg Printing and Publishing. She served on the Freeburg Community Consolidated School District No. 70 Board of Education and also served on the Freeburg Planning Commission. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg, Ill.
Mrs. Carpenter was a dedicated mother of two sons of whom she was extremely proud. Her favorite pastime was spending time in the sun by the pool or on a sandy beach. She had a passion for reading literature of all kinds, but especially British historical fiction novels.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Johnnie Eugene (Gene) and Mary Ann, nee Feldmann, Lopez of Belleville, Ill., and Elijah Merle and Anne Rose, nee Maes, Howie of Smithton, Ill.; and a father-in-law, Harold Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill.
Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Thomas Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill., whom she married on October 17, 1992, in Freeburg, Ill.; two sons, Noah Carpenter of Oxford, Miss., and Henry Carpenter at home; her mother and father, Gary and Margaret Lopez, of Shiloh, Ill.; three sisters, Nicky (Scott) Olson of Smithton, Ill., Mary Ann (Mark) Lopez-Drake of Red Bud, Ill., and Emily (Dave) Wombacher of Smithton, Ill.; her mother-in-law, Judy Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Hal and Susan Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill.; three nephews, Hans (fiancee, Jessica) Carpenter of Marissa, Ill., Drummond (fiancee Kennady) Carpenter of Freeburg, Ill., and James Wombacher of Smithton, Ill.; three nieces, Abbey Carpenter of Quincy, Ill., Avery Olson of Smithton, Ill., and Addison Olson of Smithton, Ill.; many aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors,and friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from 9-11 a.m. at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Freeburg, Ill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg, Ill., with Father Von Deeke officiating.
Memorials may be made in care of the family.


  1. Jean Reinneck on November 9, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I last talked with Tammy in May at the Tribune offices. We had a wonderful conversation. I always enjoyed chatting with her, and am stunned and saddened by her loss. Hugs to all of her family. She will be missed.

  2. Laurie Watkins on November 9, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’m praying you feel God wrap His arms around you in a huge embrace. I am so so very sorry our precious Tammy has slipped away. What a delight she always was to talk to. She was so proud of her boys and loved to talk about sailing adventures. I will miss her beautiful smile at the front desk. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. Know I’m praying for you.

  3. John and Michelle Schweiger on November 10, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Dear Tom, Noah and Henry,
    I know Tammy was ill for some time, but we can barely believe she’s gone. Know that we are here for you if you need anything. Also know that we will continue to keep you in our prayers and love you all dearly.

  4. Julie Mertens Weber on November 10, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Dear family of Tammy,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Tammy’s passing. I will be keeping you all in my prayers.
    Julie and extended Mertens family

  5. David Smith on November 10, 2020 at 11:15 am

    You have my deepest sympathy. God bless. David

  6. David Smith on November 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

    You have my deepest sympathy. David

  7. Betty Bollmeier on November 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Tom and his family members. We enjoyed knowing Tammy and our times together at the lake. She was a sweet lady and a joy to be with. I wish we could of enjoyed her friendship more.

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