Tamara Gerdes

  • Born: August 11, 1961
  • Died: January 6, 2022
  • Location: Morrison, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

505 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Tamara Ann Gerdes, 60 of rural Morrison died Thursday, January 6, 2022 at her home.

She was born on August 11, 1961 in Sterling, the daughter of Arlyn and Elizabeth (McFadden) Gerdes. Tamara was a 1979 graduate of Milledgeville High School and was a graduate of Morrison Institute of Technology (MIT). Throughout her life, she was an artist and enjoyed freelance illustrating, painting, drawing, and gardening. By trade she was a mechanical drafter. In the past she was active in the Corn Belt Running Club.

Survivors include her son Zachary Nathan Johnson (Jessica Dalka); her parents: Arlyn and Elizabeth Gerdes; her sisters Nadine Saucedo and Pamela (Chris) Lange; her nephews Peter Saucedo, Elliott Saucedo and Ethan Lange; and her nieces Olivia Saucedo and Deidra Lange.

Private family services were held at the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Soory to see you go Tamara you were one of kind.....keep riding that fat bike.

Posted by David Giegerich - Friend   May 18, 2022

I called Tammy "Fat Tire" because for the duration of our friendship she road a fat tire bike. We had a lot of fun together just talking and laughing. I helped her out a lot with her mailbox, giving her rides on errands and such, consoling with her when she was hit from behind, thank goodness she was towing that trailer on her bike. I picked her up from her job south of town when they shut down due to covid. Luckily I had room to tote everything. We shared recipes and such. She helped my with ideas for my Legion Post and even helped sell raffle tickets. We didn't see eye to eye on political stuff so we just agreed to not talk about it. I never met Zach but I know without a doubt she loved him because she talked about his all the time. RIP Fat Tire!!!

Posted by Jerry Brearton - Thomson, IL - Friend   January 13, 2022

Our heart goes out to the family. My husband and I worked with Tamara at Drives. Gone to soon.

Posted by Mike and Amy Oudekerk - Morrison, IL - Acquaintance   January 11, 2022

Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. I had the pleasure of having Tammy in some of my classes in High School and enjoyed time spent with her. God bless the family.

Posted by Thomas Hacker    January 11, 2022