Tammy S. (Viger) Rathbun, 44, our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend from Granville, N.Y. passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at Glens Falls Hospital following a 15-year battle with osteosarcoma cancer, with her loving family by her side.
She was born on July 5, 1969, in Cambridge, the daughter of Hilda R. (Odom) Viger of Granville and the late Donald H. Viger.
Tammy was a graduate of Granville Central High School, “Class of 1987. She then attended Adirondack Community College where she received an Associate Degree in Medical Science.
Tammy was also a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Granville.
She worked for First Step Counseling, Indian River Nursing Home, Grand Union, Price Chopper, and Mary J. Tanner School in Middle Granville.
She married her husband, Richard Rathbun on Aug. 7, 1993. They have two wonderful sons, Kyle and Nathan and a stepdaughter, Erin Rathbun.
Tammy’s passions were to read, decorate, and bake special new recipes for holidays. She loved spending time with her family. She loved walking, hiking, camping, fishing, baseball, and enjoyed attending all of her children’s sporting events. She also loved to make her son’s homemade Halloween costumes. It was always fun to try and find all the “special” items she needed to make them.
Tammy was the most caring, nicest and loving person anyone could meet. She always had a smile on her face, no matter how sick she was. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her children were her life.
All who knew Tammy were amazed by her strength and determination to beat her battle that she faced every day. She never complained and took each day, one day at a time, with a smile on her face in hopes that the next day would be better. Always hoping for a miracle, Tammy was an amazing woman who was loved by all who knew her.
Besides her father, Donald H. Viger who died on Oct.1, 2012, she is predeceased by her mother-in-law, Nancy Rathbun.
Left to cherish her fond memories are her husband Richard Rathbun of Granville, her two sons Kyle and his companion Callie Churchill and Nathan Rathbun of Granville, a stepdaughter, Erin Rathbun of Queensbury, her mother, Hilda Viger of Granville, her two sisters, Terri Boisclair and her husband Ron of Granville and Mona Lenz and her husband Chip of Starksboro, Vt., a granddaughter, Vivienne Ray of Queensbury, her father-in-law, William Rathbun of Whitehall, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and sister and brother in-laws. She is also survived by her best friend, Judy Brown and leaving behind Two of the “Three B’s” at Mary J. Tanner School.
Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church Street, Granville.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Bulkley Ave., Granville, with Reverend Thomas Zelker officiating.
At the conclusion of the services on Wednesday, family and friends are invited to continue the celebration of Tammy’s life at a reception to be held at the American Legion Post #323, Columbus Street in Granville.
Tammy’s family extends its heartfelt thanks to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Dr. Robert Sponzo and Jean Van Auken, and to the Tower 2 Staff. Your love and compassion during this difficult time was a comfort to us.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Tammy’s memory to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 100 Park Street, Glens Falls, N.Y. 12801