In Memory of

Tara Ellen Hodgeman

August 10, 1972 - July 9, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA

Tara Ellen “Grippie” Hodgeman, the daughter of Fred and Lucretia “Kish” Hodgeman, was born on August 8, 1972, in Lakeport, IL. Her childhood years were spent in Joliet, IL and she graduated from Plainsfield High School in Plainsfield, IL in 1990.

 After school, Tara lived in Cherokee, IA where she worked at the Fareway Meat Department for six years. Tara enjoyed fishing, dancing, her flowers, wattching the Minnesota Vikings, and NASCAR. She liked most sports and played basketball and football. She also adored her cats, Lokie and Gracie, and her dog, Molly. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her fiancé Jiggs and family and friends.

 She will lovingly be remembered by her fiancé, Jiggs Curtis; parents, Fred and Lucretia Hodgeman; and one brother, Frederick Hodgeman.

The family of Tara Hodgeman will be having a memorial gathering at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the Spring Lake Park shelter house in Cherokee, IA. Please join her fiance Jigs Curtis during that time.


Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:36 PM
“My prayers for Fred, Kish and Freddie. I'm so sorry for your loss. Way too young. God Bless you all. RIP lovely Tara.”
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:36 PM
“Kish and Fred,
We are so sorry to hear of Tara's passing. We loved her, she was a good soul! Praying for peace and comfort. Love you!”
- Jeana, Rick, and Nicole
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:36 PM
“Jiggs , so very sorry for your loss. We know she meant the world to you ! Take care of yourself. We will talk soon. ”
- Buck and Lynn Blankenbaker
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:36 PM

Thayne and family, Jim and I are so sorry to hear about Tara’s passing away . May You find strength from God to help you heal. Hugs , prayers, and hugs from Jim and I. ”
- Lorri A Stevenson
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