July 30, 1967 – Feb. 21, 2017
Tami Lee Kitzman, 49, of Leeds, ND, passed away February 21st, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Tami was born July 30, 1967 in Devils Lake, ND to Thomas and Mary Lou (Schiele) Leppard. She was raised on their family farm south of Leeds. She attended school and graduated from Leeds in 1985. Following graduation, she married Rob Nelsen that summer. They lived in Leeds, and she was a stay at home mom for many years before starting work as a paraprofessional at Leeds School. Tami obtained her Paralegal Certificate and shortly after she started to volunteer on the Leeds Ambulance Service. She worked her way through the various steps and wanted to continue her work in EMS, so she obtained her Paramedicine degree through Bismarck State College on June 15, 2004. She loved helping others; it was a passion of hers. She was a very giving individual who would help anyone in need at any time. She devoted many hours to teaching EMS, as well as, giving her time to her community through the Leeds Ambulance Service. Tami was employed at the Minot Air Force Base through a contracting company for the last 12 years and was employed there until the time of her passing.
On July 25, 2008 she married Tony Kitzman. They shared their home in Leeds. Tami and Tony taught EMS classes through their education company, North Country EMS Education. Both Tami and Tony gave much of their time and devoted themselves to their community through the Leeds Ambulance Service and taught many people over the years.
Tami’s greatest joys in life were her children and her favorite little boy, Kyler. Her only grandson was her pride and joy. They always told one another they loved each other ‘to the moon and back.’ Tami was known for her famous French Toast – her kids lived for it!
Grateful for having
shared in her life are: her husband, Tony Kitzman; children: Kristen, Bradley and Nikara Nelsen all of Leeds and Angela Kitzman of Rugby; her sisters, Traci (Gary) Jacques and their children, Kayla, Kenzie and Karsen of Devils Lake, Linda (Daren) Lysne and their children, Leann, Kayde and Jayde, of Rugby and her brother, Carlito Leppard of Minnewaukan;her mother, Mary Lou Leppard and late father, Thomas Leppard of Minnewaukan and many aunts, uncles and loving cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents, John and Eva Schiele and Phillip and Rose Mary Leppard.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Leeds, ND with Fr. Daniel Musgrave celebrating the mass.
Burial will be in the spring at the Brinsmade Cemetery, rural Brinsmade, ND.
Visitation will be at the church on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 PM followed by a 5:00 PM Parish Vigil. Honorary Bearers are the Leeds Ambulance Service Team. Music will be provided by Tammy Meyer, Shelby Brandvold and Micki Brandvold.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Leeds Ambulance Service 130 1st Ave NW Leeds, ND 58346.
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