Tammi S. Mallos, 59 of Richland, MI passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022 after a nearly 8-year battle with cancer. Tammi was born in Caledonia, MN, on January 17, 1963 to Duane and Marlene Howard. She grew up in Fountain, MN and attended high school in Rochester, MN. Following high school, Tammi graduated with a dual degree in Marketing and Music from Mankato State University. She moved to Milwaukee, WI to pursue a career in marketing of sheet music at Hal Leonard Publishing. In Milwaukee she met her future husband, Mike Mallos and they were married on September 22, 1990. Tammi and Mike came to the Kalamazoo, MI area where Tammi earned her master's degree in education at Western Michigan University and began a 30-year vocation of teaching and mentoring young adults. For many of these years she taught a hospitality related careers course and every year would orchestrate a trip for her students to Disney World in Florida for behind-the-scenes education in their operations. Tammi was instrumental in teaching her students many life skills like, resume writing, CPR training, interviewing for a job, food safety certification, and self-discipline.
Tammi, Mike, and their two children moved to Richland, MI in 2005. Tammi has always had a love for animals and fostered that love in her children. While in Richland, she and Mike built pastures at their house to quarter several horses over many years. Tammi would be up every day (rain/shine/snow/freezing temps) at 5:30AM to feed the horses before going to school. She also lived the vocation of raising and supporting her children in everything they were doing. Whether it be sports, academics, or relationships, she was always there for them and their friends. One of her greatest joys was watching as the children grew into the smart, caring, and responsible young adults that they are. More recently, she and Mike moved to Gull Lake where they enjoyed spending time hiking, boating, and soaking up the sun. Tammi will forever be remembered by her beautiful smile, selfless giving, and endless love for all of us lucky enough to meet her.
Tammi is survived by her husband, Mike Mallos of Richland; children, Demitrius (Teri) Mallos of Schaumburg, IL and Nikki Mallos of Richland, MI; sisters, Renee White of Sacramento, CA, and Diane Howard of Rochester, MN; brothers, Dana (Sherry) Howard of Milford, DE, David (Pam) Peterson of Altoona, WI, and Jim Peterson of Klamath Falls, MN; nieces, Courtney Howard of Nashville, TN, Candace Howard of Nashville, TN, and Christa Howard of Milford, DE; nephews, Josh Keep of Rochester, MN, and Christian Howard of Columbus, OH. She was preceded in death by parents Marlene and Bob Peterson and Duane Howard; grandparents Dale and Evelyn Besse, Selma and Peter Howard.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 30th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89), Richland, MI 49083 where a memorial service to celebrate Tammi's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 31st. The service will be Live-streamed and may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/669514763. Memorials directed to the KRESA Foundation â In Memory of Tammi Mallos, 1819 E. Milham Road Portage, MI 49002 Attn: Scott Thomas, where they will be establishing a scholarship in Tammi's name or Housing Resources, Inc. 420 Alcott Street, #200 Kalamazoo, MI 49001, would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Tammi may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.