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Tammy Marie


September 14 , 1958 - January 08 , 2021

Tammy Marie Painter
Tammy Marie Painter
1958 - 2021


Monday, January 11, 2021
6:00 ~ 8:00 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
1:00 ~ 8:00 PM
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Private Service at 11:00 AM
Community Lutheran Church
23984 Gibraltar Road
Flat Rock, MI 48134


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monroe Cancer Connection, Flat Rock Junior Bowling or Creative Learning Campus in Flat Rock.


Tammy Marie Painter, age 62, of Flat Rock, passed away on Friday, January 08, 2021 at her home surrounded by her husband, her children and family. She was under the care of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care for Metastatic Breast Cancer of the Bone. Tammy was born September 14, 1958, in Monroe to the late Joyce (Dyson) and Lavern Theisen. She was one of seven brothers and sisters. On February 21, 1981 she married Eric Painter at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Monroe. Tammy attended Monroe Public Schools graduating in 1976. She enrolled at Monroe Community College in their Criminal Justice Program. It was there that she met her future husband Eric. Tammy graduated MCCC in 1978 and transferred to Ferris State where she graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in CJ – Law Enforcement as a Certified Police Officer. In 1980 Chief Ray Hoffman hired Tammy beginning her 28-year career with Flat Rock Police Dept. She was the first female police officer in Flat Rock Police Dept. History holding positions and ranks of Animal Control, Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and finally her rank at retirement Detective Lieutenant. She retired on September 14, 2008 and is still the only female police officer to retire from the force. Her hard work, attention to detail, along with the ability to utilize both verbal and non-verbal responses to the situations she faced earned her the respect and admiration of many of her male colleagues. She is survived by her husband of 39 years Eric Painter, daughter Kristi (Steve) Hill of Carleton and son Robert Eric (Katie) Painter of Livonia. She was the driving force behind the duo of Meme and Bugga. They have 4 grandchildren Abby Hill, Tyson Hill, Derek Hill and Brody Painter. Sadly, she passed before getting to take part in Robert and Katie 2nd child, a girl due at the end of February. She is also survived by her brothers Randy (Bonnie) Thiesen of Adrian, David (Joan) Theisen of Wilmington NC, Scott (Julie) Theisen of Lambertville, sisters Linda (Larry) Lake of Hampstead NC and Sally (Mark) Gruber of Monroe. She was proceeded in death by her parents Joyce (Dyson) Theisen, October 30, 1982 and Lavern Theisen December 13, 2020. Her sister Nancy Bellg also proceeded her. Her cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home. A memorial luncheon to follow at a later date.


Eric, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Peggy Carter

Dear family, we are sincerely sorry for your great loss. We are keeping you in our prayers. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you. May God wrap his loving arms around Tammy and give her peace. Love Deb and Mike Bruni Deborah and Michal Bruni

Jim and I were sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved wife mother and Grandma. Our prayers are with you all Jim and Helen Gersch Helen Gersch

Sending condolences in the loss of Tammy. She always had a smile on her face. She was taken to heaven too soon. Tammy will be remember by all. May God heal the family in the loss Bill and Marilyn Krolak

To Eric and family, our sincerest condolences. Rest In Peace, Tammy. Dan and Toni Georgia

Dear Painter family: We are sending our sincere sympathy to your family. Please know that Tammy is at rest and will be waiting to see all of you when the time comes. May God hold her and the angels comfort her in eternal peace. stephen j. petro

So sorry for your loss. Prayers coming your way. Linda & Lou Bresinski

I had the pleasure to work with Tammy and her wit and law enforcement prowness were second to none. My condolences to Eric and her outstanding family, she will certainly be missed. Daniel Grant