Tamara Silin Galliher

Tamara Silin Galliher, 65, Overland Park, Kansas, passed from this world into the loving arms of the Lord on July 17, 2013.

Tamara was born in Salzburg, Austria. She graduated from Westport High School in 1965 and from UMKC with a BA degree in 1974. She worked as Director of Marketing for the Forum Retirement Community in Overland Park from 1989 until 2012.

Tamara was preceded in death by her parents, Tatiana and Paul Silin; and brother, Walter Silin. She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Kathryn S. Gray (Jerame R. Gray) and Sarah S. Ventola (Patrick J. Ventola); two granddaughters, Tatiana Rosaria Ventola and Flora Adelaide Gray; sister, Linda A. Purcell; nine nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews; and former spouse, James M. Galliher.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (see www.stjude.org or call 1-800 805-5856). Tamara was a dear soul who will be missed greatly by her family and many friends who loved her dearly.


  1. Bob Worts on June 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I just learned that my grade school and high school classmate had died. She was such an amazing and caring person and I will miss her spirit.

  2. Donna Patton on July 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Thinking of you and your family today, 7/17/14, the one year anniversary of your passing.

    You were a bright light!

  3. Margaret LaRose on July 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Tamara’s passing. I went to Norman grade school and Westport High School with her and she always had the most wonderful smile. My heart goes out to her husband and children.
    Margaret LaRose

  4. Linda & Dale Latham on July 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    So sad to here this news, Tamara, was such a wonderful person, Our deepest sympathy is with her family.

  5. Walt and Ellie Zuk on July 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Jim, We were so sorry to hear of Tamara’s death. Our sincerest sympathy to you, Kate, Sarah and their families.

  6. Bob & Barbara Howard on July 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Sara & family..Although I did not know your Mother, we want to wish you and all of your family our most sincere condolences
    May God Bless her and your family.
    Bob& Barbara Howard….

  7. Kay McMahill BOyd on July 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Tamara and I were high school friends as well as beyond. She and I went to Hawaii, San Francisco. Las Vegas and the
    Bahamas,as very young “chicks” in the early 70’s. I will miss her fun spirit and always happy attitude.

  8. The Abts/Fogel Family on July 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Tamara was the first person to welcome us to the neighborhood 18 years ago. She as always friendly and we so enjoyed her and her children. She made everyone comfortable and welcome. We will miss her greatly.

  9. Gerre Wade on July 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I’m deeply saddened at hearing this news. Tamara and I worked together to “settle in” many of the Forum’s residents. She was delightful to work with and I will miss her.

  10. Cathy Owens on July 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Tamara was a lovely girl in our Westport class of 1965. We were friends and had good times together. The last time I saw her was at Grunauer’s. She was with her family I think celebrating a birthday. It was probably last July. My husband and I were there having dinner as well and she spotted me. It was such fun to see her and share a moment together again. I am so sorry for your loss. It is a loss for our class as well. She will be remembered fondly by all.

  11. Linda and Rich Haynes on July 19, 2013 at 10:26 am

    We were so sorry to hear of Tamara’s passing. We were good high school friends with Tamara and Walter. We have been in touch intermittently over the years at high school functions for 1964 & 1965 classes. We remember coming to a 64 get together at one Walter’s children’s deli store on Rainbow Blvd. Tamara also arranged a reunion for WHS grads at the Forum and she invited us to attend, which was fun to see some of the older grads. We wish to express our condolences to the family at this time. She was a great person and we will all miss her warm smile.

  12. Betty Patterson on July 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Tamara was a caring and wonderful friend
    when she welcomed me to the Forum.
    She is missed and loved by all.
    My deepest sympathy to her family.

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