Perham High School students and staff released pink balloons this afternoon to honor the birthday of Tammy Palubicki, a beloved cook at the school who passed away August 26.

Tammy graduated from Perham High School in 1984, according to her obituary. After high school, she furthered her education and earned a degree in cosmetology at Wadena Technical College, so she could cut Steve and Curt’s hair for 30 years.

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On Sept. 5, 1987, Tammy was united in marriage to Steve Palubicki in Perham. After their marriage, the two moved to the Twin Cities where they began to raise a family.

Two years later, they returned to Perham where Tammy was a stay-at-home mother, taking care of their son, Curt and others who needed care. When Curt reached school age, she began working as food service worker where she provided Perham High School students with a nutritious meal twice a day for 25 years and earned the nickname T-Bone.

Tammy enjoyed her life gathering with friends, riding her Harley, pontoon rides, and most of all, she loved her garage.

Today was Palubicki’s birthday. She would have turned 53, so the numerous students sang “Happy Birthday” in her honor before letting go of dozens of balloons into the chilly, autumn air in front of the new high school.