Tana Knieriem, 43, of Caldwell, Idaho, passed away April 14, 2019, with her family by her side. She was born to Rick Knieriem and Eileen “Shorty” Tashoff, April 13, 1976, in Bend, Oregon. Tana graduated from Burns Union High School in 1994 and received an AS in Medical/Dental Office in 2000. Tana is survived by two loving daughters: Jadyn Baker and Jaycee Knieriem, of Caldwell, Idaho. She is also survived by her parents, sisters, and enough family and friends to populate a small town.

Tana’s biggest joy came from being with her family and friends.  She was incredibly proud of her daughters and wanted nothing more than to watch them grow up into amazing young women. Tana was a strong willed, warm and caring mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt and friend who always saw the best in everyone.  In the short time she had, she left us with so many beautiful memories and funny stories that forgetting her would be impossible.  She shared a passion for riding motorcycles with her Dad, family time with her mom, barbeques and board games, but most of all, she imparted the knowledge of good bass thumping music in a great car to her girls.

She worked in corporate payroll but always had a passion to return to school to become a dental hygienist.  One of the last things she did was holler at her family and take the toothbrush so she could brush her teeth better herself.  That was our Tana Banana.  She never backed down from a challenge and would do anything she could to help everyone in her life.  Throughout her fight with cancer her motto was “Fight Like A Girl” but after seeing how she fought and for so long, the motto really should be “Fight Like Tana” because she did.

The celebration of life to honor Tana will be held at 1 pm on May 4, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Banquet Room located at 16245 N Merchant Way, Nampa, ID 83687.

Rather than send flowers, the family asks that you donate to breast cancer awareness or take the money and spend some extra time with your family doing something fun. 

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