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Tara Beth, daughter of David and Karen (Hager) Rieger was born on July 5, 1979 at Dakota Hospital in Fargo, ND. Tara grew up in Sheyenne, ND with her two siblings, Bryan and Dana. She graduated from Sheyenne Public School in 1997.

Tara met her husband, Elvis Thumb Jr., in 1995. The two exchanged wedding vows on June 11, 1999. Together they had five strong and beautiful daughters, Shantel, Shayla, Alyssa, Trysta and Cambree.

Tara loved being a mother. Having five daughters was something she and Elvis were very proud of. They gracefully cared for them and raised them to be strong and independent. Tara loved having at home spa days and watching Hallmark movies with them. In the summer you could find them all on the porch, enjoying each other’s company as hummingbirds flew all around. In 2021, Tara became a grandmother to a grandson, Wilder. She loved watching him grow and was quick to spoil him, like the best grandmas do.

Once all of Tara’s daughters were in school she began working at the New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School in the cafeteria. Tara loved this job and often talked about the new friends she had made. She appreciated the continuous love and support she received from them.

Tara’s battle with cancer was short. Even on the hardest days she remained positive and made future plans, like taking another trip to her favorite place, Las Vegas. She never wanted anyone to worry about her and did her best to continue to provide hopeful comfort to those around her.

Our hearts break as our wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend has passed on. We feel blessed to have a beautiful guardian Angel. We will continue to feel her presence and see her among the hummingbirds.

Tara’s loving family includes her husband, Elvis Thumb Jr.; five daughters, Shantel (Troy) Storm, Shayla (Sam) Thumb, Alyssa Thumb, Trysta Thumb, and Cambree Thumb; grandson, Wilder Storm; parents, David and Karen Rieger; siblings, Bryan (Tara) Rieger and Dana (Sam) Rieger; nephews, Camden, Gavin, Jaxyn, Kye, Joseph Jr., Jermiah, Jaden and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Romaldus and Beatrice Hager, Ed and Gen Anderson, Pete and Marie Rieger; mother-in-law, Karen Peterson; uncles, Danny Hager and Harvey Solberg; aunts, Sandy Wolters, and Norma Nye.


Tara’s Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00PM-7:00PM with a Rosary Service, at 6:40PM followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 21, 2023 at 10:00AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND.

Her Burial will be at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, in New Rockford, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. I am so very sorry for your loss of Tara. She was such a kind and wonderful person. She had a great smile and laugh. She has a wonderful family with having five beautiful daughters inside and out. She will be missed by all who knew her. I send the family my caring and loving support. May God give you comfort and strength through all the difficult days of missing Tara. With Sympathy & Love, Laurie Westby

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your amazing wife and mom. Elvis and Tara have created a beautiful legacy in those sweet, kind and strong daughters. We pray your memories will continue to comfort you on this journey. We pray for peace for the entire Rieger and Thumb families. With love, The Heglands

  3. Prayers for you and your family. You’ve got another guardian angel

  4. Elvis Jr and girls. May the memory of Tara live on forever in your hearts and lives along with all the other people she had impacted. May the God of peace give you strength through this most difficult time. Love and prayers. Pat and Laurie

  5. My heart breaks for your family. Losing a child no matter the age is probably the hardest thing you’ll ever encounter in your lives. When we lost Andrea I didn’t know how I was going survive. All I can say but by the grace of God and the help of many people along the way I did survive and so will you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you journey through this difficult time. Know that you are loved and cared about.

  6. I was so very sorry to hear of Tara’s passing. She was a bright light in the world. May her love for you all give you comfort and strength in the days ahead. Love and prayers ~

  7. Elvis and Families: So sorry to hear of Tara’s passing, please know you and yours are in my prayers and hopefully, your memories bring you joy in this difficult time.

  8. Prayers and ((huggs)) from our family to yours.
    Think of all the wonderful memories that were created by such a wonderful person.

    Kathy Whetham Lesmeister
    Nicole and David Chenze and family

  9. I have appreciated Tara’s love and kindness my entire life. Through many hours spent hanging out with Shantel growing up, I was always made welcome at the Thumb house. I enjoy Tara’s beautiful flowers and landscaping every time I pass down Richter Ave. There have been countless waves and smiles exchanged over the years. My heart breaks for Elvis, the girls, and all the friends. Sending love and hugs to all who miss her already.

  10. So sorry for your loss she was a wonderful person

  11. My deepest condolences go out to Elvis and the girls at the loss of a wife and mother. Sounds like they were very close. To Dave & Karen, I cannot even imagine the grief of losing a child, but if you close your eyes and picture her, you will find that she is right there in your hearts! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. Tara had such a beautiful, kind soul. She was always there for anyone and helped when she could! She will be forever missed! Love, comforting hugs, and peace to all her family from ours.

    Scott & Kerri Collette and family

  13. So very sorry to hear of Tara’s passing. She will be missed by many! May your precious memories help you through the difficult days and embrace your heart. My sincere sympathy and prayers to her family.

  14. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. May the Holy Spirit shower you with peace & comfort. Jesus is taking care of Tara. We planned to come to the funeral but the weather had other plans. Again please accept our condolences.

  15. Karen and Dave, Dana, Bryan and to her husband and daughters, I am truly sorry for y’all’s loss. Losing anyone we love is so very hard. Thoughts and prayers to you all through this difficult time.

  16. I’m heartbroken to hear of Tara’s passing. She was such a loving, kind lady who loved everyone, especially her husband and children. She will truly be missed.


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