Marlene Ann Tanner, 81CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Marlene Ann Tanner, 81, of 901 River Road died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Sweet Brook Care Centers in Williamstown.
Born in North Adams on May 16, 1933, daughter of Richard and Agnes Moreau Mirke, she attended local schools including Drury High School in North Adams.
Mrs. Tanner was last employed as a cook for the clergy of local churches including the former Notre Dame, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony's in North Adams, as well as the former Parish of Notre Dame-St. Thomas Aquinas in Adams. Prior to that, she worked as a sales clerk at the former Roberts Co. in North Adams, in the cafeteria at Clarksburg Elementary School and assisting her husband in operating their family farming businesses, How Mar Farms and Tanner's Dairy.
She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church and was a devoted mother and grandmother to her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends as well as sharing her talent for cooking and baking delicious treats. She also enjoyed spending time at the ocean, especially York Beach, Maine.
Her husband, Howard Tanner, whom she married on Oct. 8, 1951, died on April 20, 2011.
She leaves two daughters, Gayle Smith of Adams and Debra Chesbro and her husband, Peter, of Stamford, Vt.; her son, Bryan Tanner and his wife, the former Mary Delisle, of Clarksburg; a brother, Richard Mirke and his wife, Sharon, of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Shawn Smith and his fiancee, Christine DiLorenzo, Aimee Tanner Kelly and her husband, Preston, Kaci Hurlbut Howes and her husband, Bart, Amber Smith Didier and her husband, Jeremy, Daniel Tanner and his wife, the former Martha LaValley, Kyle Hurlbut and his wife, the former Sara Lewis, and Kolin Hurlbut Sullivan-Bol and his husband, Ken Sullivan-Bol; three great-grandchildren, Braelyn Kelly, Dakota Hurlbut and Jack Tanner; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Jackson and Jenna Sullivan-Bohl, nieces, nephews and her longtime companion and friend, Louis Casuscelli of North Adams.
Her sister, Verna Petri, and her son-in-law Raymond Smith predeceased her.
FUNERAL NOTICE — Services for Mrs. Tanner will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247.