Marlene Tanner

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Marlene Ann Tanner

1933 - 2014 CLARKSBURG Marlene Ann (Mirke) Tanner, of 901 River Road, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at Sweetbrook Care Center. She was born in North Adams on May 16, 1933, daughter of Richard and Agnes (Moreau) Mirke. She attended local schools including Drury High School. Marlene was last employed as a cook for the clergy of local churches including Notre Dame, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Anthony's in North Adams, as well as Notre Dame/St. Thomas Aquinas in Adams. Prior to that, she worked as a sales clerk at the former Roberts Co., in the cafeteria at Clarksburg Elementary School, and assisted her husband in operating their family farming businesses, How Mar Farms and Tanner's Dairy. At her passing, she was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Marlene 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. Marlene also enjoyed spending time at the ocean especially York Beach, Maine. Her husband, Howard Tanner , whom she married Oct. 8, 1951, died on April 20, 2011. She is survived by her two daughters, Gayle Smith of Adams, and Debra Chesbro and her husband, Peter of Stamford, Vt.; her son, Bryan Tanner and his wife, Mary (Delisle) of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Shawn Smith and his fiance, 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, Martha (LaValley), Kyle Hurlbut and his wife, Sara (Lewis), and Kolin Hurlbut Sullivan-Bol and his husband, Ken Sullivan-Bol; three great-grandchildren, Braelyn Kelly, Dakota Hurlbut, and Jack Tanner, and two step-great-grandchildren, Jackson and Jenna Sullivan-Bohl. She also leaves one brother, Richard Mirke and his wife, Sharon of Clarksburg, nieces and nephews and her longtime companion and friend, Louis Casuscelli of North Adams. Marlene was predeceased by her sister, Verna Petri, and by her son-in-law, Raymond Smith (Gayle). FUNERAL NOTICE: Services for Marlene Tanner will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPELS, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 5, 2014
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