Tanya Ann (Hepworth) Storti
1948 ~ 2013
With the recent passing of Tanya Storti, the City of Boise lost one of its most outstanding, adored and compassionate citizens. Tanya passed away in her sleep in the early morning hours of Monday, October 14, 2013 in her home surrounded by those she loved most, her husband Craig and three sons Tyler, Jack and Jeff.
Tanya was born in 1948 in Pocatello to John and Donna Hepworth. After a stint in Salt Lake City, where her father attended law school, Tanya spent the bulk of her childhood in Buhl, Idaho. Though always exceptionally intelligent and a capable student in the traditional school subjects, Tanya tended to focus more of her energy on social endeavors and the arts, especially playing the piano. She further refined her considerable social skills as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho, where despite never missing an opportunity for fun (and occasionally innocent mischief), she earned a degree in English. She forever cherished the lifelong friends and array of memories she made while in Moscow and as a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.
Following graduation, Tanya sought adventure in San Francisco, where she worked at a law firm. She returned to Idaho a couple years later and spent several years as a popular young teacher in Rupert, Idaho. It was during this time that she reconnected with Craig Storti, with whom she had been acquainted back in Buhl. The two married in 1972 and remained best friends and completely in love for 41 years. Craig made her heart flutter. Before settling in Boise to raise their children, the newlyweds (accompanied by Clarence, their first "child" and first of the several basset hound puppies to join the family in subsequent years) lived in multiple locations on both coasts while Craig fulfilled his service as a Captain in the Marine Corps. Many of the geographically and culturally diverse people they met during those years remain close friends today.
For the last 40 years, Tanya and Craig have made Boise their home, and that is where together they undertook achieving their highest priority in life - raising three sons. Her boys were her biggest source of pride and her greatest accomplishment.
Being a wife and mother are two areas where Tanya truly shined. As the oldest of four children, she helped raise her younger sister Janet and brothers Charlie and Jeff, especially after the premature loss of their mother to cancer. During that time, she and Craig hosted every holiday and they also opened their home for varying periods of time to Tanya's brothers, and often their friends. Among other things, those visits produced lasting memories and some epic games of Pinochle, in which Tanya's competitive streak and unmistakable cackle reached legendary status, and where many (mostly) unfounded accusations were cast that Tanya was employing some of her dearly departed grandma Nana's questionable strategies and score keeping. Many similar card games and athletic competitions followed the extended family to their cabin on the lake in McCall and to the slopes of Sun Valley, where Tanya always held her own and relished the quality time with family amidst the breathtaking scenery.
Despite going to night school to earn her Master's degree (with nearly straight A's) in psychology from the College of Idaho, Tanya never missed her boys' basketball games, soccer matches, golf tournaments and other activities. All along, Tanya maintained close contact with an extraordinary group of friends (the "Hogs") the members of which have been inseparable and continually supportive and nurturing for decades. While raising her sons, Tanya filled the little free time she had with a voracious appetite for books, an occasional session at the antique piano handed down through the Hepworth family, and lots of competitive and recreational tennis. She also was at the helm for a successful "Follies" production on behalf of the Junior League of Boise.
When the kids left the nest, Tanya undertook what became a years long series of home re-decorating efforts (including a rather notable "gold period"), continued her tradition of throwing fantastic parties, and dove headfirst into becoming an avid gardener widely known for her prized tomatoes. Though their children's educational and professional careers spread them to various locations across the nation, Tanya and Craig have enjoyed countless family get togethers in and out of state for holidays and (more often) for no particular occasion whatsoever. Always a phenomenal cook herself, Tanya took the lead on such trips in experimenting with whatever exotic and gourmet cuisines were available.
Tanya accomplished all of the foregoing (and so much more), while also fighting breast cancer on three separate occasions each approximately 10 years apart. Each time, Tanya directly approached the disease with the tenacity, good nature and humor with which she tackled every aspect of her genuinely full life. She overcame intensive treatment regimens to conquer her cancer in the late 1980s and late 1990s, and took great pride in sharing her wisdom, experience and compassion with a number of other cancer patients who contacted her for advice. When the cancer re-surfaced in 2011 following a long overdue family golf trip to Scotland, she fought a brave and relentless battle for two years, during which she faced many incredible obstacles. Throughout, Tanya never once felt sorry for herself or made any excuses, and instead masked her constant pain and discomfort in order to ease the burden on her family and friends. Thankfully, her battle and her life came to an end absolutely on her terms and with her family by her side.
Tanya was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Maud "Nana" James, her parents John and Donna Hepworth, and Blossom (her second basset hound). She is survived by her sister Janet (Lynn) Askew and brothers Charlie (Margaret) Hepworth and Jeff (Leslie) Hepworth, her husband Craig, and sons Tyler (Natalie) Storti, Jack Storti and Jeff Storti, by numerous dear nieces and nephews, and by her third basset hound Norman.
Funeral services are scheduled for St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral, 518 N. 8th St. at 2 pm on Friday, October 18, 2013. Burial will follow at Morris Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that friends and family consider donations to the St Luke's Health Foundation or Saint Alphonsus Breast Care Center.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Tanya's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2013