Louise F. Tanner Hart, 86, of 5809 Magnolia Road, died Tuesday July 30 in St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Pa., following a courageous battle with breast cancer.
A Chautauqua County resident most of her life, she was born April 24, 1927, in Stockton, daughter of the late John and Esther Kelly Tanner.
She was a 1945 graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School and attended Jamestown Community College where she obtained her LPN license.
Louise F. Tanner Hart
She was employed by Manor Oak Nursing Home from 1970 until its close in 2004, where she cared for patients as an aide and the last few years in the laundry department. Prior to that she was a loving, caring wife and mother in her home. She was a longtime member of Hurlbut Memorial Methodist Church, Lakewood American Legion, Mayville VFW and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. While her children were in school, she was an active home room mother, Girl Scout leader and member of Music Boosters. She was a fun loving, active and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend. You did not have to ask her for help-it was given with kindness and compassion. Louise was a happy woman with a quick wit that brought smiles and laughter to many - especially the wonderful staff at the Regional Cancer Center in Erie, Pa. With the help of Dr. Jan Rothman, his wonderful nurse, Sharon, and the many wonderful staff members, she was able to fight the cancer with humor and dignity. Louise enjoyed playing bingo and won her Toyota Camry at a game in Salamanca. Her license plate was BINGO15 - and was a source of jokes and fun. She enjoyed watching and feeding the birds, playing cards with her monthly card buddies and trips to the casino with her friends from Lakewood Rod and Gun. Her lifelong passion was her love for the New York Yankees. She never missed watching a game on TV and knew every player better than most sports announcers! In earlier years, she went to many of their games with her husband. She is survived by three daughters: Terry (Ron) Anderson, Jamestown, NY, Patsy (Morrie) Otander, Ashville, NY, and Laurie (Tom) Douglas of Mayville, NY. Seven grandchildren: Paula (Ken) Sloter, Zanesville, OH, Jenny (Judd) Clark, Galena, OH, Ryan Anderson, Berwick, PA, Chris Korby, Ft. Myers, FL, Michael Swanson, Stow, NY, Richie (Crystal) Swanson, Colorado Springs, CO, and Mindy (James) Swanson, Ashville, NY as well as 9 great-grandchildren: Ryan, Reece, and Jace Ruggerio, Riley, Jackson, Reagan, and Ethan Clark, MacKenzie Swanson and Dominick Crawford. One sister, Mary Jane Keller, and one brother, Richard Tanner. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Dick whom she married March 29, 1946 and who passed away July 28, 2001, as well as a brother Bill Tanner, and a sister Jean Warner. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Freay Funeral Home, Mayville. Rev. Dr. Paul Womack of Hurlbut Memorial Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Stockton Greenwood Cemetery, Stockton. Friends will be received Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505 or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701. To leave a condolence, log on to www.freayfuneralhome.com.