Mary Veronica "Vicki" Tanner
05/19/1942 - 12/04/2019
Obituary for Mary Veronica "Vicki" Tanner
Mary Veronica “Vicki” Tanner, age 77, of Sparta passed away at Spectrum Health Butterworth on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 19, 1942 to Anthony and Mary (Fox) Gibbons. She was a graduate of Catholic Central High School, went on to get her college degree and was very proud of her long-term career as a teachers’ aide in special education. She married Bill Tanner in 1973 in Sparta and they enjoyed 46 years together, travelling to many places including one of Vicki’s favorite, Alaska. She was a nature and animal lover, with a special affection for wolves and German Shepherds. Vicki enjoyed living a healthy lifestyle and will be remembered by her family as being a kind, caring person who had a huge heart.
Vicki is survived, and will be greatly missed, by her husband, Bill; her children, Bill and Ingrid Tanner, Eric and Pam Tanner; granddaughters, Swenja Tanner and Theresa (Vincent) Palandro; nieces, Theresa (Dave) Pace and Kathy Young; nephews, Tom and Ed Gibbons, Steve and Dave Truax; grandnieces, Amber and Shaun, Marian and Johnathan; and grandnephews, Brian, Tom and Ed. She was preceded in death by her brother, Glen Gibbons and sister-in-law, Jean Truax.
Services for Vicki will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home with Pastor Phil Friedrick officiating. Family will meet friends for 1 hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00AM. Final resting place will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind at www.guidingeyes.org, Humane Society of West Michigan at www.hswestmi.org or HealthWell Foundation at www.healthwellfoundation.org (P.O. Box 220410 Chantilly, Va. 20153-0410).
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