Loretta Tanner

Loretta Barry Tanner

Friday, September 18th, 1914 - Thursday, December 6th, 2018
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Loretta Tanner
Longtime Warren Resident

Loretta Tanner, a longtime Warren resident, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2018 at Brandywine Assisted Living. Her beloved husband, Willis H. Tanner, died in 1992.

She was born September 18, 1914 in Waterbury, the daughter of Anna (Masterson) and James Barry. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School and Central Connecticut State Teacher’s College. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at UCONN. In 1946, she married Willis Tanner and together they would celebrate 46 years of marriage.

Loretta was a devoted teacher who touched many young lives. In the early years she taught in Warren, Bethany, Wolcott and Waterbury. She spent 29 years in the Litchfield School System at the Center School and Bantam School, before retiring in 1980. Loretta loved her students and always worked beyond the school day to ensure that her students achieved academic success. Her love of books and reading was passed on to her children, grandchildren and many students during her 39 year career.

Loretta was deeply devoted to her adopted town of Warren. She felt a deep responsibility to her community and served as “unofficial” secretary to her husband who was First Selectman for more than 30 years. She felt great pride when her first grandson was named Christopher Warren.

She is survived by a daughter, Pat and her husband, John Downes, of Sterling, MA; a son, Barry and his wife, Monique, of Doylestown, PA; her sisters: Marge Golger of Fairfield, and Eileen Wilke of Cheshire; 6 grandchildren; Kelly Tanner, Christopher Downes, Jennifer Tanner Brower, Carolynne Downes Noel, Ryan Curtiss and Sean Curtiss; 7 great-grandchildren: Emily, Dylan, Loa, Evan, Asher, Paul and Louis. A brother, Jimmy; a sister, Anne Balint; and a daughter, Kathryn Curtiss predeceased her.

The family would like to thank the people who took care of her at Brandywine Assisted Living for many years and also the people at VNA Northwest. A special thank you is extended to her devoted, longtime, personal aide, Judy Clark who lovingly cared for her for many years.

Loretta will be remembered most for her love of family, ever present smile and cheery personality. She will be dearly missed.

Family and friends may visit with Loretta’s family on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St Anthony of Padua Church, 49 South Street, Litchfield. Loretta will be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband and daughter in the Warren Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations, in her memory, be made to Warren Public Library, 15 Sackett Hill Road, Warren, CT 06754; Warren Volunteer Fire Co., 11 Sackett Hill Road; The Warren Historical Society, 50 Cemetery Road; or The Warren Land Trust, 50 Cemetery Road.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Monday, December 10th, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
    Rowe Funeral Home
    283 Torrington Road
    Litchfield, CT 06759
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Monday, December 10th, 2018 11:00am
    St. Anthony of Padua Church
    49 South Street
    Litchfield, CT 06759
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Rev. Robert F. Tucker
  • Interment

    Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 12:30pm
    Monday, December 10th, 2018 12:30pm
    Warren Cemetery
    50 Cemetery Road
    Warren, Connecticut 06754
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Debbie Engle Porter

Posted at 11:51am
I remember your mom and what a wonderful and kind lady she was. My deepest sympathy Patty, Barry and to your families. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Hank & Pauline Tanner

Posted at 07:02am
We are sorry for the passing of Loretta and remember her for the kind and caring person she was. Thinking about her being with her loved ones who passed before her makes her death at 104 years old a blessing for her.

dennis tanner

Posted at 09:48am
Condolences to Patty and Barry . She lived long time and will always be remembered by Town of Warren and many people that she touched during her life ....

Sally Lyons Wassell

Posted at 08:18am
Pat and Barry so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sally Lyons Wassell

Dan Dacey

Posted at 06:30pm
To all of Loretta Tanner family we wish our condolences and wishes of healing. Loretta was always a lady and I remember working for the town and her call for snow removal. May she rest in peace. She is in heaven and back with Willis.

Daniel Dacey and Joyce Keith

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