Margaretta M. Tanner
COLUMBUS — Margaretta Marie Tanner, 94, passed away late Sunday, May 4, 2008, at First Community Healthcare Center, after a brief illness.
She was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, on June 1, 1913. She graduated from St. Francis High School in Newark, and lived for many years in Mount Vernon, where she worked as a machinist at Cooper Bessemer during World War II. She had been featured in the Mount Vernon News as one of the remaining “Rosie the Riveters” from the era. As she raised her family, she was often employed as a seamstress. Her skills were most recently put to use in stitching vestments and baptismal cloths for St. Leonard Catholic Parish in Heath.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Marguerite Ruple; loving husband of 43 years, Theodore Tanner; daughter, Joan (Herb) Dube; brother, Charles (Catherine) Ruple; sisters, Jean Rodabaugh and Sally (Don) Crouse; brothers-in-law, Oscar Stoll, Bruce Benedict and Galen Rodabaugh, M.D.
She is survived by son, Michael (Martha) Tanner of Hilliard; sisters, Myra Stoll of Granville and Rosemary Benedict of Rochester Hills, Mich.; grandsons, Jean-Guy Dube, Tom Dube, Chad (Leslie) Tanner, Brandon Tanner; stepgranddaughters, Kelly (Chad) Birkas, Jill (Barak) Grass; great-grandson, Jacob Chiampo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In keeping with her generous nature Margaretta donated her remains to the OSU Department of Anatomy for educational and research purposes. Family will receive friends Friday, May 9, at 9:15 a.m. at St. Leonard Catholic Church in Heath, followed by a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m.