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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Edith M. Tanner
April 23, 1916 - October 19, 2017

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Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - Presentation B. V. M. Church - 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 - 215-379-1364 - Map
Cemetery - Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038 - 215-247-0691 - Map
Family Florist - Schmidt’s Florist - 700 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-745-6234 - Map
Donation - SPIN - 10501 Drummond Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 - 215-613-1000 - Map

The following tribute was lovingly composed by Edith’s family.

Edith M. Tanner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Holy Redeemer Hospital Hospice. She was 101 years old. Edith was born April 23, 1916 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Bernardo Bonardi and the late Barbara Bonardi (nee - Zaroni). She is the beloved wife of the late Payton F. Tanner; mother of the late Payton F. Tanner, Jr. and his wife Linda, Walter Tanner and his wife Florence, Joyce Reutlinger and her late husband Paul, Cheryl Fitzpatrick and her husband Michael, and the late John Tanner; grandmother of Catherine Tanner, the late Walter Tanner, Jr., Kristen Reutlinger, Josh Mailey and his wife Rebecca, Matthew Mailey and his wife Wendy Ramirez, Michelle Fitzpatrick, and Nicole Fitzpatrick and her partner Nick Losacco. She is also survived by her many great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren.

In loving memory of Edith Tanner, a woman who will forever be known as the best mom and grandma anyone could ask for. The memory of her beautiful, joyous smile and the sound of her comforting voice will always warm our hearts. Going to grandmas was always something to look forward to. Her recipes, along with the memories of watching her cook and eating her food, will live on through her children and grandchildren for years to come.

She loved animals of all kinds, but had a special interest in birds and would sprinkle stale bread in her yard just for them. She especially loved her cat, Oreo, who just so happened to make it to Heaven just weeks before her. She loved children and spent years helping those with special needs. She was an amazing mom to all her children, but especially Johnny who needed her extra special love. Even after the loss of her husband, youngest son, and then oldest son, her strength and tenacity never wavered. She is and always will be an inspiration to us all. Anyone who has ever met her knows the special kind of woman she was. A funny, kind, sometimes shy but always strong, beautiful lady.

In the end, she left this world surrounded by love, the aroma of Italian food and the calming voice of Dean Martin serenading our beloved Aida “Edith” Marie Bonardi Tanner. It was a peaceful and beautiful way to say goodbye to an amazing woman.

We will miss you and love you forever.

Goodnight, Sweetheart.


A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we're together again

–Author unknown

Relatives and friends were invited to her viewing on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. at Presentation B. V. M. Church, 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012. Her graveside service followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038.

Religious services were conducted by Fr. William S. Harrison, Pastor of Presentation B. V. M. Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to SPIN, 10501 Drummond Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.

Family flowers arranged by Schmidt’s Florist 215-745-6234.

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