The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

June 2, 2013

Henry Tanski


Star Beacon

GENEVA — On Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2013, Henry Tanski passed away peacefully in his home, on his farm in Geneva.

Henry was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 28, 1922. Shortly afterward, his family bought the farm and vineyard and moved to Geneva, where he resided most of his life.

He helped his father work the farm and then took it over following his death. Henry also worked at Rockwell International in Ashtabula, retiring in 1980 after 32 years of service. He was a proud member of the United Auto Workers Union.

Henry enjoyed working his vineyard, especially at harvest time, when he sold his grapes from a small roadside stand. He had the same “customers” for decades, and some would drive several hours to get their grapes from him. He also loved his dogs, and they all felt a special bond with him. But more than anything else, Henry loved spending time with his grandchildren, whether it meant a trip to Disney, fishing or just a tractor ride around the farm. 

Like most men of his generation, Henry was very proud of his military service during World War II. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1945, a member of Company F, 156th Infantry Regiment. His unit assisted other units train for the D-Day invasion. Later, his company was assigned to Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, handpicked to provide personal security for General Dwight Eisenhower. In later years, they thought of themselves as “Ike’s Boys.” 

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; parents, Richard and Catherine Temky; sisters, Florence Wick and Janet Temky.

He is survived by his children, Paula (Jeffrey) Kalina of Little Rock, Ark., Diane (David) Bartolic of Transfer, Pa. and Henry (Karen) Tanski of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Laura, Matthew, Sara, Nicholas and John; great-granddaughter, Karenna; and sisters, Celia Pawlowski of Orwell and Helen Karmansky of Geneva.

The family wishes to extend most sincere thanks to Rae-Ann Rehabilitation Facility, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Dennis Karmansky, and especially, Ed Brenwald, who was always there, in good times and bad.

Henry asked that there be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 5th, at the Assumption Church, 594 W. Main St., Geneva, Ohio, with Fr. Melvin Rusnak presiding. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or the Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org. Arrangements handled by WALKER FUNERAL HOME in Geneva.

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