Sunday, July 13, 2008

Grandpa's Obituary

John B. Tani
John Battista Tani

The family mourns the loss of their beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather John Tani. John Battista Tani was born May 4th, 1913 in Rimini Italy. He came to this country with his father Bruno Tani and mother America Tani and two brothers Frederick called Libero and Alberto. He sailed on a vessel named the Duca degli Abruzzi from Genoa, Italy, February 3rd to February 23rd, 1920 landing in New York’s Ellis Island. John died in Palm Beach County July 4th, 2008 at age 95 of natural causes.

John attended Washington School from 1920 until 1928, Isaac E. Young Jr. High from 1928 through 1930, and New Rochelle High School 1930 through 1933. John graduated in June of 1933. He worked as a barber in his father’s shop starting at age 15, during high school, and after graduation while attending City College of New York.

After high school and not wanting to be a barber, John applied for a sales job with Fuller Brush Company. John enjoyed sales. Actually John said it was like being in business for yourself, your own time, your own boss, and no one to dictate to you.

In 1933, after finishing high school, he met an attractive young girl through mutual friends. His courtship with Mary Ambrosio was on and off for a few years until the 25th of November 1937 when they decided to tie the knot. While living in New Rochelle, they had three daughters, Shirley, Jean, and Patricia. Upon moving to West Palm Beach, FL, they had a son, John, Jr..
In 1946, after vacationing in Florida, John and Mary decided to move the family from New Rochelle to West Palm Beach. The family settled in a home on Winter Street in the south west part of the city. John continued to work for Fuller Brush while in WPB, then, as a manager during a one year venture to Birmingham, Alabama, and back to Florida in Daytona Beach for four or five years. When the family moved back to WPB in about 1956, John was a district manager with Fuller Brush, but left Fuller Brush to work for Prudential Insurance Company. He retired from Prudential in 1977. John volunteered as a tax aide for AARP after working for H&R Block during the busy tax preparation months.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years Mary (Marie Antoinette) Ambrosio who was born December 22, 1915 in Motta Santa Lucia, province of Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy. Mary died December 11th, 1984 in West Palm Beach, FL. John and Mary resided at 2065 Carambola Road in the Lake Clarke Shores area from 1958 until 1985 shortly after Mary’s death. John then moved to Cresthaven.

John married Mary Gretchen, a long time friend of both John and his deceased wife on June 13, 1987. At that time, he became step-father to Mary Gretchen’s three children and became known as Papa John to their families.

John was active in the Knights of Columbus, a men’s Catholic service organization until 2004, and had an Honorary Lifetime Membership as a 4th Degree color guard. He also belonged to the Italian-American Club. As a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Palm Springs, FL, he served on the finance committee for 20 years. He enjoyed playing golf until a few years ago and was an avid bridge player and loved to dance up until his death.

John is survived by his four children Shirley Raymond (deceased husband, Ronald) of Miami, FL, Jean Soldo (husband, Mike) of Winter Haven, FL, Patricia Cox (deceased husband, William Lowman and present husband, Wes) of Lake Clarke Shores, FL and John Tani, Jr. (wife, Margaret) of Murray, Utah. Additional survivors include five Grandsons: Michael Raymond, William Lowman, Jr., Sean Soldo, John Tani III, and Christopher Tani; five Granddaughters: Mia Soldo Hanson, Paige Soldo Kaufmann , Debbie Lowman soon to be Debbie Hanifin, Sheri Lowman Escalante, Celeste Tani Weeks; four Great-grandsons: Samuel Hanson, William Tyler Lowman, John Tani IV, Alejandro Escalante; four Great-granddaughters: Lindsay Hanson, Emma Kate Lowman, Isabella and Liliana Weeks; a Step-son: Michael Gretchen of Metairie, Louisiana with wife and three children; two Step-daughters: Mary Kay Mandeville of Hobe Sound, FL with husband Jim and 2 children; and Margaret Hummel of Jacksonville, FL with husband Charlie and son in CA.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 10, 2008 from noon until 2:00 PM and from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, with a Wake Service to be held at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, July 11, 2008 at St. Luke Catholic Church, 2892 South Congress Avenue, Palm Springs, FL 33461 with the interment to follow at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Royal Palm Beach, FL

1 comment:

Mia Hanson said...

Not sure why I never knew about this site. I'm reading all of this with tears in my eyes. Whomever put this all together, I'm grateful.