Gertrude Bartlett

Gertrude Tanner Bartlett

Monday, November 13th, 1916 - Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Gertrude Tanner Bartlett, 103, of Syracuse, passed away on Monday, at home. She was born on a farm south of Marcellus, NY. Route 20 was a dirt road back then. In Dec 1916, Gertrude, an infant, pitched into a snowbank when the family sleigh crashed while coming down Lord's Hill Road.
She was a descendant of the King and Rice families of Otisco. She would tell stories about the children roller skating around the chimney in the attic and sliding down the banister. She'd tell the mystery of the pickled beets in the summer kitchen.
In 1933, Gertrude, married Guy E Tanner of Syracuse. She served on many committees and boards. She became President of Crouse Auxiliary and of Syracuse Federation of Women's Clubs. In 1965, she was named “Woman of Achievement for Community Service” by the Post Standard. She won election to the Syracuse Board of Education.
For many years, she enjoyed life in Florida. After Guy died, she married Bill Bartlett, an Air Force veteran. They moved back to the Syracuse area.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Jodele who was age 30, her sister Lula who was age 101, her husband Guy Tanner, and her husband Bill Bartlett.
She is survived by her son, Thomas N. (Eileen) Tanner, and son-in-law, Jack (Maureen) DeValk. She has grand and great grandchildren in the Tanner, DeValk, Anderson, and O'Keeffe families.
Services and burial will be private for the family
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of CNY
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Wanda Benigno

Posted at 11:58am
When Gertrude married my Uncle Bill she became my Aunt Gert. Whenever I traveled from Nebraska to visit my mom, Helen Bartlett Sherman, we’d stop by to visit Uncle Bill and Aunt Gert. My mom who lived in Marcellus stopped by almost weekly to see them. When my mom passed away in 2010, I missed our phone calls and I realized Aunt Gert probably missed her visits. I called Aunt Gert just to say hi and see how she was doing. Aunt Gert thought of my mom as a sister and we had such a nice chat that I’d call every so often. Our phone calls back and forth became more frequent and we’d talk about everything from politics to the weather. She always told me not to send our Nebraska snow her way. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Several years ago when I visited, she said, “I think I’m losing it.” I dismissed that thought with, “You’re still sharp as a tack!” Her quick response: Which end?! I was like, “Good one, Aunt Gert!” When we ended our phone calls she frequently said, “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!” And I’d say, “Thanks!!” like that gave me a lot of leeway and she’d chuckle as she hung up. What it gave me was a warm feeling in my heart and a reminder of my own mom. I am so glad I got to know her better in the last few years. I will miss her. She was such an inspiration for how to live life by adjusting your attitude. She’d voice a negative thought and then move on to a more positive view. I am so very happy to have known her. My heart goes out to her family and friends. May we continue to be inspired by her. -Wanda Benigno

Maureen Angarano Conte

Posted at 12:03am
Dear Tom and family, I have fond memories of your mom and dad and Jodele through our growing-up years on Hickok Ave. Your mom was an important part of the Huntington School Mother's Club. She and my mom, Helen Angarano, would often meet "across the street" for chats. Her obituary shows she had a very long and full life, with the sadness of losing a child and the joy of having a wonderful extended family through the years. May she rest in eternal peace and may your fondest memories of her keep her always in your hearts.
Maureen Angarano Conte
Fairfax, VA

Kevin DeValk

Posted at 10:26pm
The picture with the small child is of my grandmother, Mrs. Bartlett, with my daughter, who is only 19 months old. We had the pleasure of visiting my grandmother often during her last year of life, and Ruth's infectious smiles brought much joy to my grandmother - especially when she needed to be cheered up the most. Ever the teacher, Grandma taught her how to count to three! That moment, like so many others, were spontaneous, and made the drives up from Corning always such a pleasure.

John "Jack" DeValk

Posted at 08:33pm
1. Back then, the cutter was pulled by a horse named Barny.
2. Mystery of the disappearing pickled beets - it was a scheme done by the children.
3. Edna left the farm with her girls Lula & Gertrude. Lived in different area places where Edna taught school.
4. See picture of where Gertrude's mother was born in 1896. Gertrude's grandmother was born in Otisco in 1854.

Janice OKeeffe

Posted at 08:30pm
I'll remember Grandma was always a great listener and gave good advice to help others. She believed that a good sense of humor was key to being happy. Fun memories include Grandma riding her 3 wheel adult tricycle, orange trees & alligators in her yard in FL, going to beaches in NY and to Disney World. As a child she played cards with my brother and I, complete with drinks and snacks. Additional enjoyable card games when I was a young adult visiting in Florida. To bring it full circle, my children played cards with Great Grandma at her home in DeWitt to keep her happy.

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