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Jane Ellen (Clement) Tanner, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023, at her home surrounded by her beloved daughters a day after her 80th birthday.

 She was born on January 8, 1943, in Hastings, to J. Stuart & Pauline (Gerlinger) Clement.

 Jane became a licensed Registered Nurse and graduated from Calvin College after High School.  She then went on the earn a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Pittsburgh State University & later achieved her Master’s in Education from Western Michigan University.  She worked for Porter Hills Home Care.  She loved being a nurse and being able to help and care for patients. 

 She married Warren Tanner on September 20, 2000.  He preceded her in death on August 4, 2019.

Jane loved gardening, canning, camping, fishing, sewing, knitting, crocheting and traveling. She will be best remembered by all the  love that went into her crafts, baking and cooking for friends and family. She found such joy in being able to pass along all she learned about nursing, gardening, cooking and mostly her hand made crafts. Her faith, while not showy, was always deep and strong. Through her active social life, she developed a strong network of lifetime friends that she cherished. She will be deeply missed by so many friends and family.

Jane is loved and survived by her three daughters, Denise (Glenn) Dykgraaf, Stephanie (Patrick) Collins and Karin (Jeff) Brown; grandchildren, Zoey, Daniel, Garret, Kristen, Chance, Skye, Ashton, Alec, Jeff Jr., Carly, Mikenna, and Alivia; two great-grandchildren, Jaxon & Kade; brother, John (Lori) Clement; sister, Mary (Greg) Guggamos.

 Visitation will be held from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue SE, Grand Rapids.  A Memorial Service will take place at 12:30 pm on Saturday, with refreshments to follow. 

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 Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Marilyn Kosters on January 15, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    My sincere sympathy to Denise, Stephanie, Karin and their family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jane’s goal was to make it to 80 which she did. I will really miss her, she was a very dear and close friend to me. We had many memories of working together at Metropolitan hospital and Porter Hills home care. Lots of laughs about those memories.
    Praying for God’s comfort and grace in the days and months ahead as you grieve for her.

  2. Sharon A Etheridge on January 16, 2023 at 11:49 am

    As Jane’s roommate at Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing, I send you my deepest sympathy in the death of your mother. She was a wonderful classmate. May God’s love surround you as you grieve her death.
    Sharon Etheridge

  3. Nancy & Judy Lechleitner on January 16, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Denise, Stephanie, Karin and all the family members, in the tremendous loss of our dear friend, Jane. She was a treasure from high school days right up until her passing.
    A strong woman of hope, courage, faith, wit & wisdom, positivity & joy — sunshine accompanied
    her whenever she visited our home! She left a beautiful legacy for all of us. Praying that you are
    surrounded by God’s comfort and strength at this difficult time. Nancy Lechleitner, and sister, Judy

  4. Peggy Merrill on January 21, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    Jane and I worked together at Porter Hills and what a wonderful and caring nurse she was . Her sense of humor and stories I so enjoyed. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of a beautiful lady .

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