Obituary of Matilde C. (Cortes) Tanner

MATILDE C. (CORTES) TANNER - of Woburn, September 13th, at eighty-seven years of age. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Tanner. Devoted mother of Jorge Veloza of Columbia, Victoria Cortes Ramirez of FL, Miriam Cortes of Columbia, Nancy Tanner of Woburn and James Tanner, his wife Darcy of Woburn. Loving grandmother of Adam, Zachary and Daniel Tanner, Carolina Veloza as well as two great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, September 15th, at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Remembrances may be made in Matilde's honor to Brookhaven Hospice, c/o CHA Foundation, 500 Faulconer Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

OBITUARY

Matilde C. (Cortes) Tanner passed away at the Bedford Arbor Assisted Living Facility, in Bedford NH, early Wednesday, September 13th. The beloved wife of the late Ronald Tanner, she was eighty-seven years of age.

Born in Bogota, Columbia, Matilde was one of several children born to Heliodoro and Anita Cortes. Raised in Columbia, Matilde was sponsored in 1960 to come to America and took up residence here in Somerville when she was in her late twenties. Several years later she brought her children here to live as she had established a home for them.

A truly hard worker, Matilde took great pride in her work and there was never anything that she would not attempt to do and then master! While working, she met Ron. They began dating and a while later they married. They continued living in Somerville and then bought a home in East Woburn in the early seventies, where they settled right in.

Matilde had gone on to Bunker Hill Community College where she was introduced to Laboratory Techniques. With that knowledge, she secured herself a position at Mass General Hospital and for the next forty years remained there as a Laboratory Assistant. She was a very dedicated employee who gave over a hundred percent each and every day. Matilde did not have a driving license until her early fifties. So instead of being dropped off and picked up each day in Boston at MGH she got herself a little car and for over the next twenty years she drove herself in and out of the city.

Her home was where everything took place. Matilde loved her family and paid great attention to the details of her home. Every year her yard was phenomenal! From beautiful flowers to the wide array of vegetables, tomatoes, and herbs, it was incredible and something she really enjoyed doing.

Matilde and her husband were able to travel over the years and at the different times she went back to her roots in Columbia. She brought clothes for everyone! The family travelled to Nova Scotia almost every summer as this was a place where many, many happy memories were made. Matilde was also very active at the Woburn Senior Center, enjoying all of their various trips and day outings.

Having moved to America in her late twenties, Matilde was very proud to be an American citizen. Learning the English language, going to school, bringing her children over, securing her driverís license, devoting herself to her profession as a Lab Technician for over forty years, Maltide was an amazing woman. Her love for family was above all else. As her grandchildren arrived she became a very significant part of their lives and shared very special relationships with them. She loved cooking for them and however she made her white rice, Grandmaís was the best ever!

A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Matilde lived a life that was full. Her love, dedication and determination to be all that she could be of her life came to fruition. All that she gave in this world came right back to her, two fold.

Sadly, Matilde was predeceased by her husband Ronald Tanner. She is lovingly survived by her children, Jorge Veloza of Columbia, Victoria Cortes Ramirez of FL, Miriam Cortes of Columbia, Nancy Tanner of Woburn and James Tanner and his wife Darcy of Woburn, her sister Gilma Luna and husband Miguel of Columbia and her grandchildren Adam, Zachary and Daniel Tanner, Carolina Veloza as well as two great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, September 15th, at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. prior to the Service. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Remembrances may be made in Matilde's honor to Brookhaven Hospice, c/o CHA Foundation, 500 Faulconer Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903.