Sister Gertrude “Trudy” Tanner, 78, died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.
She was born April 22, 1940, in Newark, Ohio, to Ivan and Esther Schlingerman Tanner.
She entered religious life in 1958, made profession in 1960 and professed her final vows in 1965. She received her bachelor's of arts from Ohio Dominican College in 1965 and taught at several Catholic schools in Ohio, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. In 1973, she earned her master's in education from the University of Dayton, in 1977 received her C.P.E. Certificate from Riverside Methodist Hospital and in 1982 her master's in pastoral ministry from Catholic University.
In 1984, she was named the associate director of rural religion education for the Archdiocese of Louisville. In 1988, she moved to Port Richey, Fla., where she was pastoral associate and director of Adult Catholic Formation for St. James the Apostle Parish. In 2007, she was named to the same position at St. Magdalen Parish in Bloomfield, Iowa. In 2013, she moved to Garden City, where she was instrumental in the opening of the Oasis of Peace Center in the spring of 2018, a place where trafficked women and their children could be safe.
She enjoyed bird watching, playing cards, classical music, theater and watching horse races. In her earlier years, she enjoyed playing tennis.
Survivors include two sisters, Marianne Lee of Newark, and Kathleen Marie Brooker of Pataskala, Ohio; and her Dominican Sisters of Peace sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William Eugene Tanner.
Vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Garden City. Funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Mark Brantley presiding. An additional Mass and burial will be at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Chapel and Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.
Memorials are suggested to the Dominican Sisters of Peace or Oasis of Peace, both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.