Joan Grace Tenner died in Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Covenant Hospital. Born May 29, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA, she was raised there one of seven children by her parents Elizabeth and Clement Schneider who both preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Betty Jane Hauck and brother Edward Schneider.
Shortly after graduating from Mount Alvernia HS she married beloved husband of 68 years, Thomas E. Tenner, July 3, 1948. Tom survives Joan along with their five children, Thomas Tenner, Jr. and wife Linda, Andrea Tenner and husband Tom Poulos, Mary Tenner, Carol Augustine and husband Webster, Cliff Tenner and wife Arlene; 14 beautiful grandchildren (Andrea, Laura, Natalie, Nicole, Jason, Tom, Ashley, Kristin, Michael, Lauren, Angela, Thomas, Aaron and Teresa) and two precious great granddaughters (Clare and Calista). She was the "adopted" mother of the St. Anthony's HS Class of 1967; her sons, one and all.
Some may simply categorize Joan as an ordinary house wife and mother but there was nothing ordinary about Joan Tenner. May Queen at Mt. Alvernia her senior high school year, she was editor of the school newspaper, poet and actress in school plays. A fun practical joker and self-acclaimed "frustrated actress" her famous portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West delighted her children, grandchildren and neighbors. This inspired her unpublished Halloween stories written for grandchildren featuring Grandma and her "delicate secret". Joan was a "humbler poet" publishing two volumes of poetry, Consider the Humbler Poet, 1979 and Journey Through Thistles and Time, 1984. Joan volunteered for years at Barnes and Noble as seasonal characters for their monthly "children's hours". She dabbled in canvas and paints but mainly on bedroom walls and outside house trimmings. An avid master bridge player, she taught her children when they became old enough to hold thirteen cards and many friends and neighbors. Her life was an inspiration of strength and determination, of love and care, of stability and consistency, of richness without wealth, of fun with dignity, wisdom with common sense and respect and acceptance.
Memorial services are pending at this time.