Obituary: Kevin and Brenda Tanski, of Milford

The husband and wife, employees of the VA medical center in West Haven, died from injuries sustained in a car accident on Bridgeport Avenue.


Kevin M. Tanski, age 53, and his wife, Brenda L. (Rhoades) Tanski, age 51, of Milford, died at Bridgeport Hospital due to injuries sustained on Monday, February 11, 2013. Kevin died on February 12th and Brenda died on February 16th. 

They were the loving and devoted parents of Jeremy Puckett of Milford, Kevin M. Tanski, Jr. of New Haven, Jenny Tanski of Milford and Courtney Tanski of Milford; and grandparents of Shawn McAuliffe. 

They are also survived by Brenda’s mother, Luella Jameson of Toccoa, Georgia; Brenda’s two sisters and their husbands, Sandra and Barry Maher of Toccoa, Georgia and Bonnie and Ronald Heckert of West Haven; Kevin’s sister and husband, Carol and Jack Bruno of Stratford; Brenda’s two brothers and their wives, Harold and Kay Rhoades of West Haven and Douglas and Sharon Rhoades of Trail, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews. 

Kevin had been predeceased by his brother, Jack Kuchta. Brenda was born in Ayer, Massachusetts to Luella Middleton Rhoades Jameson and the late Harold Rhoades. 

Kevin was born in Bridgeport to the late Walter and Anna Bednar Tanski. He was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport. Kevin and Brenda were both employed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Haven. He was a biomedical engineer and Brenda was the program coordinator for the “My Health E Vet” program where she coordinated benefits for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:30 am DIRECTLY at Holy Name of Jesus Church with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. 

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tanski Children’s Trust, 162 Lee St., West Haven, CT 06516. 

Please visit www.pisteyfuneralhome.com to leave condolences online.

Krista February 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM
So very sad , my thoughts and prayers go out to this family .
Lori February 20, 2013 at 02:02 PM
So sad thank u for doing all u did for them :(
Taritha L. Middleton February 20, 2013 at 03:10 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends. So very sad.
C.S. February 20, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for their children, they look like such a wonderful couple in that photo. Peace and blessing to their family. So sad.
Nicole Vogl February 22, 2013 at 01:27 PM
A beautiful, caring, loving family, always friendly & doing for others. Always out walking together, gardening together..... we will miss our neighbors & friends. Love & prayers to the family, may they eventually find inner peace after such a hard loss.


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