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Shannan Tabak

Shannan R. Tabak

Monday, June 26th, 1989 - Thursday, October 31st, 2019
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Tabak, Shannan Rose-Katherine - October 31, 2019 - Age 30 - Of Tonawanda. Adored daughter of Thomas and Sheryl (nee Usiak) Tabak. Beloved sister of Brian (Kelsey) and Kerri (Michael). Dear aunt of Natalie and Brooke. A fan of dancing to the Boss, eating chocolate and cuddling everything fuzzy. Shannan attended Heritage Education Program/The Arc Erie County throughout each of her 30 years. A Mass to celebrate her life will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 73 Adam St., Tonawanda, 14150 on Saturday, November 9 at 11 AM. (No Prior Visitation). Memorial gifts may be made in Shannan's mmemory to The Arc Erie County Education Program, 777 Maryvale Dr., Cheektowaga, NY 14225. A special thank you to all the caregivers and educator who touched her life. Arrangements by C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc. Please share condolences at
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    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Francis of Assisi Church
    73 Adam St.
    Tonawanda, NY
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Sheryl Tabak

Posted at 10:18am
Thank You Shannan:

- for being the Ultimate Educator. Without a Master’s Degree, and without even uttering a single word, you taught us more in your short lifetime than anyone else could possibly have done. You taught us the true meaning of unconditional love, patience, understanding and commitment.
- for your innocence and your courage.
- for showing us to never take ANYTHING for granted.
- for the joy we would feel when you would reward someone’s efforts with a warm contagious smile.
- for the calming pleasure we felt just by you grasping our finger or holding our hand.
- for the comfort we would feel when we would see the peacefulness on your face when you were tucked into bed.
- for introducing us to some very special people who would never be in our lives without you.
- for truly giving us sunshine on a cloudy day.
- for the indescribable feeling of calm and peace you could bring just from a snuggle.
- for unknowingly making us a stronger family unit.
- for letting us be part of your short, sweet life.



Mary Ann Gibney

Posted at 10:05am
To the Tabak family:
My heartfelt condolences to you at this very sad time. I had the absolute honor to care for Shannon since she was a little girl attending the the then Heritage Education Program. So often families thank us for all we do for their child and by extension their families but I can assure you your daughter gave to me so much more than I could ever have given her. To care for Shannon you could not help but learn: a sense of patience as she quietly waited while I figured her out; a sense of humor to not sweat the small stuff when there are so many other important things to worry about at any particular moment; a sense of contentment to just enjoy the quiet when it came; the true meaning of courage as I watched her soldiered through everyday, good and not so good, with grit and determination and without complaint. Thank you so much for trusting me to care for her. Your daughter brought me so much joy and I want you to know I am a better stronger person because I knew her. She was always a very special angel....she now has her wings!
With love and prayers,
Mary Ann Gibney
Arc Erie County (Heritage Education Program) Nursing

ashley gedra

Posted at 05:35am
I worked with and cared for Shannan for the past 5 years at her day program!! Shannan was a joy and her smile was contagious!! We miss her very much and we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to her family, it was always obvious how loved she was!!

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