Anna Catherine Tyler
Anna Catherine Tyler
BRATTLEBORO — Anna Catherine “Shirley” Tyler, 89, of Brattleboro, died Friday morning, July 18, 2014.
Born on February 1, 1925, to parents Frank and Anna (Delohery) Hubner in Brewster, New York, Shirley was raised in Danbury, Connecticut. She moved to Chesterfield, N.H. in 1936, and was a 1943 graduate of Brattleboro High School.
Shirley graduated from Keene Teacher’s College (now Keene State College) with a teaching degree in elementary education, and was proud to be inducted as a member of Kappa Delta Pi. After student teaching in Keene, her first teaching assignment was fifth grade in Concord, New Hampshire. Also during her teaching career, Shirley worked as a substitute teacher at Canal Street School and Brattleboro Junior High School.
On June 21, 1947, at All Souls Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, she married her high school sweetheart, Frederick “Fred” Tyler.
While raising their five children, she was very active with the Brattleboro Parent Teachers Association. Her love of education and dedication to the children of Brattleboro continued as she served for numerous years on the Brattleboro Town School Board, Brattleboro Union High School Board, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) board. Governor Richard Snelling appointed her to the Vermont State Board of Education. Additionally, Shirley served on the Vermont State Lottery Commission, and on the Town of Brattleboro Finance Committee.
Shirley was well known for her baking and cake decorating skills, and even had a cake decorating business, which provided special occasion cakes for many families. She was proud to have made each of her children’s wedding cakes. She took great pride in her home and was active for many years with the Brattleboro Home Demonstration Group. Never an idle person, Shirley also enjoyed ceramics, painting with oils, photography and travel. She most cherished her trips to Ireland, Scotland and Wales with her husband.
She was a faithful and devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, whose life centered around her family.
Besides her husband of 67 years, she leaves three daughters, Kate Tyler of Westminster, Deborah Tyler of Brattleboro and Martha Tyler Gouger and her husband, Jeffrey, of Brattleboro; one son, Brian Tyler and his wife Jill of Brattleboro; one brother, Paul Hubner, Sr. and his wife Donna, of Chesterfield; and a sister, Cynthia “Cindy” Clark, and her husband Edward of Guilford.
She is also survived by ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by one son, Kevin, a grandson, Joshua Kistler, one brother, Frank Hubner, Jr., and two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Whitehouse and Jean Hubner.
A memorial service will be conducted at a future date. Memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to the Brattleboro School Endowment, PO Box 2534, Brattleboro, VT 05303; Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05301; or Brattleboro Fire Department, Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence to the Tyler family, please visit www.atamaniuk.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.