Helen M. Burnside Tannehill

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Helen M. Burnside Tannehill, 100, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013, in Roberts Health Center, North Kingstown, R.I. She resided previously in Seasons Assisted Living Facility, East Greenwich, R.I., for six years after relocating from Canonsburg in 2006 to be near her daughter, Patricia Quigley and family.


She was born April 25, 1912, on Manifold Road in Washington, a daughter of the late Joseph and Eva Weishner. She was one of 11 children, nine brothers and a sister.


Deceased are brothers Joseph, Gus, George, William, Stanley, Charles, Richard and John; a sister, Anna; and her husbands, George Dickson Burnside Sr., who died January 1, 1959, and James S. Tannehill, whom she married in July 1968 and who died in 1971.


Mrs. Tannehill married George Dickson Burnside in 1937. They lived and operated the Burnside dairy farm on the outskirts of Canonsburg and had two children, George Dickson Jr. and Mary Patricia, who survive.


Also surviving are five grandchildren, Denise, Robert, Susan, Scott and Sean; three great-grandchildren, Jesse, Annie and Cole; and a brother, Anthony of Canonsburg.


She was actively involved in many activities that were important to her, including arts and crafts at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, Millers Run Grange, 4-H club and volunteering for 30 years at Canonsburg General Hospital.


Mrs. Tannehill celebrated her 100th birthday at Seasons Assisted Living facility in April 2012, which included a citation from Gov. Chafee and an interview by a reporter from the local newspaper. Her comment on being asked what her secret to longevity was, as she replied in her gentle way and with a smile, “Just keep busy.”


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 164 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317, 724-745-5810. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, 112 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA. Burial will be in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please view or add a tribute at www.beinhauer.com.


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