October 29, 2013
Sophia Marie (Wasatonic) Kantner died peacefully Oct. 29 at Our Lady of the Valley Assisted Living/Nursing facility, Roanoke, Va., at the age of 101 with her family close by.
Born in New Philadelphia, Feb. 10, 1912, she was the youngest daughter of Julia and John Wasatonic.
After completing the eighth grade, she went to work as a piece worker in a shirt factory in Pennsylvania until her marriage in 1938. She returned to piece work in a dress factory in 1957 until her retirement at age 65.
She and her husband, Theodore, a retired printer, enjoyed their small home in a rural setting in Hillside near Pottsville for many years. At the age of 90, she moved to Moneta to alternate living with her son, Theodore, and her daughter, Cecile, and their spouses.
Her life was focused on her loving husband, her family and extended family, her wonderful neighbors in Hillside and her many friends. She also enjoyed travels to Europe and Eastern Europe and several trips to California and Texas to visit family. Her family will always treasure the memory of her love, her kindness and the joy she took in the many experiences life had to offer.
Sophia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Constance and John; sisters, Anna and Mary; and her loving husband of 49 years, Theodore S. Kantner.
She is survived by sons, Theodore Kantner, M.D., and his wife, Mildred, Moneta, Va.; and Edward Kantner and his wife, Margaret, Hagerstown, Md.; daughter, Cecile Roberts and her husband, Terry, Moneta; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces.
A funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Calvary Chapel at Calvary Cemetery, Hillside Road, Pottsville, followed by procession at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to the place of committal. Oakey's Funeral Home assisted the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Theodore S. and Sophia M. Kantner Scholarship at Schuylkill Campus of Penn State University or to Catholic Charities or Good Samaritan Hospice of Roanoke, Va.