Susan Kaanta
Sue Kaanta, 65, died June 20, 2010, in Seward of abdominal cancer.

A celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. today at her home in Seward. A special moment of remembrance is planned at 7 p.m.

She was born April 10, 1945, to Melida "Mel" and Eugene "Gene" Kaanta in Anacortes, Wash. She was the only child of two only children. Both of her parents emigrated from Finland.

Sue graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications in 1967. She moved to San Francisco in 1968 and worked in advertising for Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn for several years. Thereafter, she had a variety of jobs, detailing boats, bookkeeping, and working for temporary office placement centers until moving to Alaska in 1977.

In Anchorage she found work with Dynamic Realty and served as an in-house advertising consultant for five years. During this time Sue took trips to Spain and Finland, and sailed the Tahitian islands.

Sue moved to Seward in 1982. She went to work as an offshore bull cook for Stateside Catering before being hired by Amoco Oil Co. as a roustabout. She worked on oil platforms for five years, then quit the oil field in 1988 to sail south in her boyfriend's sailboat. They sailed the Pacific Coast and Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Sue returned to Seward and worked for the City of Seward Harbormaster's office until taking early retirement in 1999.

She traveled to Italy, India, New Zealand and Africa. Sue started a summer home rental business in Seward in 2008 and purchased her own 38-foot motorboat in 2009. She enjoyed bringing her boat up the Inside Passage from Seattle to Alaska last summer, with friends serving as crew.

Sue loved the saltwater and had the privilege of boating all her life. As a child she sailed the San Juan Islands near her home in Anacortes. She was a founding member of the Kenai Fjords Yacht Club in Seward and was active in the promotion of the Mariners' Memorial, yet to be constructed. She loved to dance and to travel, and made lasting friendships around the world. Sue's intelligence and zest for life inspired those who knew her. She never married.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Mel and Gene Kaanta.

She is survived by second cousins in Texas and Everett, Wash.

Memorials may be made to the 2003 Seward Centennial Mariners' Memorial Fund, account 70339098, First National Bank, P.O. Box 69, Seward 99664.

Published by Anchorage Daily News from Jul. 1 to Jul. 5, 2010.
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I will miss your sweet spirit and love of life, you brought much love and friendship to myself and parents Capt. and Mrs Jack Johnson and was a joy at the parties my parents would host. May you rest in peace,Sue.
Teresa Sellards
July 29, 2010
I remember all the love and laughter she had whenever she came to my parents home to attend the special parties they had and she was always full of life and to share her stories of advetures,I know my parents Capt and Mrs Jack Johnson and I will miss her very much she was a joy to have in the home and lots of fun to be around. On behalf of my parents and rest in peace Sue.
Teresa Sellards
July 29, 2010
Goodbye My Dear friend.
Since the mid 70"s It has been my honor to have counted you as one of those rare freinds for life. I have known you to be a writter, a bullcook, a roustabout, a gourmet, a mariner and always a class act. You were truly a FInnish Princess.You are truly missed here.
July 17, 2010
So many good times shared with Sue. She was one who made those school years in Anacortes the best.
Know that she will be missed where ever her life touched.
Char (Vincent) Burrill
July 12, 2010
I knew her from Anacortes Schools growing up. She was always a kind person. I'm sorry that she haver married or had children, but it looks like she had a full and exciting life with friends and travel. I know she will be missed by all who knew her. You've traveled just about everywhee else Sue, now you get to return home and be with your Father in Heaven and your Earthly parents and brother. I'm sujre your mom and dad have missed you and are welcoming you home at last. You learned about everything here on Earth, now you know how to fly with the angeles.
Marilyn (Ginnett) Rowley
Marilyn (Ginnett) Rowley
July 11, 2010
I remember how kind Susan always was to any and all--I'm sure she will be missed.
Lynda Foote Larsen
Marysville, WA
July 9, 2010
Good bye Sue from those of us whose lives have been enriched with the pleasure of knowing you. As you enjoyed your life, enjoy the ultimate freedom devoid of earthly bounds.
Lynda Wickberg Cole
July 8, 2010
I remember with fondness our family boating outings in the San Juans with the Sue and her parents, a highlight of my young life. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, it can happen so suddenly.
Gary Erickson
July 8, 2010
I always loved her competitive spirit in our math and science classes. Will miss her at our reunions but know she will be there.............

My warmest condolences to her family and loved ones.
Jim Wartchow
July 8, 2010
Suzy was my other big sister. I have so many wonderful memories of her and was in total awe of her when I was a child. She took me frog hunting, rope swinging in the gully, made cardamon buns, told me to be proud that I was tall, our birthdays were 1 day and 10 years apart. She had a jar of special things and would let me pick one out when we went "up the hill"to visit. So many boating trips with our families and friends. Trips to Aberdeen and her grandparents. She was a wonderful example for me and I will always hold a special place for Suzy and her parents. Love you Suzy! I'll miss you.
Lynn Isaacson
July 6, 2010
We will miss your wonderful sperit and gentle kindness. Richard and Vicki Seigel,
Richard & Vicki Seigel
July 4, 2010
I would like to thank you folks in Seward for thinking of us, friends of Sue’s growing up in down south past and giving us such sad news. Enclosed is a picture of how I remember growing up boating in the San Juan Island with her parents – me and Gene Kaanta – our god parents.

I’m Jake Cheney and my sister Janet and brothers Steve and Capt. Scott Cheney send regards. Lift a drink in the air for Sue and her Cheney friends.


Jake Cheney
Jake Cheney
July 4, 2010
In loving memory of a wonderful person. You will always live within the hearts of those who knew and loved you.
Nancy Peck-Kratzer
July 3, 2010
We love you!
Susan & Jeff
July 2, 2010
July 2, 2010
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