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October 14, 2022
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It is with great sadness that the family of Daniel Kanter announce his peaceful passing at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital with his family by his side. He was six days away from his 95 th birthday, and we mourn his passing.
Daniel was born in Philadelphia, Pa, to Helen and Jack Kanter, and later moved to Plains, Pa when his widowed mother married Louis Weiss. Their blended family included his sister Rhoda Kanter Friedman, Betty Weiss Balter, and Sheldon Weiss, all of whom predeceased Daniel. Anyone who knew Dan knew that his family meant everything to him. He looked forward to family visits and celebrations and the food that went along with it.
Dan met the love of his life, Loraine Lila Kirshner, at Plains High School, where they began a love affair that spanned more than 7 decades. They raised their four children Marcia (George) Miller, Jack (Patricia) Kanter – both deceased, Barbara (Michael) Peisner, and Alan (Sharon) Kanter. Dan and Lila are doting grandparents of seven grandchildren: Rachel (Michael), Emily (Eric), Sam, Aaron, Jeff (Anais), Gabrielle, and Jack, and two great grandchildren (Jackson and Parker). He has many nieces and nephews.
After serving in the army, Daniel worked for American Furniture until he joined his father in Weiss Market grocery store in Plains. He and his wife Lila later opened Kanters’ Fruit Basket store in Kingston. Dan took great pride in his creative and artful fruit basket arrangements.
Daniel was a member of Congregation Ohav Zedek, serving for many years on the Board as Treasurer and Chairman of the Cemetery Committee. He regularly attended services at the Luzerne Orthodox Synagogue, often setting up the kiddushes. He served in various leadership roles at the Men’s Club at the Jewish Community Center, and especially enjoyed his role finding speakers for meetings. He also volunteered with the American Heart Association, was a lifelong member of the Freemasons, and was a diehard Phillies fan. Dan loved to talk to people and made friends with everyone he came in contact with. He was always willing to help anyone with anything with a smile on his face.
Funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Ohav Zedek Cemetery, 500 Chestnut Street, Hanover Township. Arrangements under the care of the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Inc. www.RosenbergFuneralChapel.com
Shiva will be observed at the Kanter home on Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00, and on Friday from 1:00 to 3:00.
Memorial donations may be sent to Ohav Zedek Synagogue, the Men’s Club at the Jewish Community Center, the American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice.