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Kaner, Esther E.


Esther E. Kaner, 94, of Superior died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. SERVICE:11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Downs Funeral Home. Burial will be at Superior Hebrew Cemetery.

Published in the Duluth News Tribune on 9/8/2007.




Daily Telegram, The (Superior, WI) - September 7, 2007

Deceased Name: Esther E. (Bloomenthal) Kaner ,

consummate saleswoman, wife and mother who always put family first, died Wednesday night, Sept. 5, 2007. She was 94.

Esther was born in Superior and grew up in the back of her parents' long-gone tailor shop on Fifth and Tower Avenue from where she roller skated with friends to school. She attended Carpenter Elementary and Superior Central High schools.

After graduating, she worked as a saleswoman, helping stores with going-out-of-business sales. But perhaps, she is best known for her contagious smile when she greeted customers in the shoe department at the former Roth's department store.


At 25, she married Abe G. Kaner. They had three children, Myrna Kaner (deceased), Barbara Munic of Duluth and Elyse Kaner of Minneapolis.

Esther enjoyed playing mahjong (a Japanese tile game) with friends. She liked baking, cooking, noshing and picnicking in Pattison Park. She fancied Superior's annual Fourth of July parade and waving the American flag in front of her home on Hammond Avenue when her children drove by the house after a visit. But most of all, she loved being with family.

Esther was a life member of Hadassah, a women's volunteer organization, and the Women's League of Temple Beth El. She spent countless hours on decorating committees, creating table centerpieces for charitable events. Years ago, for instance, she sprayed freshly picked cattails a metallic-gold color after Abe dutifully retrieved them from an accommodating pond.

She was a member of the former Synagogue of the Hebrew Brotherhood, Superior Hebrew Congregation and Temple Beth El. She was also a member of Adas Israel Congregation in Duluth.

She was married to Abe nearly 49 years. After he died in 1987, Esther, in her mid-seventies at the time, worked tirelessly to sell the family business, Kaner Iron & Metal Co.

In addition to her husband, Abe, Esther was preceded in death by parents, Lena and David Bloomenthal; brothers, Ben and Louis Bloomenthal; and sisters, Rose Schraber and Mildred Bloomenthal.

In addition to her children, she is survived by son-in-law, Ray Munic of Duluth, George Bigelow (Elyse's fiance) of St. Paul, and several nieces, nephews and their children.

A heartfelt thanks goes to Dr. Georgia Brunette, the caring staff at Villa-Marina Health and Rehabilitation Center in Superior and We Care For You caregivers.

Donations to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers are preferred and most gratefully appreciated.

The funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 North 19th St. in Superior. Rabbi Barry Woolf will officiate. Interment at Superior Hebrew Cemetery following the service.

Esther's mottos were "nothing beats fun" and "live it up!"

And that she certainly did.

Daily Telegram, The (Superior, WI)
Date: September 7, 2007
Author: The Daily Telegram
Record Number: /sud/raw/09-07-2007/articles/index_cfm_id_21993_section_o/index.html





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