Marie B. Kantner, 85, of West Sixth Street, Emporium, died Monday, January 21, 2013, in her home.
Born May 16, 1927 in Tamaqua, she was the daughter of Percy and Julie Vailonis Bellis. On December 27, 1947 in Tamaqua, she married Donald J. Kantner who died April 6, 1991.
She was a graduate of Tamaqua High School in Schuylkill Countyand was employed for several years by Atlas Chemical Company.
A former resident of Woolrich, Marie moved to Emporium in 1960 and for a few years was an elementary school teacher’s aid.
Mrs. Kantner was a member of St. Mark Catholic of Emporium, where she was past president of the Rosary Society. She was a former member of the Emporium Garden Club, Emporium Country Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of Emporium Country Club.
Survivors include: three sons, James D. Kantner and wife Brenda of Quakertown, Robert J. Kantner of Acton, Mass., and Russell H. Kantner of Emporium; two granddaughters, Becki Ohrberg of Billings, Montana and Heather Kantner of Quakertown; one great grandson, Alexander Ohrberg at home; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Kantner was predeceased by two sisters, Eleanor Koble and Ruth Witanek and one brother, Anthony Bellis.
The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mark Church with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Tamaqua.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service.