Virginia Kanters

March 1, 1924 - Dec. 31, 2005

Virginia Kanters, 81, of Waukesha, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 1, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Charles and Frances (nee Brengle) Vickery.

After becoming a registered nurse, Virginia served in the Cadet Nurse Corps. She moved from Omaha to Waukesha in 1946 and worked at the Veterans Hospital. Shortly thereafter she met her future husband, John Kanters. They married on Aug. 23, 1947.

Virginia also worked at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in psychiatric nursing. She made many lasting friendships with her co-workers. At one time she also served as the city of Waukesha coordinator of the annual Halloween U.N.I.C.E.F. collection.

She moved to Port Angeles, Wash., in 1986. Virginia became very involved in the local Port Angeles community through volunteer work and sitting on various boards. She moved back to Waukesha in 2001 where she was a longtime member of St. Marys Episcopal Church in Dousman. Virginia was also an extensive world traveler.

She is survived by her loving children, David (Maureen Driggers) Kanters of Port Angeles, Janine (James) Voruz of Oconomowoc, Steve (Anne) Kanters of Sequim, Wash., Judy (Robin) Thomas of Waukesha and Roger Kanters of West Bend. She was a cherished grandmother to Marissa Kanters, Ana (Bryan) Swanson, Matthew Kanters, John Voruz, Sarah Voruz, Davis Kanters, Nathan Thomas, Kristen Thomas, Adam Thomas, Emily Thomas, Rebecca Thomas, Brian Kanters and Rachel Kanters; and a great-grandmother to Nathaniel Brown.

She also is survived by her sister, Mildred Mimi Elsasser; her former daughter-in-laws, Jessica Kanters, Jan Anderson and Paula Smith; her traveling partner, Florence Ninke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John, on Nov. 25, 1985, and her sister, Patricia Ryan.

Visitation for Virginia will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main Street, Waukesha. Interment will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

If desired, memorials are suggested to St. Marys Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 126, Dousman, WI 53118.

For more information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral Home at 547-4035, or visit online at www.randledablefuneralhome.com.

"Depending on what part of Virginia's life you knew her from, you would have known her as Ginny, Vicki or Virginia. Regardless of the name you called our mom, you knew her as a strong woman with a dry sense of humor. She was a 'straight shooter' and also a classy dresser. Right now we can hear her reminding us, 'This, too, shall pass.' We would like to extend a special thank you to all of Moms personal caregivers at LindenGrove in Waukesha for their loving care, and to the Waukesha Memorial emergency room and 4NW staff who so compassionately cared for mom in her final hours."