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Information for F Joe Kanta

13 May, 1915 - 18 January, 1994

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

20 January, 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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F. Joe Kanta

    Joe Kanta, 78, of Nampa, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1994, at the Nampa Hospice House of cancer.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 1994, at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Father Ron Wekerle of St. John's Cathedral, Boise, will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  A Memorial Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday Jan. 23, 1994, at St. John's Cathedral, Boise, Idaho.
    Joe was born May 13, 1915, in Sumatra, Montana, a son of Mary and Joseph Kanta.  He was the eldest of three brothers and one sister.  He moved to Havre, Montana, and Bozeman, Montana, with his parents where he attended Catholic schools and the University of Montana.  He married Irene Ness on Jan. 20, 1940, and moved to the Caldwell area in 1950. Irene passed away in 1978.  Joe married Betty Webb on Feb. 23, 1981, in Kona, Hawaii.
    Joe farmed his entire life and sold "U-Pick Potatoes" for 35 years. His great loves were geology and hunting for fossils and artifacts in the Owyhee Mountains.  He and his wife Betty and his grandsons spent summers fishing in Cascade.  They wintered in Yuma, Arizona.  Joe loved the outdoors and sharing that love with his family and friends.  He was a member of the Caldwell Ramblers and the Owyhee Historical Society.
    Joe leaves behind a loving and special wife, Betty; two daughters, Andee and her husband, Jim Booth of Seattle and Susan and her husband, Terry Copple of Boise; two wonderful and adoring grandsons, Blake and Anthony Copple of Boise.  He also leaves behind a sister, Helen Jensen of Bozeman; and brothers, Tom and his wife, Carol, and George and his wife, Katherine Kanta of Three Forks, Montana.
    Joe was a wonderful and caring person who had a wide variety of friends which he touched with his good nature and caring heart.  From where Joe is watching us, we feel these must be his sentiments:
    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glint or snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle Autumn rain.
    When you wake in the morning hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight it night.
   Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there,
    I do not sleep.

    The family suggests that memorials in his name be made to the Mercy Hospice at 111 3rd St., Nampa, or St. John's Cathedral building fund at 804 N. 9th, Boise.
    There will be a luncheon following the Saturday service at Silvercrest II Estates Clubhouse.


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