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Sylvester "Sy" R. Kantor – Obituary

Name: Sylvester "Sy" R. Kantor

Age: 84

Born: 08-18-1933

Died: 06-08-2018

St. Michael's Catholic Church, St. Cloud, MN

St. Michael's Catholic Church, St. Cloud, MN

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 15, 2018 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud, MN for Sylvester Raymond Kantor age 84 of St. Cloud. Sy passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Country Manor in Sartell, MN. The Reverend Timothy Gapinski will be the celebrant. Entombment will be in Assumption Mausoleum in St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 P.M. on Thursday, June 14, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Parish Prayers will be at 4:30 P.M. on Thursday. 

Sy was born on August 18, 1933 in Holding Township, Stearns County, MN, the son of Thomas and Mary (Beam) Kantor. He attended country school near there. Sy then lived on and helped to run the family farm and also helped farmers in North Dakota. He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force on November 6, 1952. He spent most of his time as a dispatcher and spent time overseas in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge he returned and married his wife of 61 years, Rita Mae Heim on June 6, 1957 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. This marriage was blessed with seven children. They lived in St. Cloud, where Sy worked at the V.A. Hospital and later he worked at St. John’s University as the Sports Equipment Manager, retiring in 1996.

Sy had a great love for flowers and gardening. He took great pride in his immaculate yard. He also loved his motorcycle, cleaning and showing off his classic Ford cars, and Old-Time Polka music. He was proud of his 43 years of sobriety, and most of all his loving family.

He was a charter member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and American Legion Post 428 of Waite Park.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by; grandson Jeremy Albright, brothers, Alois and Thomas, sisters, Adella, Sophie, and Rita, and twins Vince and Viola.

He is survived by his wife Rita of St. Cloud, his seven children, Judy (Leonard) Vossen of St. Joseph, Janice Ressemann and Jean (Tony) Albright of St. Cloud, Jeff (Nadine) of Sartell, Joleen (Kerry) Corrigan of Rice, MN, Jackie (Mark) Molus of Cold Spring, and Janelle Kantor of Paynesville, 13 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren, two brothers Leo and Edward.

Sy’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Rapid Recovery staff at Country Manor and St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate care and guidance.

Guestbook for Sylvester "Sy" R. Kantor

Stan & Kathy Skjei
, Neighbor
June 15, 2018, 5:24 pm
36 years of being neighbors has so many memories. Sy taught Stan how to mow lawn and give each other a good laugh. Our family will always share stories of Sy. May he RIP.
Dan Goodrich
, 1983 St. John's Grad
June 13, 2018, 10:32 pm
Sy was a great individual. I played Basketball at St. John's and Sy was always cheerful, and fun to be around. He made the locker room enjoyable and he was a great friend to many of the athletes. He was truly part of every team at SJU.
Jean Albright
, Daughter
June 12, 2018, 2:16 am
Miss you Dad!

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