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Lita (Piedmont) Kantzler

October 17, 1934 ~ October 26, 2021 (age 87)


Loving daughter of Angelo and Theresa Piedmont. Beloved wife of the late Richard Kantzler. Cherished sister of the late Vince (Vera) Piedmont, the late Lucy (Ron) Raleigh and the late Rosalie Sweeney. Fond sister in law to the late Betty (Rudy) Yukich and Paul (Sherry) Kantzler. Devoted and loving mother to Therese (Roger) Van Wazer, Philip (Heather) Kantzler and Laura (Craig) Buick.
Of all the grandmas in the world, how were we so lucky to get you?!!! Adored by Andrew, Eric and Ian VanWazer, Logan, Lucas and Liam Kantzler and Chiara Kantzler Buick.

Affectionate Auntie to her nieces and nephews. Loyal friend to many and thankful recipient of the many years of kindness and care from her neighbors, the Brooks family.

Lita devoted herself to caring for her family and her mother simultaneously for many years. At the same time, she was a
lunch supervisor at Betsy Ross School in Forest Park for 15 + years. Known affectionately as "Mrs. K", Lita greeted the kids daily with a warm smile and encouraging word if they were having a bad day.  She treated the "lunch bunch" as if they were her own. She also had the pleasure of working along side her sister Lucy.

Among her favorite things: the Cubs, Elvis, garage sales, dancing, music, mini golf, Miller Lite, the colors red and black; she was a very fashionable woman. Her greatest joy in life was becoming a mother which led to her next greatest joy, her seven grandchildren. She cherished her time spent with her grandsons whether in person at baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball games, band concerts, dinners out or via Facetime and telephone singing, laughing and telling stories with her granddaughter in London. Whether near or far, her grandchildren were always close at heart.

Lita loved traveling to Elvis' Memphis home, Disney, Field of Dreams, Hawaii, California, to see the Last Supper in Milan and travel within Italy and around London with her family. Lita had two favorite sayings: "It cost nothing to be kind" and "Love You More".  In her honor, go out in the world and spread kindness, love and compassion just as she did in her faith-filled life.  

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Arthritis Foundation or American Heart Association.


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October 31, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home
7319 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

Mass of Christian Burial
November 1, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Bernadine Catholic Church (Forest Park, Illinois)

Interment following funeral service
November 1, 2021

Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162


American Heart Association
Web: https://www.heart.org/en/get-involved/ways-to-give

Arthritis Foundation
Web: https://www.arthritis.org

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