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Jeannette Kanner

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KANNER: Jeannette Kanner, 90, of Charleston, W.Va., passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017, at the Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburgh. Jeannette was born on July 13, 1927, and raised in Weirton, W.Va., the oldest daughter of the late Max and Miriam Knell. Jeannette married the love of her life, Harry Kanner in 1948 and remained happily married until his sudden death in 1997. In the late 1950s, after having had her first three children, she began attending college on a part time basis. She proudly received her teaching degree from West Virginia State University in 1969, while having two additional children. She then began teaching as a reading specialist at Fruth Elementary School in Charleston. She later obtained a master’s degree and completed a long career in teaching at Piedmont Elementary School in the early 1990s. Throughout her life, she was a proud and active member of B’nai Jacob Synagogue. She frequently attended services there and was president of the Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Chevra Kadisha and a Sunday school teacher. She was always in the kitchen helping others with cooking and her knowledge of the Jewish dietary laws. Jeannette was also a lifetime member of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women. While her children were growing up, she always found time to participate in the PTA and numerous school activities. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; and her brother, Teddy Knell. She is survived by her children, Dr. Martin Z. Kanner of Baltimore; Ted and Shelley Kanner of Charleston; Henry and Ellen Kanner of Framingham, Mass.; Peggy and Joel Kundin of Pittsburgh; and Sally and Todd Levenson of Pittsburgh; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Rachel and Leonard Feinberg of Pittsburgh; and Toby Scherer of Palm Desert, Calif.; stepbrother Barry Berman (Carol) of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, with Rabbi Victor Urecki officiating. Burial followed at B’nai Jacob Eternal Home, South Charleston, W.Va. The family suggests donations may be made in memory of Jeannette to B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25311. Condolences may be sent to the family at barlowbonsall.com. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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