The Villages, Lady Lake, FL – Gertrude Vivian Hahn Kanitz, age 92, The Villages, Lady Lake, FL and more recently Park West Plaza Manor, Wichita, KS died January 19, 2013. She was born on February 17, 1920 at Sutherland, NE, the daughter of Berniece Minnie Boomgarden Hahn and Andrew Hahn. She graduated from St. John’s College, Winfield, KS in 1939. She married Howard R. Kanitz on November 05, 1939 in Baden Memorial Lutheran Church, Winfield, KS. They celebrated 69 years of marriage before his passing. They made their home and raised their children in Wellington, KS until they moved to The Villages, Florida in 1986.
She worked as an accountant and insurance secretary for 30 years. She enjoyed flower gardening and reading.
She and Howard were charter members of Calvary Lutheran Church, Wellington, KS and were also charter members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Summerfield, FL. She served in many capacities at both congregations.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Howard. Survivors include two sons, Howard Vance Kanitz, Wichita, KS, Russell Lynn Kanitz, Ft. Worth, TX and one daughter, Martha Ann Yates, Chandler, AZ; one sister, Gwen Portz, Aurora, CO; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, one niece and two nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Wellington, KS. Lunch will immediately follow. Graveside services will follow lunch at 2:00 p.m. in the Highland Cemetery, Winfield, KS.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Olga Randel Scholarship Fund, c/o Calvary Lutheran Church, 1300 North “C”, Wellington, KS 67152 or to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, Summerfield, FL.