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Kanten, Toots Arlene
August 28, 1933 - March 18, 2018
Service:  At her request, there will be no services.
Notice:  If desired, donations may be made in Toot's name to Rocky's - MEL Society, Box 2227, RMH, AB T4T 1B6.


Toots Kanten, 1933-2018
On August 28, 1933, Toots Arlene Petersen was born. She was the seventh child and sixth daughter born to Sydney and Clara Petersen of Chancellor, Alberta

The family moved to a farm in the Crammond district. Toots attended the Crooked Creek School with her siblings.

In 1950, Toots married Leonard Kanten of Caroline. They lived in town for thirty five years and raised their family of five children. They moved five kilometers north of Caroline where they have resided ever since.

Toots is survived by her husband Leonard, of sixty-seven and a half years, their daughter Sonja and Clayton Haney, son Syd and Donna Kanten, daughter Alty Kanten and son Nigel Kanten; four granddaughters, Carmen and Mike Coe, Lindsey and Glenn Lyons, Jessalyn and Vance Adams, Kailey and Derek Wall; also two grandsons, Cody and wife Erin Haney and Tyler Kanten; seven great grandsons, Walker and Clay Guthrie, Cashius Coe, Thomas and Westyn Lyons, Crue and Kipton Haney; two great granddaughters, Maggie and Marlie Adams; and a special foster daughter, Audrey Crookedlegs and husband Lenard.
Toots is survived by three brothers, Jim, Ivan and Ted Petersen; Ivan's wife Myrna and Ted's wife Lois; two sisters, Ida Law, Dolly and her husband Eric McIntosh, as well as her brother in law Oscar and wife Carmen Kanten.
Toots was predeceased by her son Buzz; her parents Syd and Clara Petersen; her sisters Grace Jensen, Marmie Dingman, Jessie McKain Ebbesen, Joyce Peterson, Christine Becker and Jean Fisher.

The preceding was prepared by Toots herself. She never wanted anyone to do extra work or make a fuss over her. She said it was all she needed. However, as her family, we wish to say that Toots was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was the center of a big, loving family and will be missed incredibly.

Mom loved simple things, a drive, a picnic and looking for wild horses. Even after sixty-seven years of marriage, it was common to look back and see Mom and Dad enjoying the scenery and holding hands. She looked forward to a casino trip with her sisters, a trip to a thrift store - always looking for antique glass wear, a piece of antique furniture and a good deal of many kinds! She liked fishing and enjoyed picking berries; had to be the last person to leave a good patch. She especially loved family get together, and making her grandkids laugh at a little bit of her trash talk!

Mom mastered all types of needlework and was an exceptional seamstress. She was a fantastic cook and baker. We often came home from school to the smell of fresh bread wafting down the sidewalk. All of these domestic skills, mostly self-taught, as at home, Toots was one of the outside chore girls before she got married.

Mom's motto was, if it was worth doing, it was worth doing right. She was a perfectionist in many ways, encouraging others to do their very best as well. She enjoyed teaching others to do things that she could, including pruning tomato vines to yield the biggest tomatoes.

Mom was the mail lady in Caroline for ten years. She picked up mail at Raven, took it to Caroline, then sorted and delivered the Caroline Rural Route. She volunteered with the Caroline Ambulance and worked as relief receptionist at the Caroline Medical Clinic.

Perhaps it was all this medical interest that made her so popular with sick grandchildren. As soon as Grandma heard, she'd be there with ginger ale and salty treats. Many fevers were busted with all the drinking that those salty snacks encouraged.

Our home was open to several children needing foster care. Mom and Dad adopted two. When they adopted their son Nigel, they were doubly blessed. Their sweet baby boy grew up to be their kind, loving caregiver. Taking care of every need, Nigel is the only reason that Mom was able to stay home, as she wanted, for so long. All of us appreciate Nigel beyond words.

We are thankful for all the wonderful memories and the love that we shared. Her sisters and Buzz will be so happy to welcome Mom to her new home.

Toots passed away peacefully at the Rocky Health Care Center on March 18, 2018, at the age of eighty-four years.

At her request, there will be no services. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House.
If desired, donations may be made in Toot's name to Rocky's - MEL Society, Box 2227, RMH, AB T4T 1B6.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


Duane Duff:
I would like to express my condolences to the whole family on the death of Toots. I did not know her well. However, I knew well Leonard, Sonja and her husband Clayton, and Buzzy. The obituary is beautifully written. She has entered a most lovely place and will be very happy there.
Brenda Murdoch:
When I was about 10,our families were fishing, and nature called, so Mom told me to go under the bridge. After making sure I was alone, I took care of business and then I heard a sweet voice say "hello Brenda". I was embarrassed to see Aunt Toots smiling at me from the opposite bank! She also made my beautiful wedding dress that I treasure. My condolences to Uncle Leonard and family.
Roxy Anderson:
Thinking of everyone Aunt Toots was an awesome person she will be greatly missed
Allison Leslie:
My kids like to tell the story of Aunt Toots covering her lips with roasted marshmallows at a picnic, and then chasing them for a marshmallow kiss!
Good Memories!
Our sympathy to Uncle Leonard and all the family!
Sharon O'Brien:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Toots was the core and centre of strength of your family and I know this bond will serve you well during this difficult time.
I will always remember Toot's smiling eyes and wonderful sense of humour. My remembrances of her are from the big family reunions at Glen's farm with all the wonderful food and conversations.
My sincere condolences to Uncle Lenny and to you all.
Pat Jacobsen:
I am truly sorry to hear of Aunt Toots passing. I'd like to share a fishing story, as its my earliest memory of her. It was in the early 1960s, down on the Raven, and she and Leonard were snaring fish. Toots was laying on a downed tree across the river, and I was told to stand still and be quiet! Then Toots said in a low voice, "You better look out!" She jerked on the snare and flipped a fish up beside me on the bank. I was amazed at this! They had a good catch which we all enjoyed, crowded around the supper table.
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to you Uncle Leonard, and to all the family. My thoughts are with you.
Ken and Joan Kanten:
I have nothing but fond memories of aunt Toots and we wish to offer our sincerest sympathy on this occasion to uncle Leonard and all of the family. Love you so much.
Darlene Rowland :
My heart is with you.

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