Deborah Kanter

Deborah Kanter

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Deborah Joan Kanter 1950-2021

On Friday, March 12, Deborah Kanter, dynamic teacher and mentor, passed away at the age of 70 with her cat, Clyde by her side – after a brief battle with Covid-19 and just days away from receiving her first vaccination.

Born on October 28, 1950 in Paterson, NJ, Deborah spent her life in her home state, learning, studying, teaching, mentoring, and volunteering in the community, as a survivor of colorectal cancer, Deb was active in the Fight Colorectal Cancer organization, CauseHealth, and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. Ms. Kanter was also a writer, editor, proofreader with a strong background in journalism and reporting.

Deborah was a graduate of Upsala College (BA English), Seton Hall University (MA English) and of Georgian Court University (BA Holistic Health).

Deborah was a trained holistic health educator, teaching stress reduction in schools, workplaces, wellness facilities, and individually. She taught Qigong for wellness, was trained in Reiki, and a provider of many wellness therapies.

She spent the last dozen or so years as an Adjunct Instructor of English at Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City where she was well known for being a dynamic teacher and mentor by her students and fellow professors.

Deb loved music (Leonard Cohen), art, literature and nature. She enjoyed being able to attend the art exhibits at the Montclair Art Museum and she regularly visited the Van Vleck Gardens and Verona Park where she did walking meditations and practiced Qigong.
She will be remembered by her friends for her love for Clyde, her orange opinionated cat. She will also be remembered as a champion for the Ground Hog, claiming him as one of her totem animals. Deb strongly objected to Ground Hog day and the irreverent way the animals were treated on TV. We won’t forget!

Deborah was preceded in death by her son, Eli, as well as her parents, Mildred and Marvin. She is survived by her sister, Audrey (David) Bittman of Florida, a niece, and nephew. But it is the whole host of friends and former students with whom she celebrated life and who have honored Deborah with an appropriate finale.

A gathering of friends will take place at a later time to honor Deb’s life. iI lieu of flowers folks can donate to PAWS,

Rest in peace, Dear Friend. We love you.
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Phoebe Collins

Posted at 04:00pm
Like many other people who have already written about Deborah here, I knew her as a fellow WFMU-listener. I was so sorry to hear about her passing, and will remember her kindness and how wonderful it was to have her company on the ACCU during this past year with COVID keeping us all apart. I also remember her fondness for Leonard Cohen, and dedicated "Heart with No Companion" to her recently on my own show on WOZQ...hope she heard it.
Rest in peace my friend, and my condolences to her friends and family.


Posted at 09:01am
We briefly crossed paths on WFMU comments board, may you be in a better place, Deborah.


Posted at 04:46am
A WFMU listener who had just recently talked with her online on the Serious Moonlight Sonatas Show - Her own comment:

"Love doesn't leave when a friend, partner or other beloved one dies. But darn, it can be lonely! Then that gaping hole in the heart takes on different dimensions, almost daily. And we continue."

Feeling you shake
Feel your heart break
Thinking if only, if only, if only, if only
And the salt water runs
Through your veins and your bones
Telling you no not this way, not this way, not this way
And you would give anything
Give up everything
Offer your life blood away
For yesterday
No one leaves you
When you live in their heart and mind
And no one dies
They just move to the other side
When we're gone
Watch the world simply carry on
We live on laughing and in no pain
We'll stay and be happy
With those who have loved us today

Marillion - Estonia

"how beautiful, those lines, and your heart going out. I love these lyrics. You didn't know but I actually have a special connection to Estonia the county as well" - Deborah



Posted at 06:41pm
You are very missed! I think of you often. I never realized the impact you had on so many!!! Clyde is doing great. Of course he misses you, but his foster mom is exactly what he needed during this difficult, transition time. I’m so sorry this happened to you.... RIP Phooz...

John C. McIntosh

Posted at 07:52am
Rest in peace, Deborah. From a WFMU listener, John in Manhattan, NY.

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