December 5, 2012
Edith Lit Kantor, age 91, longtime Philadelphia resident and more recently of Winter Park, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Kantor was born on May 24, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Abraham and Pauline Tovelman Kimelman. She moved with her family to Philadelphia as a young child. She attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls and married Arthur Lit after graduation.
An entertainer, Edith spent many years singing and performing on stage.
Edith remarried in 1948; this time for nearly forty years to Dave Kantor, until his death in October 1987. She was the featured singer with her husband’s band, the Dave Kantor Orchestra, performing at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other celebrations in and around Philadelphia. She was an avid opera fan and could be heard singing arias throughout her home.
She relocated to the Orlando area in 1994 to be closer to her daughter and her family, but with the understanding that she would live alone doing that which she loved – exercising, walking, listening to her favorite operas.
Above all, she was a loving mother and grandmother.
Edith is survived by her son Paul (Shirl) Lit of Denver and her daughter Bonnie (John) Grillakis of Casselberry and her grandchildren Michael (Robin) Grillakis and Brad Grillakis and her great-grandson Julian. In addition to her
husband, she was predeceased by her brother Hyman Kimelman and sister Ethel Salus.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Dec. 6 at All Faiths Memorial Park, Casselberry, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating.
In memory of Edith Lit Kantor, the family requests contributions to the American Lung Association of Florida, 1333 W Colonial Dr, Orlando 32804.
Arrangements entrusted to BETH SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810. 407.599.1180. www.bethshalommemorialchapel.com