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Betty Jo Cantees Kawaja

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kawaja, Betty Jo Cantees, wife of Louis Kawaja of 46 years, passed away Sat, Dec 7,2013 at St. Joseph Hospital. Born May 27, 1947 in Williamson, WV, she was a daughter of the late Abe and Hazel Dawhare Cantees. She was a wonderful wife, mom, and grandmother. Betty worked many years at Dawahare’s as an assistant manager and manager at the Gardenside and Fayette Mall stores.

Survivors besides her husband include two sons, A.L. Kawaja, III and Joe Kawaja, both of Lexington; a daughter, Jessica (Todd) Bergin, Irvine, CA; four grandchildren, Ben and Emma Kate Kawaja and Maddie and Parker Bergin; a brother, Joe Cantees, Altamonte Springs, FL; a sister, Mary Lou (Sam) Clymer, Melbourne, FL; a brother-in-law, Colin Berry; four nieces, Kathy Thacker, Christy Coffman, Courtney Fowler, and Tricia Rogers; three nephews, Sam Clymer, IV, and Justin and Derrick Cantees; four great nieces, Falon Kiser, Paige Thacker, Selma Coffman, and Emily Cantees; three great nephews, Trey Coffman, Everett Fowler, and Jackson Cantees; special friend and caregiver, Penny Houlihan; as well as Dr. Michael Horn and the staff at the John D. Cronin Cancer Center and Karen Mulholland, the 6th floor nursing staff, and other healthcare personnel for giving her excellent care; and Dr. Danny Corales and his staff.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ron Cantees.

Funeral services will be 11 am Wed, Dec 11,2013 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Jimmy Davis with burial to follow in the Lexington Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Mark Dawahare, Justin Cantees, Serur Dawahare, Eddie Dawhare, Charles Eubanks, Jim Versaw, Reid Coffman, and Darryl Keener. Honorary bearers will be Colin Berry, Joe Dawahare, Dee Dawahare, Martin Dawahare, A.F. Dawahare, Jimmy Maggard, Billy Dixon, Dan Houlihan, Sam Clymer, III, and Ralph Coggin.

Visitation will be from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Tues at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lexington Clinic Foundation for the John D. Cronin Cancer Center, 350 Elaine Dr., Ste. 100, Lexington, Ky, 40504, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . or the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, One St. Joseph Dr., Lexington, Ky 40502.

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