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January 20, 1964 – Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Service Information
Buffalo United Methodist Church
Saturday, May 2, 2009

Visitation Information

S. Jane Kanawyer, age 45 of Buffalo, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at North Memorial Hospital after a long, courageous battle with melanoma.

Sally Jane was born on January 20, 1964 to H. Keith and Sally L. (nee Reynolds) Stinson in Montréal Québec, Canada.

She is survived by, children, Bob and Keisha Kanawyer, Buffalo; parents, H. Keith and Sally Stinson, Buffalo; siblings, David Stinson, Plattsburgh, NY, Gail (Paul) Busch, Inver Grove Heights, and John (Lisa) Stinson, Minneapolis; granddaughter, Antoinette Jane Kanawyer, and her mother Destinee Egan, Minneapolis; sister-in-law, Denise Stinson, Alexandria; nieces and nephews, Katie and Leah Stinson, Michael and Kristen Busch, and Mary Frances, Claire, and Joseph Stinson; special friend Stan Gustafson; an aunt; uncles; and cousins. She was preceded in death by husband, Robert; infant brother, Barry; aunt, Sheila; and grandparents.

Jane was a very special person. First and foremost she was a nurturer. She was a loving and proud mother to Bob and Keisha, and for far too short of a time, a grandmother to Antoinette Jane. She was an unfailingly kind person who opened her heart and her home to anyone who had a need.

She worked so hard and so well at Walgreen’s that other stores would tout a good employee as “our Jane.”

Jane’s intelligence was staggering. She had a National Merit Scholarship to Gustavus Adolphus College, yet she never used her intellect as a weapon. Her intelligence impressed her doctors. She was actively involved in her treatment, and could speak with physicians and other caretakers about her medications in a way that surprised many of them.

She was an intuitive musician, having mastered the piano and the oboe. She also sang in the choir and played in a local orchestra; yet she appreciated the more cutting edge music that Bobby and his band produced.

She had a puckish sense of humor and an appreciation of the absurdities in life. She was the first to spot both the ridiculous and the sublime.

For 45 years, Jane lived life to the fullest.

A Memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the Buffalo United Methodist Church with an hour of visitation before the service. The Peterson Chapel is assisting the family.

Memorials preferred to Sally Jane Kanawyer Trust at KleinBank which will benefit her children.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. F. Michael Miller

    We will miss you. Rest in peace.

  2. Cindy Lumsden-Davis

    Though I have hoped this day would never come, I have to live with the hope that at last Janie is no longer in pain. I am so sorry for your loss. Regards, Cindy and Chuck

  3. Ann Brooks

    It’s been almost 30 years since I last saw Jane. We went to school together in Minot where I was privaledged to get to know her as a friend. She has never been forgotten. How lucky we are to have known her….

  4. Ted Helland

    Keisha you are in my thoughts, stay strong.

  5. Gail Babatz

    My heart is so sad for your loss. What a blessing to have gotten the chance to know Jane. I know she is one of God’s holy angels looking down on us…

  6. Cheryl Lubinski

    Keisha and Bob,

    Your mother was a pleasure to know and thought highly of her. Even though her time was short she impacted many lives. I wish you the best and know that others are thinking of you.

    Cheryl and Tera

  7. Pam and Brian Danielson

    Sally and Keith,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter Jane. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
    Pam and Brian Danielson

  8. Debbie & Dave Larsen

    Bobby & Kiesha and family, We are so very sorry to hear that your mother had passed away. I just found out about it at Chris Patterson’s wedding. I just want you to know our prayers and thoughts are with you. If you need anything, please call us 682-4079. I had said at Angie’s wedding I was going to come by and visit your mom. Work got busy and I never got the chance. I did learn from this to never put your friends on hold. They should always come first. God Bless all of you. I say hi and pray for your mom every day now. I talk and hope she hears me. I am pretty sure she does. Love to all.

    Debbie & Dave Larsen & Family

  9. Ross Kuntz

    I’m extremely sorry for your loss. Of all the people I’ve known, Jane has always been an incredible example of a kind and generous spirit. One of my fondest memories of her is her recital of Pictures at an Exhibition. What a great talent and such a great loss.


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