Anna “Shorty” M. Cantu, age 96, a longtime Waukesha resident peacefully passed to Eternal Life on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at her daughter’s home where she had been cared for since June 2020. She was born in Ricon de Tamayo, Mexico on May 31, 1924 the daughter of Joseph and Felisa (nee Martinez) Jimenez. On June 3, 1963 she married her beloved husband Guadalupe “Lupe” Cantu; he preceded her in death on November 18, 1999. Anna worked for Johnson Cookie Company/Masterson for 44 years. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Anna loved to cook for anyone and everyone and was immensely proud to share her knowledge of Waukesha history. She had a huge heart and was a caretaker to many. She will always be remembered as a loving mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, and friend.
She will be sadly missed by her loving and devoted daughters, Elizabeth (Junior) Calderon and Monica (Dan) Huenink; her cherished granddaughter Amanda Avila and treasured great-granddaughter Mariana “Peanut” Rivera.
She is further survived by her sisters, Secora (the late Elias) Garza, Esther (the late Robert) Finn, her sister-in-law Mickey Jimenez, brother-in-law Enrique Chacon along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her husband Lupe, she was preceded in death by her sisters Rose Chacon, Mary (Timothy) Gonzales, Evelyn (Aurelio) Lugo and Elizabeth (Catarino) Monreal and her brother Lupe Jimenez.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Imran Sajjad, his nurse Karen, and the staff at Nephrology Associates; to Dr. Cantieri, his nurse Jackie and the staff at ProHealth Medical Associates Big Bend Clinic; to Dr. Raza, to Mary Beth with ProHealth Home Care and to ProHealth Home Hospice.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 N. East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186 from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 noon funeral Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Masks or face coverings are required at church. CDC guidelines will also be followed regarding social distancing. Thank you for your understanding.