Linda Cantor (Yang Ching-Tze), 88 of Topsfield, Massachusetts, passed away on December 25, 2018. Born September 7, 1930, in Hangzhou, China, she was the daughter of Yang Shing Ching and Wei Ching An.
She is survived by her son, Eric Cantor and his wife Fana Mersha, of Topsfield, MA, and her daughter, Selena Cantor and her husband Ilya Chemakin , of New York, NY, and and four grandchildren: Elsa, Elias, Maxim and Katherine. She is also survived by her brothers and their wives, Richard and Susan Yang and Roy and Kathy Yang, her sister-in-law Lily Young, and her brothers-in-law, Yen-Ching Pao and Henry Liao. She is predeceased by her husband Frederick Robert Cantor, and her siblings, Rocky Young, Rosaline Pao and Nancy Liao.
Linda grew up during wartime in China, and her family later moved to Taiwan. In Taiwan, she attended Taiwan Normal University and played on the national Liangyou basketball team. She traveled to the United States to attend Brigham Young University and obtained a Masterís in Health Education there. She made her way to New York City, which is where she met her to-be husband, Fred. She raised her children in Wellesley, MA and returned to work as a lab technician. She was actively involved in the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association and was an original teacher at the Chinese Language School in Newton. Later in life, Linda and Fred retired to South Freeport, Maine to be near the New England coast that they loved, and Linda served as a language interpreter for Catholic Charities at that time. Linda relocated to Topsfield, Massachusetts, to be with her son Eric. Her interests included: sports, gardening, cooking, sewing, and spending time with family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 29th, at 11:00 AM, at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 South Main Street, Middleton, MA. All are invited to gather starting at 10:00 AM.
If desired, memorials may be sent to UNICEF.
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