In memory of
Jean L. Knauf
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In memory of
Jean L. Knauf
Knauf, Jean L. Jean L. Knauf, age 89 of Neenah, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Thedacare Hospice, Cherry Meadows following a brief struggle with cancer. Jean was born on January 8, 1927 to Harold and Laura (Missling) Rettler of Appleton and graduated from West High School in 1944. After graduation, she worked for Tuttle Press Company, then went to the School of Business (currently Fox Valley Technical College) in Appleton for Business Management, Accounting, and secretarial training. Jean was employed at St. Lawrence University of the Liberal Arts and Conservatory Music College as a secretary for the cafeteria food administration department for 10 years. She also worked as a secretary for the Calumet County Park Ski Club in 1955, where she met Nicholas T. Knauf of Chilton. They married on September 15, 1956 and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Jean enjoyed being a good mother and wife, raising four children and making sure they always had a hot lunch to come home to during their formative school years, which was so appreciated by the kids and her husband. She was skilled at canning and freezing her garden produce, making preserves, and loved baking cookies and candy, which her family enjoyed immensely. She loved going up north to their cottage on Horse Head Lake in Oneida County to enjoy nature, fishing and boating. Jean was the precise accountant and book-keeper of the family, a much appreciated skill also learned from her mother as the accountant of her family's business: Rettler Distributing. Jean was a detailed seamstress and dabbled in upholstery to make special gifts for her children. She enjoyed reading, bowling, golfing, playing cards and picnics in the park. She loved family gatherings around the dinner table and was so giving and generous to her family and grandchildren. She always taught family to work hard at doing good; to be honest, caring, and lead by example; to be determined to do the best you can in your life for as long as you can, without undue complaint. Jean is survived by her husband, Nicholas T. Knauf, age 92 of Neenah; and their four children: son, Karl Knauf and his wife Francie Wesley of Madison; daughter, Laurie and her husband Rory Givens of Appleton; son Gary Knauf and his wife Stephanie Ridgeway-Knauf of Bear Creek; and son, Mark Knauf of Oshkosh. She is further survived by her brother Dick Rettler of Appleton; five grandchildren: Dr. Marcella Knauf; Nick Knauf; Jeanne Knauf; John Knauf and his wife Qianwei Ren-Knauf; and Caressa Givens; and great-grandson, William Bhend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Laura (Missling) Rettler; father and mother-in-law, Dr. Nicholas and Ernesta (Donhard) Knauf; brother Fred (Marie) Rettler; sister-in-law, Marge Rettler; and Knauf in-laws: Dr. John (Dorothy) Knauf; Dr. Charles (Mildred) Knauf; Richard Knauf; and Dr. Robert (Ardis) Knauf. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 610 Division St., Neenah with Rev. Larry Seidl officiating. Visitation will be held directly at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of service. Jean will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Cemetery, Chilton. A special thanks to St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church of Neenah, Human Concerns and Ministry of Holistic Health (Sheila, Margie Weiss, and soup sisters) for checking up on Jean and Nick, bringing comforting meals, encouraging cards, gifts, prayer shawls, hospital visits and prayer. Thank you to Mr. Wilson Scribner for faithfully giving Jean and Nick communion at home, encouraging visits and prayers. Thank you, Father Mike for praying over Jean and visiting her in the hospital and at Cherry Meadows. Thank you Thedacare at Home staff and Cherry Meadows staff for your skilled helpful care so families can spend precious time with loved ones. Thank you to the caring and helpful friends of the neighborhood for your kind deeds making the load lighter. Westgor Funeral Home 205 W. Doty Ave. Neenah 722-7151 Online Condolences:
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