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Viola Knecht


April 11, 1922
August 21, 2019

Visitation 10 - 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2019 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Patoka
Graveside Service 11:30 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2019 - Augsburg Church Cemetery, Shobonier

Viola E. Knecht, 97, of Bonner Springs, KS, formerly of Vandalia, IL passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. She was born on April 11, 1922 the daughter of William and Rose Emille (Oertwig) Wollin in Vandalia, IL. She married Clarence Knecht in October of 1947, and he preceded her in death on November 28, 2003.

Survivors that hold cherished memories of Viola include her beloved grandchildren, Marla J. Quigley, and Martin Knecht; and precious great-grandchildren, Zachary Quigley, and Colton Quigley.

Along with her husband of 56 years, Clarence Knecht, Mrs. Knecht was preceded in death by both her parents, William and Rose Wollin; sisters, Erna, Laurna, and Velera; brothers, Mart, and Walter; and son, Stan Knecht.

Mrs. Knecht took great joy in raising her family and making sure everything in the home was taken good care of. She had a love of music and was gifted with the ability to play the organ. Viola spent many relaxing hours playing her favorite songs on the organ. She had a bit of a competitive spirt and would get a twinkle in her eye while holding a winning pinochle hand. Viola’s passion was her family, which she held dear to her heart. The memories made spending time together were cherished and a comfort to her. Viola will be remembered for her sincere gratitude to her adoring family.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2019 at Augsburg Church Cemetery in Shobonier, IL with Pastor Michael Mohr officiating. Friends are welcome to a visitation time from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday at the Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka, IL. Memorial contributions may be made in Viola’s honor to Augsburg Lutheran Church and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of Viola may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.