Knoblauch, Twila

Written by Steve Lauber.

Twila Knoblauch, 94, of Morenci, Mich., died June 30, 2013, at the Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian where she had resided since March.

She was born Dec. 29, 1918, in North Morenci, Mich., to Chester Wilson and Hazel (Bordine) Shoup. She lived all of her life in the Morenci area. She enjoyed participating in school and Grange plays and went to Ginnivan plays with her father. She played violin in the Morenci High School Orchestra and graduated in 1936.

She married Theo Reppert in 1937 and he died in 1947. She married Herbert Knoblauch in 1948 and he died in 2005. Together they owned and operated Knoblauch's Fine Foods in Morenci for more than 45 years.

Twila was a member of the Morenci Grange and for 81 years a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the Wesleyan Service Guild, the Triangle Club and the United Methodist Women.  She enjoyed luncheons, playing cards and the sociability of the Morenci Senior Citizens Center. She was an avid reader and attended a monthly book club.

Twila felt that her major accomplishment in life was raising all of her children in the church.

She is survived by daughters, Marlene (and Richard) Baker and Patricia (and Ron) Keller; a son, Mark (and Kathie) Knoblauch; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Sue Stevens and Joan (and Allen) Schuetz; a sister-in-law, Barbara Rizner; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; stepson, Darrell Knoblauch; two granddaughters, Jerolyn and Twila Gorsuch; a brother and sister-in-law, Foster and Ruth Shoup; and a sister and brother-in-law, Emma and Tom Stevens.

Visitation is planned at the Morenci United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. Officiants will be host pastor Rev. Donna Galloway and Twila’s son-in-law, United Methodist Pastor Rev. Ron Keller. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Lenawee County. Envelopes will be available at the church or at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.  

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