Lois Knipple

Lois Knipple

Friday, March 27th, 1942 Thursday, September 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Lois J. Knipple (Ohlemacher)

Lois J. (Ohlemacher) Knipple, 78, of Chambersburg, PA, and formerly of Shippensburg, PA, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Laurel Lakes Wellness & Rehabilitation Center. Born March 27, 1942 in Sandusky, OH, she was the daughter of the late Franklin “Fritz” (of Danbury OH) and Mary Amadea (Eckert of Castalia OH) Ohlemacher.

As a 1960 graduate of Port Clinton High School, she would often have to take a flight to school on a Ford Tri-Motor plane from her hometown of Put-in-Bay on the S. Bass Island. Mrs. Knipple enjoyed working with others, from her parents’ pizza shop on the island to her 20 years at American Greetings Card Company. Her ability to make friends easily was key to her adapting to her many moves as a Coast Guard wife, Wives Club President and young mother across Ohio, Alaska, Pennsylvania and Cape Cod. Lois loved family and friends, all children, and her times at Put-in-Bay, Cape Cod, Newburg, and Shippensburg. Her smile and laugh were absolutely infectious when she spoke of each of them. She was a member of the Our Lady of Visitation Church in Shippensburg, where she was both in the choir and also led a special children's choir for years. She loved lighthouses, musicals, baking, bowling in the Ladies League and playing the piano. She made the best chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, her Christmas decorations were legendary and she always held a special place in her heart for children. Any time a child visited, she would find a fun activity for them to enjoy.

Surviving are her children, James Knipe (Pauline) of Vienna, VA, and Tracy Weller (Gary) of St. Thomas, PA; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Bud Ohlemacher (Irene), of Catawba Island, OH; and the father of her children and friend, Ronald Knipple. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Joyce and Corlyn.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Knipple will be offered on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church, where Rev. Dwight Schlaline will officiate. Interment will follow the service in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation dba Cure Alzheimer's Fund; 34 Washington Street Suite 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or to help preserve Lois’ beloved Highland Light House and Keeper’s home donate to Highland Lighthouse, P.O. Box 699, North Truro, MA 02652.

We respectfully request that visitors at the wake or funeral wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines out of an abundance of caution for the health of Lois' loved ones.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Our Lady of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church
    305 N. Prince St.
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    Friday, September 25th, 2020
    Rev. Fr. Dwight Schlaline
  • Interment

    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    3218 Philadelphia Ave.
    Chambersburg, PA
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Matthew and Fawn Bradley and Your Nieces and Nephews sent flowers to the family of Lois J. Knipple (Ohlemacher).
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Julie Davis Slauterbeck

I am so sorry to hear of Lois's passing. We graduated high school together and I considered her a good friend. She was the upbeat "Put-in-Bay" girl with a happy smile and a good word for everyone.
I was so happy to see that she used her many talents to bless her family and friends. She was always a lot of fun to be with. My heart aches for your family but she is in a better place and we will be so happy to celebrate together in the "world tomorrow." What a wonderful class reunion we will have then!! May God grant you peace and comfort. Blessings, Julie Davis Slauterbeck
Comment | Posted at 11:14am via Condolence

Michele Raubenstine Durf

I am so sorry to hear of this. I met Lois while working at Kmart in Ship when she came in and stocked our card isle. It was a joy to see her as she always made me laugh with her stories. Now every time I am in a card isle at a store I think of her and smile. She was a wonderful lady that will be missed. RIP Lois and thank you for always making my workdays happy back then!
Comment | Posted at 09:54am via Condolence

Lisa Shoap

I am so sorry to see this Tracy and Jamie. Your Mom was just a ray of sunshine. We would always gab when I ran into her. I had not seen her in quite sometime and always thought of her while I was in the card isle at the story. A big hug to you all.
Lisa (Johns) Shoap
Comment | Posted at 12:05pm via Condolence

Sondra House

i am so sorry for your loss, she was a real peach. Loved her laugh and go get her person. She was a good neighbor .
Comment | Posted at 10:04am via Condolence

Joan Wertenbach

Sending hugs and prayers to Lois's family ,, A Put-in-Bay friend
Comment | Posted at 11:43am via Condolence

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