News Death Notice

KNAPKE, Ann K. 72, 142 Cottonwood Drive, Celina, Ohio, died on June 16, 2013. Ann was born on January 14, 1941, to Henry and Ester (Nordenbrock) Schenking in Celina. She received her nursing degree from Mount St. Joseph College in 1963 and on July 4, 1964, she married Thomas A. Knapke. She worked as a nurse for a time but decided she wanted to pursue a teaching career. In 1972, Ann received her Master's Degree in Special Education from Wright State University and enjoyed a fulfilling teaching career which spanned thirty years. Although Ann enjoyed nursing and teaching, her greatest love was her family. She is survived by her best friend and husband Tom, and beloved children, Gregg {Deborah) Knapke, St. Paris, Ohio and Beth (Thomas J.) Westgerdes, Fort Recovery, Ohio; her sister Elaine (Rocque) Kramer, Alexandria, VA; and her grandchildren Todd (Amanda) Baker, St. Paris, Amber (Matt) Beavers, Springboro, Ohio, Dylan Westgerdes, Fort Recovery and her great-grandchild Blakely Beavers, Springboro. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Jack and Fred Schenking. Ann enjoyed a very active social life with her many friends. She had great fun with the pals in her chapter of the Red Hats Society. She enjoyed summertime getaways with the Lake Group as well as wintering with her friends in Naples, Florida. Ann supported her chosen profession by belonging to the Mercer County Retired Teachers Association and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. She tried daily to live her faith and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina. Ann had many interests and hobbies including sewing, cooking, and traveling. She was an avid proponent of alternative methods of healing and health and wellness. Her belief in a holistic approach to all aspects of health led her to owning her own business, Gentle Health. Ann had a lifelong enthusiasm about education in general but specifically art education. She took great pleasure in producing canvas paintings and hoped to inspire others to create art as a means of self-expression. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 19, from 1 to 9 p.m. and Thursday morning 9:30 - 10:30 before the service at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, Fr. Ron Wilker presiding. Memorials can be made to the Thomas A. and Ann K. ·Knapke Art Fund through the Mercer County Civic Foundation or the Thomas A. and Ann K. Knapke Scholarship through the Western Ohio Educational Foundation at Wright State University Lake Campus.

Funeral Home

Cisco Funeral Home
6921 State Route 703 Celina, OH 45822
(419) 586-8465

Published in Dayton Daily News on June 19, 2013