L. Audrey (Waddell) Knofla, 81, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away at her home Saturday, March 23, 2013, surrounded by family, following a brief illness.
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Audrey was born on Oct. 21, 1931, in Manchester to the late George H. and Anne (Denler) Waddell. She spent the majority of her life in Manchester and her family was the beneficiary of her reflections of national and local events. She often recounted stories such as riding to her grandmother's house at the age of 10 for a Sunday dinner and hearing radio reports of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In contrast, she sought to erase from her memory the day in 1944, when as a 12 year old, she survived the Hartford Circus fire. She was a graduate of Manchester High School, Class of 1949, and Edgewood Park Junior College, Briarcliffe Manor, N.Y., Class of 1951. She married Edward "Bill" Hackett in 1953 and moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Library of Congress. Audrey's memories of her years in Washington included numerous elevator rides with Sen. John F. Kennedy and seeing the Queen Mother during her visit to the Library of Congress. Upon returning to Manchester and following the death of her husband, she married Donald Knofla in 1959. Audrey was a parishioner of St. Bartholomew Church in Manchester since its inception. She was a member of the Little Flowers of Jesus Mothers Circle for 49 years where she shared fellowship and faith with women in town. She was a member for many years of the Republican Women's Club in Manchester, along with a gourmet club. From 1988 to 2013, Audrey was a devoted and beloved child care worker at the Children's Place Inc. in Manchester. She was a good neighbor for over 50 years and was proud of her country.
She is survived by two sons, John Hackett, and his wife, Margaret Hackett, of Manchester, David Knofla, and his wife, Tanja, of Manchester; two daughters, Tracy Knofla, and her partner, Karen Anderson, of Guilford, and Amory Lanciano, and her husband, David, of Manchester. She was predeceased by Bill Hackett and Donald Knofla; her brother, Howard Waddell; and her beloved son, Andrew Knofla. She is also survived by four cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Hackett, Andrew Lanciano, Kevin Lanciano, and Ian Knofla. Audrey also leaves several nieces and nephews, and cherished friends.
The family is grateful to the remarkable staff at Manchester Memorial Hospital, the Vernon Visiting Nurses Hospice, and Catherine McDermott for their compassionate care.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. at Watkins Funeral Home, 142 E. Center St., Manchester, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Watkins Funeral Home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bartholomew Church, 45 Ludlow Road, Manchester. Burial will take place at East Cemetery in Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Audrey's memory may be made to the Andrew J. Knofla Scholarship, c/o Manchester Scholarship Foundation, 20 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT 06040.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 25 to Mar. 29, 2013