UPPER ARLINGTON - Nancy Jayne White Knoop, 72, of Upper Arlington, passed away Feb. 10, 2013, as a result of a cancerous brain tumor.
Nancy was born in Sidney on Sept. 12, 1940. She graduated from Sidney High School, first in her class, and received a business degree in accounting from The Ohio State University. She was the only woman in her class and a member/officer of Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honorary.
Nancy married her high school love Charles "Charlie" Knoop on Sept. 10, 1960. They dated for six years and were married 52 years. They have two wonderful sons, William T. "Bill" and Peter "Pete" J. Knoop.
She worked both in business and various nonprofits, especially her church, Bethel Presbyterian. In addition, she served many organizations: AAUW, Kinder Key (president), Children's Hospital, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Young Life.
Nancy loved to cross-stitch and belonged to several stitching groups; however, she had a real passion for gardening. She loved working in her garden and sharing that passion with others. Nancy always considered her primary job to be loving, nurturing and caring for her sons and husband, which was more than a full-time job. Small but mighty, Nancy may have been vertically challenged at 4 foot, 11 inches, but she was never short in caring and loving. Her quick wit, heart-warming smile and twinkling eyes led many to discover her caring demeanor, giving spirit and huge heart. Driving it all was her love for God, which fueled her love for others. She brought these loves alive to countless numbers of us.
Although she is no longer with us, it's now ours to pass on by continuing her legacy of loving God and loving others.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Charlie; sons, Bill, 48, of Phoenix, and Pete, 44, of Singapore/Northville, Mich.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Herzog, of Upper Arlington; niece, Barbara Herzog, and children, Jake Early and Kaitlyn Early of Upper Arlington; niece, Judy (Herzog) Wertz, and her husband, Dan, and children Trevor and Nathan, of Centerville; and her stepmother, Opal White, of Mentor.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, William C. "Bill" and Betty Jane (French) White; grandparents, W. Earl and Marion White and Joseph and (Nancy) Elizabeth French; and a grandniece Courtney Wertz.
Friends may call at Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel, 3100 N. High St, Columbus, Thursday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Bethel Presbyterian Church 1735 Bethel Road. Columbus (corner of Bethel and Reed) followed by Celebration Service at 11 a.m. Dr. Rev. Jerry Kasberg will lead us in the celebration of Nancy's life. Interment Union Cemetery, Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial Young Life Camp scholarship in Nancy's name will be established to pass it on by sending high school students to experience the best week of their lives at a camp. For donations and questions, contact Young Life Columbus, 3857 North High St, Columbus, OH 43214, or (firstname.lastname@example.org). www.southwickfuneral.com
Published in Sidney Daily News on Feb. 12, 2013