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Katherine (Kay) W. Kneas passed away on March 19, 2013 at Einstein/Montgomery Hospital following a brief illness. She was a resident of Meadowood Assisted Living Community in Worcester having moved there in 2001 after living 50 years in East Norriton Township where she made many life-long friends. Kay was born August 4, 1917, the oldest child of Mary (Lindsay) and Frank A. Wood of Conshohocken. Following graduation from Conshohocken High School at the age of 16, Kay earned her B.S. degree from Ursinus College, followed by a master's degree in library science from Drexel University. Kay married John (Jack) J. Kneas on October 25, 1947. They had 2 children, K. Lindsay Kneas of Horsham and John W. Kneas of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jack preceded her in death in 1988. After being a stay-at-home mother for most of her children's formative years she worked briefly for East Norriton Township and then for 13 years as a reference librarian at Ursinus College until her retirement in 1980. Ursinus College played an important role for Kay in addition to being a student and employer. Many family members followed her lead by attending Ursinus. Kay was a long-time member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Norristown, Militia Hills Questors, and Pi Alpha Sorority where she was past president. Kay maintained an active lifestyle - she enjoyed knitting sweaters and afghans for her children and grandchildren, playing bridge into her 90s, taking walks, and at Meadowood playing pocket billiards where she gained the reputation as a 'pool shark' after getting her own pool cue. Kay especially enjoyed the annual summer family vacations in Stone Harbor, and after retirement she and Jack spent the month of September in Avalon with their close friends Jane and Sam Miller of Norristown. Surviving family members include her brother, Frank (Nancy) Wood of Wyncote, her children, her daughter-in-law Ann Kneas, 3 grandchildren Aaron (Sarah) Kneas of Charlotte, N.C., David (Jessie) of New Haven, CT., and Katie (Kevin) Blair of Lansing, MI., 6 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions in her memory may go to Ursinus College with designation to the Friends of Myrin Library, c/o Ursinus College Advancement Office, 601 E. Main St. Collegeville, PA. 19426 or All Saints Episcopal Church. A memorial service to celebrate Kay's life and achievements will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 535 Haws Avenue, Norristown, PA, 19401. A private interment service at Riverside Cemetery in Norristown will follow. Family services are by Boyd-Horrox of East Norriton 610-277-7000. To share your fondest memory of Kay visit www.lifecelebration.com

Published in The Times Herald on Mar. 21, 2013
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